“Bitter Sweet Symphony” – The Verve (1997)

Posted: January 19, 2017 in 1997
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A top 1997 hit for English band The Verve which resulted in lawsuits for singer Richard Ashcroft and the band. Before recording, The Verve had asked for and received permission to sample The Andrew Oldham Orchestra’s instrumental version of the Rolling Stones 1965 hit “The Last Time”. A 50/50 split on royalties was originally agreed upon. As the song moved up the charts, former Rolling Stones business manager Allen Klein, whose company owned the publishing rights to the Stones early songs, argued the band used more of the song than agreed upon. The Verve had the option to relinquish 100% of the royalties, which they did, or take the song out of all the stores. Songwriting credit was also changed to Jagger/Richards/Ashcroft (Ashcroft wrote the lyrics).

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