Gimme Some Lovin'
|"Gimme Some Lovin'"|
Cover of the 1966 Netherlands single
|Single by The Spencer Davis Group|
|B-side||"Blues in F"|
United Artists (US)
|The Spencer Davis Group singles chronology|
"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 performed by The Spencer Davis Group. 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. "Gimme Some Lovin'" was a UK No. 2 in the Autumn of 1966 and a US No. 7. 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 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.
- The song has been covered by many other artists, including the Blues Brothers in the 1980 film The Blues Brothers.
Uses in film and television
"Gimme Some Lovin'" has been used frequently in television and movies, including the films:
- The Age of Adaline
- Hamburger Hill
- The Boat That Rocked
- Iron Eagle
- Operation Dumbo Drop
- Wild Hogs
- Flight of the Phoenix
- Notting Hill
- The Blues Brothers
- Mr. Destiny
- Sweatin' To The Oldies 3
- The Big Chill
- Good Morning, Vietnam
- Brian's Song
- Days of Thunder
- Soul Surfer
- Tropic Thunder
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 Laker 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:
Uses in Politics
"The RNC House Band" performed the song live at the official 2016 Republican National Convention (Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, Ohio, United States, July 20, 2016) as the opener for Day 3. 
References in other works
- David Bowie sampled the song in "Join The Gang", from his 1967 eponymous debut album.
- Mashup artist Girl Talk used a sample of "Gimme Some Lovin'" in the opening track of his CD, Feed The Animals.
- Zombie Nation samples the song in the opening track to his album Zombielicious, "Mas De Todo".
- American novelist Mary McGarry Morris stated in a 2009 interview on National Public Radio that the idea for her seventh novel The Last Secret came to her as she was listening to the song.
- Michael Uslan; Dick Clark; Bruce Solomon (1981). Dick Clark's the First 25 Years of Rock & Roll. Dell Publishing Company. p. 203. ISBN 978-0-440-51763-4. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
- Marvin E. Paymer (July 1993). Facts behind the songs: a handbook of American popular music from the nineties to the '90s. Garland Pub. p. 247. ISBN 978-0-8240-5240-9. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
- Respect 2003 Page
- Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 143. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
- 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 22 May 2016.
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- Auslander, Philip (2006). who can i be now?. Performing Glam Rock: Gender and Theatricality in Popular Music (University of Michigan Press). p. 115.
During a verse on how expensive fashionable clubs had become, the band ironically plays the opening bars of 'Gimme Some Lovin'' (1966) by the Spencer Davis Group