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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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Kerrie    

Who cares? Chris Daughtry did the same things on the show with Live;s version of Walk The Line. He only gave props to it on the results show because so many people called him on it.....

2315 days ago
47.

LWood    

Oh, goody! More Idol crap!

2315 days ago
48.

mittelfrueh    

if you're best known for covering a Beatles song and not one of your own that doens't say much!

2315 days ago
49.

spankfreak    

bad porn is better than this AI dreck

2315 days ago
50.

James Toney    

Screw these guys....its a cover tune. If you want to give real props give them to the Kings of the cover tunes............

Me First and the Gimme Gimmes www.gimmegimmes.com

They have been pumping out classic covers and show tunes for more than ten years

2315 days ago
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SantaMonica12    

Cook also ripped off Me First and the Gimme Gimmes version of "Hello," the week before.

2315 days ago
52.

Pugdad    

And cute little David A. did the same thing with "Imagine" a couple weeks ago. Sounded an awful lot like Eva Cassidy's version. But who cares!?! They're still good singers!

2315 days ago
53.

Gunner    

DOXOLOGY should be happy about the publicity and this TMZ article. This is the most publicity they're ever going to get.

Maybe they'll get lucky and use this to book better shows than the high school show they're looking forward to on their MySpace page.

Their original songs are crap, bad Maroon 5 ripoff band.

Their manager is smart for getting this publicity. Too bad they can't sue for an arrangement of somebody else's song eh?

2315 days ago
54.

Go Away Paris......You are a SKANK    

He is much better than that gay guy that forgot the words.
He should win and they should vote gay boy off tonight.

2315 days ago
55.

nunya    

Godhead recorded a rocked out version of Eleanor Rigby a while back. It's not new. People need to get over it.

2315 days ago
56.

RobN    

Shocking. Cover versions of the same song actually sound kind of alike. Maybe cause they're the same song. Perhaps somebody should explain to these guys that it's not their song; they don't get to be pissed off over battling cover versions. If the best thing you've got going is a cover then you're pretty sad to begin with.

2315 days ago
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Lori    

SantaMonica, what are you smoking? It doesn't even sound close to Me First and Gimme Gimmes, which is a punk version. You have to be completely musically impaired and deaf to think they are even similar.

Furthermore, I dont think the version last night sounded anything like Doxology either. The stupid link here didn't work, but it's available on their web site and is a bit mediocre compared to Cook.

2315 days ago
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Lydia Layne    

It's a Beatles song, not a Doxology song. Geez. I'd give them props my ass.

2315 days ago
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Lydia Layne    

Furthermore, I dont think the version last night sounded anything like Doxology either. The stupid link here didn't work, but it's available on their web site and is a bit mediocre compared to Cook.

Posted at 2:51PM on Mar 12th 2008 by Fanito Bandito

DITTO on all counts.

2315 days ago
60.

mary    

The song he sang last week - "Hello" by Lionel Richie - was a great performance by him as well, but no one seems to know that he ripped that arrangement off of a live performance by Incubus. You can hear it on their live CD that came out a couple years back (it was a quick interlude and may not be listed on the track list, but it's on there). Great that he's doing so well, but he's being given a lot of credit for coming up with these arrangements when he's in fact ripping them off from others.

2315 days ago
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