Gimme Some Lovin'

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"Gimme Some Lovin'"
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Cover of the 1966 Netherlands single
Single by The Spencer Davis Group
B-side "Blues in F"
Released October 1966 (1966-10)
Format 7" single
Length 2:58
Label Fontana (UK)
United Artists (US)
The Spencer Davis Group singles chronology
"When I Come Home"
"Gimme Some Lovin'"
"I'm a Man"
Music sample

"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.[3] "Gimme Some Lovin'" was a UK No. 2 in the Autumn of 1966 and a US No. 7.[4] 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.

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 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[edit]

"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.[6]

References in other works[edit]


  1. ^ 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. 
  2. ^ 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. 
  3. ^ Respect 2003 Page
  4. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 143. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  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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  7. ^ 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