I recently read an an online article about an artist that I really enjoy listening to and many recording artist I know have been inspired by him. The artist which whom I speak of is non other than the multi talented Bruno Mars. He disclosed in an interview that his platinum chart topping song “Treasure” was inspired by a song titled “Baby I’m Yours” by the French born DJ Producer known as Breakbot. If Mars had never revealed the artist, song and inspiration to what lead to “Treasure”, I probably would have not discovered the artist Break Bot who is now one of my favorite Euro-Electro Disco artist that I am definitely a fan of.
Below Is a list of songs that are definitely influenced by other artist, some of which that even crossed the line and ended up in litigation. My thought is that we all draw inspiration from the works of others but, passing said work off as our own is definitely where the line is crossed. What are your thoughts?
“Treasure “ Bruno Mars influenced by Breakbot “Baby I’m Yours”
“Start” The Jam influenced by The Beatles “Tax Man”
“All or Nothing” Mili Vanilli Blood Sweat &Tears “Spinning Wheel”
“Hello I love you” The Doors influenced by The Kinks “All Day and all of the night”
“Ghost Busters” Ray Parker Jr. Influenced by Huey Lewis and the News “ I Want a New Drug”
“Blurred Lines” Robin Thicke influenced by Marvin Gaye “Got to Give it Up”
“Back In Stride” Maze Featuring Frankie Beverly influenced by L.T.D “Back in Love Again”
“My Sweet Lord” George Harrison influenced by The Chiffons “He’s So Fine”
“What You Know” T.I influenced by Jimmy Hendrix “Hey Joe”
“Blinded By The light” Manfred Mann influenced by Euphemia Allen “Chop Sticks”