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"Gimme Some Lovin'" is a song written by Steve Winwood, Spencer Davis and Muff Winwood, although solely credited to Winwood on the UK single label, and performed by the Spencer Davis Group.

"Gimme Some Lovin'"
Gimme Some Lovin'.jpg
Netherlands single picture sleeve
Single by The Spencer Davis Group
B-side"Blues in F"
Released28 October 1966 (1966-10-28)[1]
Format7-inch single
Recorded9–10 and 14 June, 21 September 1966[1]
LabelFontana U.K.
United Artists U.S.
The Spencer Davis Group singles chronology
"When I Come Home"
"Gimme Some Lovin'"
"I'm a Man"
Audio sample
"Gimme Some Lovin'"
Gimme Some Lovin' - Blues Brothers.jpg
Single by Blues Brothers
from the album The Blues Brothers soundtrack
B-side"She Caught the Katy"
ReleasedMay 1980
Format7-inch single
LabelAtlantic U.S.
Blues Brothers singles chronology
"Rubber Biscuit"
"Gimme Some Lovin'"
"Who's Making Love"

As recalled by bassist Muff Winwood, the song was conceived, arranged, and rehearsed in just half an hour. At the time, the group was under pressure to come up with another hit, following the relatively poor showing of their previous single, "When I Come Home", written by Jamaican-born musician Jackie Edwards, who had also penned their earlier number one hits, "Keep On Running" and "Somebody Help Me". The band auditioned and rejected other songs Edwards offered them, and they let the matter slide until, with a recording session looming, manager Chris Blackwell took them to London, put them in a rehearsal room at the Marquee Club, and ordered them to come up with a new song.

"We started to mess about with riffs, and it must have been eleven o'clock in the morning. We hadn't been there half an hour, and this idea just came. We thought, bloody hell, this sounds really good. We fitted it all together and by about twelve o'clock, we had the whole song. Steve had been singing 'Gimme, gimme some loving' - you know, just yelling anything, so we decided to call it that. We worked out the middle eight and then went to a cafe that's still on the corner down the road. Blackwell came to see how we were going on, to find our equipment set up and us not there, and he storms into the cafe, absolutely screaming, 'How can you do this?' he screams. Don't worry, we said. We were all really confident. We took him back, and said, how's this for half an hour's work, and we knocked off 'Gimme Some Lovin' and he couldn't believe it. We cut it the following day and everything about it worked. That very night we played a North London club and tried it out on the public. It went down a storm. We knew we had another No. 1."[4]

In 1966, "Gimme Some Lovin'" reached number two in the UK and number seven in the US.[5] The song is ranked number 247 on the Rolling Stone magazine's list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.[6]

The original UK version, which is the 'master' take of the song, differs in several respects from the version subsequently released in the US on the United Artists label, being slower, lacking the 'response' backing vocals in the chorus, some percussion, and the "live-sounding" ambience of the US single. These additional overdubs (which were performed by some of the future members of Traffic), and the 'tweaking' of the recording's speed to create a brighter sound, were the work of producer Jimmy Miller, who remixed the song for its US release. (The US version has more often been used on reissue CDs, even those coming from Europe.) The single features the sound of the Hammond B-3 organ.



Cover VersionsEdit

Chart historyEdit

Spencer Davis Group
Chart (1966-67) Peak
Canada RPM Top Singles 1
Ireland (IRMA)[9] 7
New Zealand (Listener) [10] 5
South Africa (Springbok) [11] 18
UK [5] 2
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 [12] 7
U.S. Cash Box Top 100 [13] 5
Blues Brothers
Chart (1980) Peak
Canada RPM Top Singles [14] 22
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 [15] 18
U.S. Cash Box Top 100 [16] 16

Commercial usageEdit


  1. ^ a b "Willa Dean Parker and Rose Banks as successor to Homer Banks v. Mervyn Winwood, Spencer Davis, Steve Winwood, The Spencer Davis Group, Kobalt Music Publishing, And Universalsongs of Polygram International, Inc". Loeb & Loeb LLP. In The United States District Court Middle District Of Tennessee Nashville Division. 17 October 2018. Archived from the original (PDF) on 7 February 2018.
  2. ^ Michael Uslan; Dick Clark; Bruce Solomon (1981). Dick Clark's the First 25 Years of Rock & Roll. Dell Publishing Company. p. 203. ISBN 978-0-440-51763-4. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  3. ^ Marvin E. Paymer (July 1993). Facts behind the songs: a handbook of American popular music from the nineties to the '90s. Garland Pub. p. 247. ISBN 978-0-8240-5240-9. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  4. ^ Muff Winwood, quoted by John Bell, liner notes to Eight Gigs A Week: The Spencer David Group - The Steve Winwood Years (Island Records, 1996)
  5. ^ a b Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 143. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  6. ^ "500 Greatest Songs of All Time". Rolling Stone. 7 April 2011. Retrieved 8 March 2019.
  7. ^ Cash Box Top 100 Singles, August 2, 1980
  8. ^ WLS Musicradio 89 survey, August 16, 1980
  9. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – Gimme Some Lovin'". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved February 3, 2019.
  10. ^ [ Flavour of New Zealand, ]
  11. ^ "SA Charts 1965–March 1989". Retrieved 5 September 2018.
  12. ^ Joel Whitburn's Top Pop Singles 1955–1990 - ISBN 0-89820-089-X
  13. ^ Cash Box Top 100 Singles, March 4, 1967
  14. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Retrieved 3 February 2019.
  15. ^ Joel Whitburn's Top Pop Singles 1955–1990 - ISBN 0-89820-089-X
  16. ^ Cash Box Top 100 Singles, July 26, 1980
  17. ^ "Walmart Grocery Pickup TV Commercial, 'Thanksgiving Meal Gimme Some Lovin' Song by the Spencer Davis Group". Retrieved 18 November 2018.
  18. ^ IMDb entry for Spencer Davis, Retrieved March 22nd, 2019.
  19. ^ Scene from motion picture Iron Eagle, courtesy of YouTube, Retrieved March 22nd, 2019.