Progress Is Derivative.
I always say it. Especially when it comes to music. It’s always a new take on an old sound with some small changes to the progression.
I knew when I heard “Catch A Rainbow” from Rainbow that I had heard the song before. And I was thinking of Skid Row when I heard it, because their take on a Jimi Hendrix song was fresh in my mind at the time.
The origins of “Little Wing” go back even further to a 1966 recording of “(My Girl) She’s a Fox”, an R&B song which features Hendrix playing a Curtis Mayfield-influenced guitar accompaniment.
It’s all derivative and cyclical. Hendrix toured with Mayfield and learnt from him and then used some of the techniques that Mayfield used, like the rhythmic fills on the chords to orchestrate songs like “Little Wing” and “The Wind Cries Mary”.
To call Blackmore a copyist is wrong.
To call Dio a copyist is wrong.
To call Hendrix a copyist is also wrong.
And to see em all as super original and free from influences is also wrong.
To see Mayfield as super original is also wrong.
Everyone learns from someone or from some song. It’s why we start off playing covers. We are all influenced.
However people would like you to believe that they are original and free from influences when they bring up suits to the courts.
Did Tom Petty deserve a lyrical credit to a Sam Smith song?
Did Iron Maiden need to settle with a person who didn’t create anything and just managed an artist?