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Gimme Some Lovin'


The Spencer Davis Group

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In Rolling Stone magazine, bassist Muff Winwood said, "Steve (Winwood) had been singing, 'Gimme some lovin',' just yelling anything. It took about an hour to write, then down the pub for lunch."
This was remixed for US release with added percussion and a female chorus, becoming the first American hit for The Spencer Davis Group (They had already had had a #1 the previous year in the UK with "Keep On Running.")
The first release of this song was by The Jordan Brothers, who were a Rock band from the Philadelphia area. Frank Jordan explained to the Forgotten Hits newsletter:
"Artists back in the 50's and 60's relied heavily on the record company's people to come up with a hit for them. This was the case with The Jordan Brothers' band. Upon recieving a phone call from the people at our record company in New York, we packed up our instruments and, along with our father, we went to the Big Apple. The people at our company played a 'demo' or demonstration of the song Gimme Some Lovin' for us to hear and approve. We all agreed that we liked the song and agreed to record it. Little did we know that it was the actual 8 track tape we listened to containing Steve Winwood's vocal, organ, a lead guitar, bass guitar and drums. The other remaining tracks were open for any additional accompanyment. We did not know this at the time or how our record company got hold of the original recording. We may never know. Or how the other record company that recorded the other tracks on it got a hold of it. We learned the song, recorded it on that same trip and it was released in three major cities in the U.S. So, we did have the first release in the U.S. and the record took off immediately. It boasted huge sales in three major cities which would make the Spencer Davis version seem like it was a cover. The Spencer Davis version was enhanced with more instrumentation and background voices which gave it somewhat of a 'soul sound,' a term used back then for a sound produced at Motown records which was very popular at the time. The Spencer Davis version was released and it got immediate attention. It didn't take long for it to take over our version and cover it."
In 1980 The Blues Brothers returned this song to the American Top 20 when their cover from the soundtrack of The Blues Brothers reached #18.
This was featured in the 1999 film Notting Hill. Other movies where it appeared include Days of Thunder, The Big Chill and Sleepers. (thanks, Edward Pearce - Ashford, Kent, England, for all above)
Steve Winwood later covered the song with Traffic on their live album Welcome to the Canteen. (thanks, James - Tracy, CA)
This was use in a TV commercial for Allstate insurance. The Grateful Dead's cover of this song was used in a commercial for Ameriprse Retirement Planning. (thanks, Josh Deutchman - Pound Ridge, NY)
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Comments (10):

The prominent bass line in this song is entirely based off of a riff in Homer Bank's "Ain't That A Whole Lot Of Love" (Muff Winwood completely stole that whole line from that song, now I'm not sure if he knew the song or was aware of his infringement when he wrote the song with his brother Steve and Spencer Davis, but it is a blatant rip off). He might have unconsciously stole the riff. Who knows, but it doesn't take away from the fact that Homer Banks wasn't even given credit, so the Band basically claimed that it was a %100 original composition, which isn't true by any means. I'm surprised there was no Lawsuit. they're really should have been.
- Sam Williams, Sherman Oaks, CA
a lot of folks like to do this song, its an early classic, and Winwoods is the best.
But another favorite version for me is Olivia Newton John on her totally hot Totally HOT album 1978
- Bill, pensacola, FL
I went to a Tom Petty concert a couple weeks ago and Steve Winwood opened for him. About halfway through Petty's set, he brought Winwood back out. They played this song and it was the best live song I've ever heard.
- Scott, Boston, MA
"Ain't that a lot of love " (The song that Taj Mahal sings on "Rolling Stones Circus ") has the same riff.
- juan, Buenos Aires, Argentina
We used to dance a lot with this one in Buenos Aires.
- juan, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Best song Winwood ever did. One of the great Rock &
Roll singles of the 60's. O.N-J did a version of this...but you can't beat the original
- Nunzio, Darwin, Australia
'Little' Stevie Winwood at his finest!
- Alan, Milwaukee, WI
makes me wanna relive the sixtees.
- lexie, haifa, Israel
The inspiration for My Sharona
- Mark, Seattle, WA
A very good song with a super beat; surely the best of Steve Winwood and The Spencer Davis Group. One of the great hits hit from 1966 like "Sloop John B" Beach Boys, "Bus Stop" Hollies "Hanky Panky" Tommy James and The Shondells, "California Dreaming" The Mamas and The Papas "96 Tears" Question Mark and The Mysterians and "River deep, mountain high" Ike and Tina Turner.
- Teresa, Mechelen, Belgium
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