"Give a Little Bit" is the opening song on Supertramp's 1977 album Even in the Quietest Moments.... The song was released as a single that same year and became an international hit for the band, peaking at number 15 on the Billboard Pop Singles chart. The single was re-released in 1992 to raise funds for the ITV Telethon Charity event, but failed to chart.
Its writing credits are given to Rick Davies and Roger Hodgson, members of the band, although it is a Hodgson composition. Like John Lennon and Paul McCartney of The Beatles, Hodgson and Davies shared writing credits from 1974 until 1983, when Hodgson left Supertramp to pursue a solo career. Roger Hodgson's trademark staccato electric piano playing is absent here, and the song is characterized by the ringing tones of 12-string acoustic guitars, which is joined by Hohner Clavinet through a Leslie speaker in the bridge of the song.
"Give a Little Bit" can be found on most Supertramp compilation albums.
"Give a Little Bit" was recorded to be released on the live album Paris, but due to time constraints the song was dropped. After Hodgson had left Supertramp, it was included in almost all his live performances. The song has also been performed by Hodgson during his tour with Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band in 2001, a recording appears on the album Ringo Starr and Friends. On Sunday 1 July 2007, Roger Hodgson sang this song as his finale for his short set at the Concert for Diana, held in Wembley Stadium in London.
"Give a Little Bit" Video