1982 Hall & Oates – Did It In A Minute
Sometimes, a hit record can find inspiration in some of the music that has come before it.
While a lot of records by Hall & Oates were clearly inspired by Motown recordings, one of their hits started out with a song by the Beach Boys, Do It Again. Brian Wilson and Mike Love wrote the song and Mike sang lead vocals. Their single only reached #20 on the Hot 100, but topped the charts in two more countries and reached the top ten in a handful of others.
In 1977, Eric Carmen created the song She Did It. He has admitted that the “did-its” in the tune from the Beach Boys inspired his record. Bruce Johnston of the Beach Boys even sang backup vocals on the recording! Other musicians on the record included Burton Cummings of the Guess Who on guitar, Andrew Gold (Lonely Boy) playing the guitar solo, and Jeff Porcaro of Toto on drums and backup vocals. The single peaked at #23 on the Hot 100.
When Hall & Oates wrote and recorded their single She Did It in 1981, they were inspired to write Did It In A Minute by Eric’s single. In 1982, Eric toured with Hall & Oates, and Did It In A Minute reached #9 on the Hot 100 and #29 on the Adult Contemporary chart.
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