Well well well....What a difference a week makes eh? From the depths of dispair and an 0-2 record...To a 38-0 thumping of Mighty Notre Dame, one of your top 3 rivals throughout history!
(Behind The Buckeyes and Spartans of course)...Life is starting to smell sweet again!
Speaking of sweet, as most of you know, me and my best-friend Alex do a lot of coffee drinking and road cruising, and herbal testing. Last evening while cruising, drinking, and testing, I heard a great old tune from the 60's on the oldies station.."He's So Fine" by the Chiffons..That leads me to my topic for this Musical Monday...Copy-Cats.
George Harrison's "My Sweet Lord" casually borrowed the melody from that 1963 hit by The Chiffons, written by Ronald Mack. The strangest aspect of that case was that Mack was dead at the time his estate pressed charges and won. But what was stranger yet? Although George had to pay, he was absolved of plagiarism...according to the judge, it was "unconscious plagiarism"
And speaking of The Beatles, their version of "Kansas City" was written by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller when it came out in 1964. But it turned out that The Beatles had recorded a medley of "Kansas City" and "Hey Hey Hey", A Little Richard composition that originally appeared on the B-Side of his 1956 hit..."Good Golly Miss Molly". It took Little Richard about 20 years to catch on to this, but when he did, it paid him about $500,000.
Who Ya Gonna Call?
The "Ghostbusters" theme song, by Ray Parker Jr., sounded an awful lot like "I Want a New Drug" by Huey Lewis and the News..And sure enough, it turns out that the films producers wanted Lewis to pen the theme song. But when he refused, they hired Parker to write something similar the Huey's hit. I guess it was similar...The case was settled out of court!!
The Beach Boy's big hit of 1963 sounded vaguely familiar to Chuck Berry, and should have....
He wrote the melody!! Brian Wilson had simply stolen it from Berry's 1958 hit "Sweet Little Sixteen". Berry's publisher sued on his behalf, and won. Berry now owns 100% of the rights to his own tune, and to "Surfin USA"..
I hope that everyone has a glorious week, and if you don't....
Who Ya Gonna Call????