Julie Devereaux

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GLASTONBURY, ENGLAND - JUNE 24: Johnny Depp sits at the side of the Pyramid Stage watching 'Run The Jewels' perform on day 3 of the Glastonbury Festival 2017 at Worthy Farm, Pilton on June 24, 2017 in Glastonbury, England. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)

Well this is embarrassing.

Johnny Depp‘s first album with guitarist extraordinaire Jeff Beck has already stirred controversy.

The album is called 18. Don’t roll your eyes just yet. This is Jeff Beck we’re talking about and the multi-talented artist Johnny Depp. Jeff Beck says Johnny Depp can sing rock and roll. I listened to the album and Jeff is right. Johnny can def sing. And we all know Jeff can play guitar.

But that’s not the issue. This is: One of the songs, all penned by Depp by the way, is apparently a nearly word for word poem that was written in the mid ’70’s by a man who could be a character Johnny Depp would breathe life into in one of his movies.

So  now, Johnny Depp and Jeff Beck are accused of plagiarism.

It got me thinking of other well known artists accused of stealing, borrowing or otherwise plundering someone else’s music.

Here’s a partial list:

 

 

 

  • File this under: Duh. Vanilla Ice pilfers Queen and David Bowie.

  • Led Zeppelin who lifted riffs and phrases from everyone including Jake Holmes' "Dazed And Confused".

  • Bon Jovi "borrowing" big time from Bonnie Tyler, and not just her 80's high hair.

  • Sam Smith. Shame on you, hijacking Tom Petty's "I Won't Back Down". They agreed on a settlement.

  • What about Ray Parker jr's version of Huey Lewis' "I Want A New Drug". Ray called It "Ghostbusters".

  • Radiohead's Creep comes creepily close to The Hollies The Air That I Breathe.

  • This is one of my favorites: John Fogerty plagiarizes himself. Take a listen.