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Rod Temperton was born in Cleethorpes, a seaside town on the east coast of the UK.

He also wrote the song Thriller for Michael Jackson.

Bearing these two facts in mind, it struck me there was a similarity between…

  • …the two distinctive chords in Thriller, which appear in the intro and also in the chorus:

two bar quote from Thriller

  • …the tune and harmonization of the two words "do like" from the chorus of the song "I do like to be beside the seaside", composed in 1907 by John Glover-Kind:

quote from "I do like to be beside the seaside"

I known these quotes are in different keys, and neither of these is the definitive harmonization, but I think both tunes could be harmonized as a I chord with the tune descending from the 6th to the 5th degree of the scale. Coincidence?

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    Coincidence? Yes. – Your Uncle Bob Aug 11 at 20:22
  • No plagiarisation here. Sorry! – Tim Aug 12 at 7:03
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    I'm sure I spotted a similar coincidence right at the end of Seven Seas of Rhye… though I could have been mistaken ;) – Tetsujin Aug 12 at 7:06
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All the two examples have in common is a melody moving from the 6th to 5th degree. In 'Thriller' they are harmonised with two different chords, vi and I. In 'Seaside' they are both harmonised by I.

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