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3 August 2013
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Prompted by this thread at the Steve Hoffman Music Forums, The Examiner posted an article called Did the the Beatles sample Dave Brubeck?

The "Kathy's Waltz" sample at 1:01 is pretty convincing.

Can you think of others? The first one that jumps at me is the bassline in "I Saw Her Standing There," taken from Chuck Berry's "I'm Talking About You," but I can't think of melodic similarities offhand.


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Look at "Come Together".  That one bit John so hard he ended up having to make a terrible '50s covers album to make up for it.  

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My favourite is the opening lines of Do You Want To Know A Secret being borrowed from the Disney film of Snow White

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Zig said
There must be dozens of examples - this is nothing new. The Beatles, to a man, admitted many times that they nicked ideas from everybody they ever heard and liked. The key for them was to not just steal the ideas, but to make them better.

The earliest example that comes to mind is the Roy Orbison style originally used for 'Please Please Me'.


In Holland we have a saying which basically says it's better to steal ideas and make them better than to come up with ideas yourself that are shit.

If I literally translate it it's ''Better well stolen than badly invented''. I think that applies here.

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Maybe because most of us are grown after that era?At least I am..

I Always wonder, what if I grow up on 60's and listen to the Beatles,

would I be as fanatical as New Kid on The Block Fan of the 80's kid?

or maybe One Direction Fan of 10's Kid?


Because, without lessen the importance of them,

what they did is pretty much similar, covering popular songs, genius songwriting , although not as far as The Beatles did,

but the Beatles was pioneering what Industry standard leading artist now.


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Ridiculous Examiner article there, in my opinion. Sure, the Beatles stole little riffs and melodies and phrases that were already out there ("Drive My Car" guitar part from Otis Redding, "life goes on, brah" from Jimmy Scott) but they surely didn't "sample" those artists. Melodic and verbal quotations and imitations are not the same as taking actual physical recordings of the artists in question! Plus there was no such thing as literal digital sampling technology when the band were active, of course.

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