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Stolen music


The Battle Hymn of the Republic was stolen from an old slave song.

I noticed this two nights ago when I was looking through an old library book that had folk songs for guitar.

It's called "John Brown's Body"

Here's an article about it if you're interested:

The lyrics are different than the one in the book I found but still...

Anybody know of others?
I'm not sure that too too many people really care about it...but that song from The Hunt for Red October was amazing...i've actually got copies of it here that I listen to almost daily.

Regardless of it being 'stolen' or copied or whatever word you want to use, I'm fairly certain they didn't have copyright laws back when the song was FIRST created.


It's just interesting knowing where songs actually came from.

Like the riff from Nirvana's "Come as You Are" is identical to "Eightees" by Killing Joke...and nobody said anything. It was so blatant.


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LLORANDO SE FUE - 04/04/2003
(Gonzalo Hermoza/Ulysses Hermoza)

o: Kjarkas (1982) - Lauro
> B-side of Wa Ya Yay, a Bolivian 45 (running at 33) covered by Goya & Carmina (see there).

c: Kaoma (1989) n°1 in Europe as Lambada, Kid Creole & The Coconuts (1990) , Garçons Bouchers (1990) ,

> The biggest hit of '89, the best selling single in Europe in the eighties, the biggest dance-craze since the Twist was stolen. Lambada may be a Brasilian dance rhythm, the melody and lyrics of this smash hit are Bolivian, Spanish instead of Portuguese. Llorando Se Fué means Crying She Left, composed by Gonzalo & Ulysses Hermoza, two brothers of the band Los Kjarkas, a Bolivian institution. They both ran a school in Cotiabamba, high in the Andes, teaching traditional Andes music, updating a folk archive, making their own traditional musical instruments and keeping tradition intact. These respectabele brothers got robbed by two producers: Olivier Lorsac (a Frenchman) and Jean Karakos (from Greece) 'bought' the rights on a bunch of traditional Andes melodies in Brazil, hired studio band Kaoma in the Nordeste province, threw their Llorando barely naked across the dance floor, while collecting royalties under the ficticious name Chico de Oliveira. It took a while before the Hermozas high in their Andes remoteness realised what was going on. By the time they finally knew who to sue, the craze was over. In the end they did win the case, be it just for the honour (very important in Bolivia). A symbolic damage was attributed and a rectification on any future Kaoma releases. The Llorando Se Fue/Lambada case gave any 'forgotten' author the chance to sue any oportunist fooling around with it. In an interview with The Originals, Gonzalo Hermoza claimed he didn't do it for the pesos. In his eyes Llorando Se Fué wasn't that important. You won't even find the song on the initial Best Of Los Kjarkas compilation and when they first released it in 1982, it was as a B-side, not even mentioned on the front cover.