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I play a bit of guitar. Not well. But I have fun. The other day I had an idea for a song – a few lines of lyric, a vague idea of melody – so I grabbed my old Gibson and started plucking away. Within a few minutes of transferring thought to fretboard, I realized I had written a truly great song, indeed. Good enough to be a top ten hit for the Stray cats in ’82. My song was nearly identical to “Stray Cat Strut”.

I am not the first person to whom this has happened. A lot of songs make it onto records and out into the world before they’re recognized as the copies they may be. And sometimes, people get VERY angry about it…

Given the original song and artist, name the subsequent artist and song which were the subject of a copyright dispute (NOTE: not all of these disputes became lawsuits, and some of the cases that did were unsuccessful).

1) “I Want A New Drug” by Huey Lewis & The News
2) “Kookaburra” by Marion Sinclair
3) “He’s So Fine” by The Chiffons
4) “Run Through The Jungle” by Creedence Clearwater Revival
5) “I Won’t Back Down” by Tom Petty
6) “Got To Give It Up” by Marvin Gaye
7) “The Air That I Breathe” by The Hollies
8) “Taurus” by Spirit
9) “The Last Time” by The Rolling Stones
10) “Under Pressure” by Queen & David Bowie

QM Bill

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