It’s the six seconds that inspired more than 1,500 songs. Peter points us to this article from the BBC.
“Amen, Brother” was a little-known B-side released in 1969. Barely noticed at the time, its drum solo has been hugely influential, appearing in different forms in more than 1,500 other songs – but the band behind it never made any money from it.
“It felt like plagiarism and I felt ripped off and raped,” says Richard L Spencer, lead singer of The Winstons – the band that recorded the original track.
“I come from an era where you didn’t steal people’s ideas.”
Over the past three decades bands on both sides of the Atlantic have used the drum solo from Amen, Brother for inspiration.
Over the years, it has become one of the most sampled drum beats of all time.
So why did these six seconds from 1969 become so popular?
The story is bloody fascinating. Read all about it here.