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Did David Cook Rip-Off "Eleanor Rigby"?

3/12/2008 3:22 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

David Cook was on fire with his rendition of the Beatles classic "Eleanor Rigby" on "Idol" last night -- but a Seattle band claims he swiped the arrangement from them.


The band DOXOLOGY recorded their version of the track a year and a half ago, putting it up on iTunes and on the band's MySpace page. The band's manager tells TMZ the song is what they're best known for and have played it at nearly 200 shows.

Click to hear!The manager says the band has no intention of suing, but they're trying to get in touch with the show -- they want some props.

"Idol" tells TMZ the contestants pick their song and present their ideas for the arrangement to the show's musical department and work with them on it.

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Caitlin    

Doxology Who?

2337 days ago
32.

Gavin    

does it really matter? point is her rocked it waaayyy better then them... and at the end of the shortened version, when he says, i look at all the lonley people. the second one where he hits the notes. those guys suck balls. nothing can come close to what he did. he is the next idol. all there is to say! plus. his home town is like 10 min. from me. ha. that band sucks balls!

2330 days ago
33.

jen    

Sorry to say that GodHead did a similar version before Doxology and you don't hear them complain!

2328 days ago
34.

Lauren4824    

Does it matter? David sounds a whole lot better! He did credit someone for the version a couple weeks ago.

2328 days ago
35.

Cathy    

David has been up front from the start!!! The only one that he has admitted to be HIS OWN original version of
the song was Dolly's "Little Sparrow". He has mentioned that he has gone on the internet and picked a version of
each of his songs and tweeked a bit to his liking. So...if it is on the internet, it is open game!!!

2326 days ago
36.

whammy    

Its/s time for Cook to come clean with his copy cat version of Eleanor Rigby. The judges gave him great praise for his own version of this song. The public votes for originality and what the judges say. And what he did was deceaving to the judges and the public, let alone not giving the group Doxology the credit.

2323 days ago
37.

chudpucker    

Since it became known today, that David Cook is gay, no one will care about this little Doxology claim, mark my words. Cooks boyfriend coming forward will be the latest in the news and everything else forgotten.

2311 days ago
38.

chudpucker    

Since it became known today, that David Cook is gay, no one will care about this little Doxology claim, mark my words. Cooks boyfriend coming forward will be the latest in the news and everything else forgotten.

2311 days ago
39.

chudpucker    

Since it became known today, that David Cook is gay, no one will care about this little Doxology claim, mark my words. Cooks boyfriend coming forward will be the latest in the news and everything else forgotten

2310 days ago
40.

#1defleppardfam    

He rocked the house!!

2364 days ago
41.

CJ    

Who cares? They ripped it from The Beatles.

2364 days ago
42.

Phil    

Wait a minute, both of those songs sound an awful lot like a Beatles tune. I can't think of the name of it, but I think they both ripped it off from them.

2364 days ago
43.

GODhed    

Ok...Eleanor Rigby was covered by a goth band called GodHead about 6-7 years ago and in spots, was exactly like his version last night. So are we supposed to have him say he was EQUALLY inspired by DOXOLOGY and GodHead as well as the already-there props being heaped on McCartney/Lennon? Gimme a break. If Lithgow has a spine, he'll tell these chumps to walk.

2364 days ago
44.

Chase    

Its not even their song to begin with! How can they be angry?

2364 days ago
45.

Kat    

Exactly Phil.

2364 days ago
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