Not even an A-side UK. The riff came from Them guitarist Billy Harrison and Van Morrison wrote the lyrics. Once there was a real Gloria in his life: his dear niece Gloria Gordon, who died of cancer while he performed with his former band The Monarchs in Germany.
Patrick Samson & Les Phéniciens [French version]
Wheels [from Belfast]
Spektors [with Bon Scott on drums]
Pleazers [from New Zealand]
Fingers [from Japan]
Mods [from Denmark]
Belles [as MELVIN]
Ray Sharpe with the Curtis Orch. [as Help Me (Get The Feeling), with Jimi Hendrix]
Rockin' Devils [from Mexico]
Aretha Franklin [as Save Me]
King Curtis [as Instant Groove, using Ray Sharpe's basic track, the one with Jimi Hendrix]
Nina Simone [as Save Me]
Sylvie Vartan [English version]
Peter Zaremba's Love Delegation [as Save Me]
Janse Bagge Bend [as Proemevlaai]
Headcoatees [as MELVIN]
One Two Trio [as G.L.O.R.I.A. in combination with Gloria In Eccelsis Deo; hit NL]
Kaz Lux [on Hubert's Hootenanny in medley with Brainbox' hit Down Man, written along Gloria's rhythm line]
More versions: Elvis Costello, Definition Of Sound, Grateful Dead, Shane MacGowan, 101ers, Iggy Pop, R.E.M., Santa Esmeralda, Bruce Springsteen, Al Bano, Jonathan King and U2.
Texas Blues guitarist Ray Sharpe, the king of the push sound, used GLORIA's groove in his Help Me. Van Morrison's Help Me from his live album It's Too Late To Stop Now is based on Sonny Boy Williamson's. Aretha Franklin's Save Me is another variation on GLORIA/Help Me. This was written by Curtis Ousley (King Curtis) who cut it as Instant Groove.