Songs with Earlier Histories Than the Hit Version

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Tagged: Jorge Ben Jor

Da Ya Think I’m Sexy?

Influenced by “Taj Mahal” by Jorge Ben Jor (1972).
Hit version by Rod Stewart (US #1/R&B #5/UK #1 1978).

From the wiki: “‘Da Ya Think I’m Sexy?’ was recorded by the British singer Rod Stewart for his 1978 album Blondes Have More Fun. It was written by Stewart, Carmine Appice and Duane Hitchings.

“It was alleged that Stewart created the song through partial musical plagiarism. A copyright infringement lawsuit was file by Jorge Ben Jor claiming ‘Do Ya Think I’m Sexy’ was derived from ‘Taj Mahal’, incorporating certain elements of the melody first written and recorded by Ben Jor in 1972. The case was ‘settled amicably’ according to Ben Jor. Stewart admitted to ‘unconscious plagiarism’ of the Ben Jor song in his 2012 autobiography Rod: The Autobiography.”