Featuring Dr. Mario, Supertramp and others.
Greetings fellow game music lovers,
the weather has cooled down and I don't feel the urge to see a doctor anymore. Except maybe for one doctor: Dr. Mario (NES, 1990). Hearing the title theme of this game, I cannot shake off the feeling that I have heard this music multiple times throughout my life under different circumstances:
Some people say, that the song is basically a remix of the Hoagy Carmichael song "Heart and Soul" (1938):
Why I definitively can feel the resemblance, I wonder if it is possible to improve on this one. Thus, I would like to throw two more challengers into the ring:
The first one is the song "It's raining again" from the progressive rock band "Supertramp" from 1982:
The second one is the main theme of the popular Disney cartoon series "Gummi Bears" (1985) ( Note: I intentionally used a piano version to make the comparison easier):
I'm approaching my 50th blog entry. I wonder, what I'm gonna do with it? Find out on Wednesday!
Update 14.09.2019: Another sample from the australian hard rock band Cold Chisel - Forever Now (1982):
Some more candidates: The first one is rooted in twist music:
The Royal Teens - Big Name Button (1958):
Early 20th century pop:
There’s Something In The Air - Shep Fields (1937):
Earliest comparable sample so far: Don Bestor - Beautiful Girl (1933):