Late American singer-songwriter and musician John Weldon Cale, better known as J.J. Cale influenced artists on both sides of the Atlantic with his brand of laid-back blues (e.g. Clapton, Knopfler, Waylon Jennings, Jerry Garcia). Cale's River Runs Deep (released in 1972) seems to have inspired Dire Strait's Six Blade Knife (released only six-years later in 1978). Both songs are in the key of A minor, and have close tempos (RRD: 113bpm, SBK: 118), and similar chord progressions typical of the genre: River Runs Deep follows a i-IV (or minor 1-4) , while Six Blade Knife follows a i-III-IV (minor 1-3-4). Have a listen, RRD (:44) and SBK (1:57). [Thanks to Laurence Groffman for this one!]
Canadian indie-rock darlings Arcade Fire's latest single Here Comes The Night Time (released September 2013) seems to be channeling late English soul/pop singer Robert Palmer's 1978 hit Every Kinda People (which itself was patterned after Marvin Gaye's Mercy Mercy Me). Similarities between EKP and HCTN include tempo (EKP: 93bpm, HCTN 95bpm), production (steel drums, congas, guitar, bass, drum parts), and the rhythm of the melody for the steel drum part from EKP's chorus is very close to the rhythm of the vocal melody for HCTN's verse ("When you look at the sky, just try looking inside"). Every Kinda People (:43) and Here Comes The Night Time (6:08).