Another gem submitted by Travis
Have a listen to Rod Stewart “Do Ya Think I’m Sexy?” (1977) and Jorge Ben Jor (aka Jorge Ben) “Taj Mahal” (1972). It took me a few minutes to track down the original release date for “Taj Mahal” from Ben as it was re-recorded for the 1976 record África Brasil. Ben Jor successfully sued Rod Stewart in what resulted in quite a positive outcome:
Ben Jor may be an urban poet, but he’s certainly no soft touch. In his celebrated spat with Rod Stewart, Ben Jor successfully sued the Scottish crooner after he ‘borrowed’ the melody of the Ben Jor song Taj Mahal for the chorus of his hit Da Ya Think I’m Sexy.
Nowadays Ben Jor seems remarkably sanguine about the affair. He explained how the dispute with Stewart had been settled amicably, with the Scottish singer agreeing to donate the profits from his song to UNICEF. – Expatica.com