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Da Ya Think I'm Sexy? (Rod Stewart) | Sounds Like | Taj Mahal (Jorge Ben)

Da Ya Think I'm Sexy? by Rod Stewart Taj Mahal by Jorge Ben



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Brazilian artist Jorge Ben (now known as Jorge Ben Jor) released his composition Taj Mahal in 1972. Rod Stewart released his disco come-on Da Ya Think I'm Sexy? in 1978. Ben claimed infringment of his song, and brought a lawsuit against Stewart, which was settled with Stewart donating all of the royalties for Da Ya Think I'm Sexy? to Unicef. Stewart recalled in his 2012 autobiography, "I held my hand up straight away. Not that I'd stood in the studio and said, 'Here, I know we'll use that tune from Taj Mahal as the chorus. The writer lives in Brazil, so he'll never find out.' Clearly the melody had lodged itself in my memory and then resurfaced. Unconscious plagiarism, plain and simple.". Check out the vocal melody in Taj Mahal (around :54) and the chorus melody in Da Ya Think I'm Sexy? (around :51). [Thanks to Maria Marin for this one.]

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