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"Gimme Some Lovin'" is a song written by Steve WinwoodSpencer Davis and Muff Winwood, although solely credited to "Stevie Winwood" on the UK single label, and originally performed by The Spencer Davis Group. The basic riff of the song was borrowed from the Homer Banks song "(Ain't That) A Lot of Love", written by Banks and Willie Dean "Deanie" Parker.[1] "Gimme Some Lovin'" was a UK #2 in the Autumn of 1966 and a US #7.[2] The song is ranked #247 on the Rolling Stonemagazine's list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

The version issued in the UK (and probably most of Europe) is different from that issued in the US on the United Artists label, being slower, and lacking backing vocals, some percussion, and the "live sounding" performance found on the US single. (The US version has more often been used on reissue CDs, even those coming from Europe.) The single features the sound of the Hammond B-3 organ.


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Cover versions[edit][]

The song has been covered by many other artists, including The Blues Brothers in the 1980 film The Blues Brothers. Just before that, Olivia Newton-John recorded it for her 1978 album Totally Hot with members of Toto. In 1982-83 Chicago included it as an encore in their live set with Peter Cetera taking the lead vocal. Queen also often played it during their 1986 Magic Tour.

Other groups who have covered the song include:

The total time of the original song is 3:00.

Uses in film and television[edit][]

"Gimme Some Lovin'" has been used frequently in television and movies, including the films:

The song has been used in television shows, including:

  • "The Brothel Wars", an episode of Crime Story
  • An episode[which?] of Heartbeat
  • An episode[which?] of Jeremy Clarkson's Motorworld
  • An instrumental version was one of the most frequently played songs by the Lakers band for years, and was especially audible on television during breaks in action at The Forum in Inglewood.

The song has also appeared in commercials for:

References in other works[edit][]

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