Eric Carmen’s “All By Myself” is a rip off of Rachmaninoff’s “Piano Concerto No. 2 in C Minor”
When 70s crooner Eric Carmen recorded “All By Myself,” he wasn’t just writing one of the best power ballads of all time, he was ripping off the work of Rachmanioff. Unlike most of the artists on this list, Carmen wasn’t sampling something that was in the public domain and he wasn’t remixing it either. He pretty much bit Rachmanioff’s melody for the song’s verses. When the Rachmanioff estate found out that Carmen had not just ripped off one Rachmanioff melody, but two (“Never Going To Fall in Love Again” is from Symphony No. 2), they threatened legal action. Now, whenever you hear someone belting “All By Myself” on a reality competition or on a movie soundtrack, keep in mind that Rachmanioff’s estate is getting 12% off all profits.
“All By Myself”:
“Piano Concerto No. 2 in C Minor” (start around the 11 minute mark):
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