Leonard does not own the rights to Suzanne?

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alb123
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Leonard does not own the rights to Suzanne?

Postby alb123 » Fri Dec 03, 2010 12:36 am

I am watching the DVD "Bird on a Wire" by Tony Palmer. Leonard speaks before performing Suzanne and says that "the rights were stolen from me..." He goes on to say that a friend asked him to sign some documents, implying it was just the "standard writers' contract". Does anyone know who this friend is? I am shocked to learn Leonard does not own the rights to the song. I can't imagine how much money he lost in royalties from this one song... :cry:

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kalinowt
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Re: Leonard does not own the rights to Suzanne?

Postby kalinowt » Fri Dec 03, 2010 1:11 am

Hi ALB,

That's old news. Leonard was cheated out of them originally, but he reaquired the rights, finally, about 1990 or so.

alb123 wrote:I am watching the DVD "Bird on a Wire" by Tony Palmer. Leonard speaks before performing Suzanne and says that "the rights were stolen from me..." He goes on to say that a friend asked him to sign some documents, implying it was just the "standard writers' contract". Does anyone know who this friend is? I am shocked to learn Leonard does not own the rights to the song. I can't imagine how much money he lost in royalties from this one song... :cry:

ALB
alb123
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Re: Leonard does not own the rights to Suzanne?

Postby alb123 » Fri Dec 03, 2010 1:56 am

Thank you, kalinowt, for enlightening me regarding Leonard's reacquisition of the rights to "Suzanne". I apologize for not knowing this information previously. Would anyone, by chance, know the name of the person who owned the rights to the song before this reacquisition?
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