Gimme Some Lovin'

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"Gimme Some Lovin'"
Single by The Spencer Davis Group
B-side "Blues in F"
Released October 1966
Genre Rock, blue-eyed soul
Length 2:58
Label Fontana TF762 (UK)
United Artists UA50108 (US)
Writer(s) Steve Winwood, Spencer Davis, Muff Winwood
Producer(s) Chris Blackwell
Jimmy Miller
The Spencer Davis Group singles chronology
"When I Come Home"
(1966; UK #12)
"Gimme Some Lovin'"
(1966; UK #2)
"I'm a Man"
(1967; UK #9)

"Gimme Some Lovin'" is a song written by Steve Winwood, Spencer Davis and Muff Winwood, although solely credited to "Steve Winwood" on the UK single label, and originally performed by The Spencer Davis Group. The song was later made popular by the Grateful Dead. 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 No. 2 in the Autumn of 1966 and a US No. 7.[2] The song is ranked No. 247 on the Rolling Stone magazine'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.

Cover versions[edit]

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 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]


  1. ^ Respect 2003 Page
  2. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 143. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  3. ^ Jagernauth, Kevin (28 August 2013). "Watch: New Clip From 'Rush' Plus Details On The Soundtrack Which Includes David Bowie, Thin Lizzy & Hans Zimmer". IndieWire. Retrieved 2013-09-22. 

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