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    Lord Have Mercy - The Jordan Singers / Rock Steady - Aretha Franklin

    Just hearing this song for the first time and can't help but notice a striking resemblance to Rock Steady.


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    It's obviously a rip to me. Aretha's came out in 72 and The Jordan Singers in 73. The
    weird thing to me is that I can't find any mention of it anywhere especially considering
    the fact that Rock became such a iconic hit everybody and their Mama would have heard
    it. It's not near as escape-able as the New Birth-Paul Revere thing I mentioned in the Motown section....Weird...not a peep....Could it be possible Aretha found out about it and
    purposely let it go because they were a gospel group?...

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    Quote Originally Posted by splanky View Post
    It's obviously a rip to me. Aretha's came out in 72 and The Jordan Singers in 73. The
    weird thing to me is that I can't find any mention of it anywhere especially considering
    the fact that Rock became such a iconic hit everybody and their Mama would have heard
    it. It's not near as escape-able as the New Birth-Paul Revere thing I mentioned in the Motown section....Weird...not a peep....Could it be possible Aretha found out about it and
    purposely let it go because they were a gospel group?...

    Yes...the similarity is very obvious.

    Like you, I found very little information regarding this track, and it only seems to have been released on a compilation not long ago. I'm thinking that it was unreleased. There is no mention of it on discogs.

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    Just for the record, Aretha's Rock Steady was released in Oct. 1971. I never heard of this gospel version but totally a rip off as Aretha wrote it.

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