Whitney Houston’s “The Greatest Love of All” Lifted From Gordon Lightfoot

I thought I was going crazy again. But nope. This is why I’m still running this site. Here’s a song by Gordon Lightfoot from 1970 called “If You Could Read My Mind”. The chorus… that chorus… where have I heard that before? Ah, yes. It’s Whitney Houston’s 1985 “The Greatest Love of All”. But wait… that recording is a cover? The original was recorded in 1977 by George Benson for a Muhammad Ali documentary called “The Greatest”. And the song was actually written by composer Michael Masser. And it turns out Lightfoot actually sued Masser in 1987.

In 1987, Lightfoot filed a lawsuit against Michael Masser, the composer of Whitney Houston’s hit “The Greatest Love of All”, alleging plagiarism of 24 bars of “If You Could Read My Mind”; the transitional section that begins “I decided long ago never to walk in anyone’s shadow” of the Masser song has the same melody as “I never thought I could act this way and I got to say that I just don’t get it; I don’t know where we went wrong but the feeling’s gone and I just can’t get it back” of Lightfoot’s song. Lightfoot has stated that he dropped the lawsuit when he felt it was having a negative effect on the singer Houston because the lawsuit was about the writer and not her. He also said that he did not want people to think that he had stolen his melody from Masser. The case was settled out of court, and Masser issued a public apology.
– source: wikipedia

I guess in those days it took a lot longer for a song to make the rounds. These days fans immediately jump to social media to point these things out. Anyway, have a listen!



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Whitney Houston vs. X-Men Theme

Lady Gaga vs. Whitney Houston

Natalie La Rose vs. Whitney Houston vs. LMFAO

John Mayer vs. Matt Kearney vs. Coldplay

John Mayer - "New Light"

My friend Nicole just sent this one to me. I’ve never heard Matt Kearney before but I certainly heard John Mayer’s “New Light” (2018). There are definitely some similarities here. While listening to Kearney’s “Can’t Look Back” I also started to hear some of Coldplay’s “Viva La Vida”. Have a listen below!

John Mayer – “New Light” (2018)

Matt Kearney – “Can’t Look Back” (2020)

Coldplay – “Viva La Vida” (2008)

See Also

U2 vs. John Mayer

Coldplay vs. David Guetta

Coldplay vs. Killing Joke

Coldplay vs. Kraftwerk

UPDATE: Survivor vs. Coldplay vs. Joe Satriani vs. Cat Stevens vs. Creaky Boards

Did Tekashi 6ix9ine Rip This Beat for GOOBA?

Tekashi69 GOOBA

According to TMZ Tekashi 6ix9ie is being sued by beat making company BeatDemons.  Although the TMZ article doesn’t offer up many specifics it seems that BeatDemons is alleging Tekashi ripped one of their tracks for his new song “GOOBA”. Although the business model of BeatDemons is to license their backing tracks for music I guess Tekashi didn’t license this one? Or ripped it off? Or took the general vibe and made his own version? Or is it entirely coincidental? I don’t know. I guess it’s up to the courts to decide. Or you can make your own judgement and leave it in the comments. That is what the internet is for, right? Lucky for Tekashi you can’t go to prison over copyright infringement…or can you?

6IX9INE- GOOBA (2020)

Beat Demons – “Regular” (2018)

So I guess if you wanted to make your own track that sounds like this you can pay $40 and get it here. And you won’t get sued because you’re doing it correctly.

This seems like a similar situation when in both Justin Bieber and Asher Monroe apparently both used the same stock track for their music:

Justin Bieber used a royalty-free sample on his new album (and so did Asher Monroe)

 

Have a nice day!