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]

As recalled by bassist Muff Winwood, the song was conceived, arranged, rehearsed in just half an hour. At the time, the group were under pressure to come up with another hit, following the relatively poor showing of their previous single, "When I Come Home", written by Jamaican-born musician Jackie Edwards, who had also penned their earlier #1 hits, "Keep On Running" and "Somebody Help Me". The band auditioned and rejected other songs Edwards offered them, and they let the matter slide until, with a recording session looming, manager Chris Blackwell took them to London, put them in a rehearsal room at the Marquee Club, and ordered them to come up with a new song.

"We started to mess about with riffs, and it must have been eleven o'clock in the morning. We hadn't been there half an hour, and this idea just came. We thought, bloody hell, this sounds really good. We fitted it all together and by about twelve o'clock, we had the whole song. Steve had been singing 'Gimme, gimme some loving' - you know, just yelling anything, so we decided to call it that. We worked out the middle eight and then went to a cafe that's still on the corner down the road. Blackwell came to see how we were going on, to find our equipment set up and us not there, and he storms into the cafe, absolutely screaming, 'How can you do this?' he screams. Don't worry, we said. We were all really confident. We took him back, and said, how's this for half an hour's work, and we knocked off 'Gimme Some Lovin' and he couldn't believe it. We cut it the following day and everything about it worked. That very night we played a North London club and tried it out on the public. It went down a storm. We knew we had another No. 1."[4]

"Gimme Some Lovin'" was a UK No. 2 in the Autumn of 1966 and a US No. 7.[5] The song is ranked No. 247 on the Rolling Stone magazine's list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

The original UK version, which is the 'master' take of the song, differs in several respects from the version subsequently released in the US on the United Artists label, being slower, lacking the 'response' backing vocals in the chorus, some percussion, and the "live-sounding" ambience of the US single. These additional overdubs (which were performed by some of the future members of Traffic), and the 'tweaking' of the recording's speed to create a brighter sound, were the work of producer Jimmy Miller, who remixed the song for its US release. (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.[7]

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. ^ Muff Winwood, quoted by John Bell, liner notes to Eight Gigs A Week: The Spencer David Group - The Steve Winwood Years (Island Records, 1996)
  5. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 143. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  6. ^ 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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  8. ^ 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