Big 95 Music News: J. Geils Band, Steve Winwood

J. GEILS BAND:  Peter Wolf talks about the Tom Petty song they turned down

Tom Petty almost gave away his first Top 10 hit!

Peter Wolf, whose current band opened for The Heartbeakers this summer, tells Rolling Stone The J. Geils Band was offered "Don't Do Me Like That" -- and turned it down.

Tom and Peter became friendly when Petty opened some 1977 shows for the Geils band. A couple of years later, Wolf received a cassette of "Don't Do Me Like That" -- along with a note from Tom saying, "This would be a cool song for you... [T]he [Geils] band can really do something with it."

But Wolf and his buddies had just finished recording an album, so they passed on the offer. Peter then jumped ahead to this past summer when the guys were chatting in Petty's dressing room: "I said, 'Tom, I gotta tell you, "Don't Do Me Like That"... And he goes, 'Oh, yeah! Whatever happened?' I explained the whole thing -- we were in the mix process or something. And he said, 'I gotta thank you for that. When you didn't end up doing it, everybody talked me into putting it [out].'"

Though this is the first time Peter Wolf has mentioned it, there was a similar story from Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers keyboardist Benmont Tench about a year ago.

"We actually cut it with Mudcrutch, but it never came out because the Mudcrutch album never came out. We had done two albums when we opened for the J. Geils Band and Tom didn't want to do 'Don't Do Me Like That,' which I always loved. I'd bring it up -- I even mentioned to Peter Wolf, 'Tom's got a song that'd be great for the J. Geils Band' -- knowing that the J. Geils Band wrote their own songs. 'You probably don't want this, Peter, but you should hear it.' I don't know if he ever heard it, but I mentioned it to [producer] Jimmy Iovine on Damn The Torpedoes, and we played it like once and Jimmy was like, 'Oh yeah.'"

STEVE WINWOOD:  Judge rules in his favor

This past Tuesday, a federal judge ruled in favor of Steve Winwood in a copyright suit brought against him last year for a song written and recorded over 50 years ago.

The song in question was The Spencer Davis Group's 1966 hit "Gimme Some Lovin'," which Steve co-wrote with his brother Muff and Davis.

Last year, singer-songwriter Willia Dean Parker filed suit in Tennessee federal court, claiming the bass riff in “Gimme Some Lovin'” was lifted from her song "Ain't That a Lot of Love,” which was released six months earlier.

In his ruling on Tuesday, Judge Jon Phipps McCalla said the Winwood song was written and recorded months before Parker released her song. He noted that Parker's legal team had no admissible evidence that would have shown that Winwood and Davis had heard "Ain't That a Lot of Love."

Winwood was 18 when he recorded "Gimme Some Lovin'."

MORE BIG 95 MUSIC NEWS HEADLINES:  October 20th

Elton John’s two sons, Zachary and Elijah, joined him on stage Wednesday night in Las Vegas. He posted a short clip on Instagram of them standing next to him as he performed “Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting.”

Howard Jones will play Daryl's House (the club owned by Daryl Hall) in Dutchess County, New York on February 25th and do "Songs and Stories" shows at City Winery in New York on March 2nd and 3rd.

Gene Simmons will tour Australia in February. Former KISS guitarist Ace Frehley is on tour there now.

Whitesnake will release The Purple Tour (Live) on CD, DVD, Blu-ray and vinyl on November 24th. The official tour book, The Purple Tour - A Photographic Journey, will be published in December.

Eddie Van Halen has opened a merch store at EddieVanHalenStore.com.

Kansas guitarist Richard Williams played the late Duane Allman’s 1957 Gold Top Les Paul at the band’s show in Macon, Georgia Wednesday night. The guitar is on display at The Big House, The Allman Brothers Bandmuseum in Macon. Gregg Allman’s son Devon played the guitar last weekend during the Laid Back Festival in Atlanta.

Gregg Allman will be honored tonight (Thursday) with the Gregg Allman Hepatitis C Leadership Award from the National Viral Hepatitis Roundtable. Allman announced in 2011 that he had the disease. His manager, Michael Lehman, will accept the award at the Washington, D.C. ceremony.

Billy Joel attended Bruce Springsteen's Broadway show Wednesday night in New York.

Sting will perform on New Year’s Eve at the Atlantis hotel on Paradise Island in the Bahamas.

The Rolling Stones played the first-ever concert at the new Paris-area U Arena Thursday night. They are there again on Sunday and Wednesday, the last dates on their No Filter European tour.

Penny Lancaster says she was sexually assaulted as a teenaged modeling hopeful. Now 46 and married to Rod Stewart, she told the British TV talk show Loose Women that she was given a spiked drink and forced onto a bed. The assailant had promised to take her to an event where she could make professional contacts. At the time, she was "too afraid to tell anyone."

JK Rowling is the highest-paid European celebrity of 2017, according to Forbes. The Harry Potter author earned $95 million -- which is more than any recording artist. While the band Coldplay (number-three), Elton John (tied for sixth) and Paul McCartney (seventh) all made the Top 10, only one female singer did -- Adele, at number-four.

Debby Boone's "You Light Up My Life" -- whose 10 weeks at number-one make it statistically the most successful single of the '70s -- is the title track of a CD compilation of her career. The 40th Anniversary Expanded Edition, which includes her other pop sides and recordings with her sisters, drops December 1st.

Toto ("Africa"), The Bangles ("Hazy Shade of Winter") and Corey Hart ("Sunglasses at Night") are among the '80s hit-makers featured on the Stranger Things soundtrack. Timed to coincide with launch of the Netflix series’ second season, it goes on sale October 27th.

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