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Bob Marley’s Buffalo Soldiers and the Banana Splits

OK, I can’t let this go. I seen it written about a few times now and now I watched it for myself. Although I’m scarred now from watching the “Banana Splits” for the first time since my childhood (not that I was old enough, but I remember reruns), it sure does make me wonder. The chorus of Buffalo Soldiers sounds very much like the Tra La La part of the Banana Splits Theme Song.

What do you think? It’s like Vanilla Ice and Queen all over again. Except Vanilla Ice sucks, and Bob Marley rocks. The Banana Splits aired from 1968 until 1970. It was one of the first drug induced Sid and Marty Krofft Saturday morning kid shows. “Buffalo Soldiers” was written by Bob Marley in 1980 and released posthumously in 1983 on the album “Confrontation.” Although Banana Splits was an American show, Marley probably would have seen reruns when he was in America.

I know that being a musician myself, sometimes when you write music, you come up with and awesome line. A melody that you just can’t believe you came up with. It sounds so great. Then, it starts to sound familiar. I’ve done that before and ended up stealing a line from Journey of all bands. It’s tough.

There is nothing new under the sun, and music doubly so. Even John William of Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Jurassic Park and Jaws fame has taken themes from classical music. With only eight notes in a scale, it’s hard to come up with something completely new.

So what do you think, did Bob Marley steal from the Banana Splits, or is just a coincidence?

Posted on July 20, 2007 - Filed Under Music


3 Responses to “Bob Marley’s Buffalo Soldiers and the Banana Splits”

  1. Deborah on July 1st, 2008 4:02 am

    MY GOD GIVE ME A BREAK!!!!!!!!!! Real tough, you people, why dont you pick a fight with a person thats really breathing? Let him and his family be, they have enough with the British, wanted to dig him up and take him to britain. REST IN PEACE BOB, WITH JAH……. Your forever LOVED!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. The Beach Bum on July 6th, 2008 9:30 am

    I’m not picking a fight with anybody. I like Bob Marley, I just thought it was funny that Buffalo Soldiers and the theme song to the Banana Splits are almost exactly the same.

    As a musician, I know that this happens, and it’s rarely intentional.

  3. freddy letrange on July 9th, 2008 5:44 pm

    They both lifted it from “Shortnin’ Bread.”

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