Give a Little Bit

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"Give a Little Bit"
Single by Supertramp
from the album Even in the Quietest Moments...
B-side "Downstream"
Released May 1977 (1977-05)
Format 7" vinyl
Genre Rock, folk rock, pop rock, progressive rock
Length 4:08
Label A&M
Writer(s) Rick Davies, Roger Hodgson
Producer(s) Supertramp
Supertramp singles chronology
"Sister Moonshine"
(1976)
"Give a Little Bit"
(1977)
"Babaji"
(1977)
Even in the Quietest Moments track listing
  1. "Give a Little Bit"
  2. "Lover Boy"
  3. "Even in the Quietest Moments"
  4. "Downstream"
  5. "Babaji"
  6. "From Now On"
  7. "Fool's Overture"

"Give a Little Bit" is the opening song on Supertramp's 1977 album Even in the Quietest Moments.... The song was released as a single that same year and became an international hit for the band, peaking at number 15 on the Billboard Pop Singles chart.[1] It was a chart hit in the band's native UK, reaching number 29 on the UK Singles Chart.[2] The single was re-released in 1992 to raise funds for the ITV Telethon Charity event, but failed to chart.

Its writing credits are given to Rick Davies and Roger Hodgson, although it is a Hodgson composition.[3] Hodgson and Davies shared writing credits from 1974 until 1983, when Hodgson left Supertramp. The song is characterized by the ringing tones of 12-string acoustic guitars, which is joined by a Hohner Clavinet through a Leslie speaker in the bridge of the song.

Drummer Bob Siebenberg recounted that "Roger had been working at Malibu for quite a while on this tune. I'd hear the song in hotel rooms and places like that. He had the song on a little tape when I first joined the band so I was quite familiar with the tune. We tried out various drum things and it seemed right to ride it along on the snare drum... giving it something almost like a train beat. So it's all on the snare and bass drum, with no tom-tom fills or anything."[3]

Live performances[edit]

"Give a Little Bit" was recorded to be released on the live album Paris, but the song was dropped because the band members found all the available recordings of the song to be of unacceptable quality.[4] After Hodgson had left Supertramp, it was included in almost all his live performances. The song has also been performed by Hodgson during his tour with Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band in 2001, a recording appears on the album Ringo Starr and Friends. On Sunday 1 July 2007, Roger Hodgson sang this song as his finale for his short set at the Concert for Diana, held in Wembley Stadium in London.

After Hodgson's departure from Supertramp, the band included the song for the first time in their set list in 2002 during One More For The Road Tour. The song was sung by Jesse Siebenberg. They also played the song in their 70-10 Tour since September 2010.

Track listings[edit]

7" vinyl single (1977)[edit]

Side one
No. Title Length
1. "Give a Little Bit"   3:20
Side two
No. Title Length
1. "Downstream"   4:00

CD single (1990)[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Give a Little Bit"   4:07
2. "The Logical Song" (Live version) 3:41
3. "Bloody Well Right" (Live version) 6:11

CD single (1992)[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Give a Little Bit"   4:10
2. "Give a Little Bit" (Live version) 4:03
3. "Breakfast in America"   2:38

CD single (2012)[edit]

Give a Little Bit (with choir)

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1977) Peak
position
UK Singles Chart[2] 29
Dutch GfK charts[5] 2
Dutch Top 40[6] 2
German Singles Chart[7] 29
Norwegian Singles Chart[8] 9
U.S. Billboard Pop Singles[1] 15

Personnel[edit]

Goo Goo Dolls version[edit]

"Give a Little Bit"
Single by Goo Goo Dolls
from the album Let Love In and Live in Buffalo: July 4th 2004
B-side "Sympathy"
Released October 5, 2004
Format CD, Download
Genre Acoustic rock, alternative rock
Length 3:35
Label Warner Bros.
Writer(s) Rick Davies/Roger Hodgson
Producer(s) Goo Goo Dolls and Rob Cavallo
Goo Goo Dolls singles chronology
"Sympathy"
(2002)
"Give a Little Bit"
(2004)
"Better Days"
(2005)

In 2005, the Goo Goo Dolls covered the song, releasing it as a single. It peaked at number 37 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in February, 2005.[9] It was first covered (partially) in 2001, when guitarist/lead vocalist Johnny Rzeznik appeared in an ad for The Gap singing the song along with other artists. The song opened the live album Live in Buffalo: July 4th, 2004, and later appeared as a track on their hit album Let Love In. In May 2006, their version of "Give a Little Bit" was honored by the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) in recognition of being one of the most played songs in the ASCAP repertoire in 2005.[10]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Give a Little Bit"   3:35
2. "Sympathy"   2:58
3. "Give a Little Bit" (Acoustic version) 3:35

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2005) Peak
position
Austrian Singles Chart[11] 45
German Singles Chart[7] 78
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[12] 37
U.S. Billboard Adult Contemporary[12] 5
U.S. Billboard Adult Top 40[12] 1
U.S. Billboard Top 40 Tracks[12] 30

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "allmusic – Supertramp – Billboard singles". Retrieved 22 February 2009 (2009-02-22). 
  2. ^ a b "Chart Stats – Supertramp – Give a Little Bit". Retrieved 22 February 2009. 
  3. ^ a b Melhuish, Martin (1986). The Supertramp Book. Toronto, Canada: Omnibus Press. pp. 119–137. ISBN 0-9691272-2-7. 
  4. ^ Melhuish, Martin (1986). The Supertramp Book. Toronto, Canada: Omnibus Press. pp. 163–5. ISBN 0-9691272-2-7. 
  5. ^ "dutchcharts.nl – Supertramp – Give A Little Bit". Retrieved 22 February 2009. 
  6. ^ "De Nederlandse Top 40, week 43, 1977". Retrieved 22 February 2009. 
  7. ^ a b "charts-surfer.de search results for "Give a Little Bit"". Retrieved 22 February 2009. 
  8. ^ "norwegiancharts.com – Supertramp – Give A Little Bit". Retrieved 22 February 2009. 
  9. ^ (February 26, 2005). Billboard Hot 100, Billboard.
  10. ^ "23rd Annual ASCAP Pop Music Awards, Los Angeles, 2006, Most performed songs". Retrieved 22 February 2009. [dead link]
  11. ^ "The Goo Goo Dolls – Give A Little Bit – austriancharts.at". Retrieved 22 February 2009. 
  12. ^ a b c d "allmusic – Goo Goo Dolls – Billboard singles". Retrieved 22 February 2009 (2009-02-22). 

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