Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Song of the Day: "Gimme Some Lovin'" by Olivia Newton-John

This one is in honor of Welsh musician and multi-instrumentalist Spencer Davis, who died Monday of pneumonia at age 81. I could be wrong, but I'm pretty sure the first time I heard the Spencer Davis Group's biggest U.S. hit, "Gimme Some Lovin'," was when Olivia Newton-John covered it for her "Totally Hot" album that came out when I was in sixth grade -- and I've been a fan ever since. 

The New York Times notes that Davis played rhythm guitar in the band and occasionally sang lead vocals, lending his baritone voice mostly to blues-oriented material. But it was Steve Winwood, who was only 15 when Davis discovered him, who emerged as the group’s star, singing lead on its hit singles and later becoming an essential figure in British rock through his work with the bands Traffic and Blind Faith and in a long solo career.

RIP, Mr. Davis. And thank you for the music.

Pay close attention to the gla(a)diators and Galaxina's boyfriend! 


JP Aragon said...

Great song and video- love the campy hommages to classic Hollywood and yes you are right the chorus boys were hunks

kafiqe said...

Awesome video, I never saw it before. She does a good job on this song, but I never had the album - too much of a disco head at the time. Was there for her from Xanadu to Soul Kiss though.

Don said...

Yes! Love the ONJ version...and that whole album. She is beautiful on the cover.