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Origins: '(Just Like) Starting Over'

GUEST,Bill 20 Jul 16 - 12:22 AM
GUEST,Bill 20 Jul 16 - 12:25 AM
Joe Offer 20 Jul 16 - 01:02 AM
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Subject: Origins:(Just Like) Starting Over
From: GUEST,Bill
Date: 20 Jul 16 - 12:22 AM

When I listen to Lennon's rubato intro to "(Just Like) Starting Over" the more I hear the opening bars of Jesse Belvin's 1959 song "Guess Who". Coincidence or what?


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Subject: Origins: '(Just Like) Starting Over'
From: GUEST,Bill
Date: 20 Jul 16 - 12:25 AM

Oops. See "Origins: Bill"


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Subject: RE: Origins: '(Just Like) Starting Over'
From: Joe Offer
Date: 20 Jul 16 - 01:02 AM

Hi, Bill - I combined the two threads. Hope I did it right. I've always thought John Lennon's "Starting Over" (1980) was intended to be a mishmash of riffs from rock'n'roll songs of the 1950s.

Here's a YouTube video of "(Just Like) Starting Over":


Here's Jesse Belvin's "Guess Who" (1959):

I think that any resemblance is purely intentional. I don't know that Lennon intended to copy Belvin hiimself. I think his intention was to use common 1950s riffs. The riffs in "Starting Over" sound like the riffs in dozens of 1950s rock'n'roll songs.

-Joe Offer, Mudcat Music Editor-


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