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In September, the 1960s band The Turtles won a critical legal victory in their lawsuit against Sirius XM. The Turtles sued because Sirius XM has taken the position that it doesn't need permission - and therefore doesn't need to pay for use of - pre-1972 recordings protected under state law, even though it does pay for post-1972 recordings that are protected by federal law. This relates to an issue that SoundExchange has long been fighting - the failure of some large digital radio services to pay for the use of such vintage recordings. We think Sirius XM's position is wrong as a matter of law, and definitely wrong as a matter of justice!

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During the week of September 15, the House Judiciary Committee held two copyright hearings. The first hearing was part of the Committee's comprehensive copyright review and discussed a provision of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) that prohibits people from circumventing technical protection measures. This makes it illegal for pirates to even decrypt digital copyrighted works, often the first step before making an illegal copy. The second was an oversight hearing on the Copyright Office, where Maria Pallante, Register of Copyrights, testified. Pallante focused on bringing the Copyright Office into the 21st Century, with Committee Members agreeing that there is a need to update and modernize the Copyright Office.  

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This Week In Vocal Group History

October 1, 1958 Little Anthony & The Imperials recorded Neil Sedaka’s “The Diary” along with their street corner classic, “Traveling Stranger”.

Top Single: “Reach Out” The Four Tops #7 1966

Birthday: Barbara Parritt (The Toys) 1944 Herbert “Tubo” Rhoad (The Persuasions) 1944 Howard Hewett (Shalamar) 1959

October 2, 1954 The Spaniels “Let’s Make Up” was released. 1961 – Phil Spector launched his successful label Philles (with partner Lester Still) with the release of The Crystals first single, “There’s No Other”.

Top Single: “Who Put The Bomp” Barry Mann & The Edsels #11 1961 “Play That Funky Music” #1 1976

Birthday: David Sommerville (The Diamonds) 1933 Claude McKnight (Take 6)

October 3, 1955 Elvis Presley made his first public performance at 10 in a dairy show talent contest. He sang “Old Shep” and won $5, finishing 2nd.

1981 – The Tokens reunited for one Concert at New York’s Radio City Music Hall after more than a decade apart.

Top Single: “Oh Pretty Woman” Roy Orbison #1 1964 “Candida” Dawn #3 1970


October 4, 1958 George Goldner (End Records President) signed The Flamingos.

1962 – Bob Dylan showcased at New York’s Carnegie Hall Annex. Fifty three people showed up.

Top Single: “Hurt So Bad” The Lettermen #18 1969 “Another One Bites The Dust” Queen #1 1980

Birthday: Arlene Smith (The Chantels) 1941 Patti LaBelle (The Bluebelles) 1944


October 5, 1968 Cream – The 3 ½ year old “Supergroup” led by Eric Clapton began its farewell tour. All three of their LP’s were million sellers.

Top Single: “Mack The Knife” Bobby Darin #1 1959

October 6, 1958 The Elegants follow-up to their #1 “Little Star”, “Please Believe Me” was issued. They recorded 12 more 45’s but never charted again.

1978 – After living together for 9 years, ABBA members Anni-Frid Lyngstad and Benny Anderson finally married.

Top Single: “Glory of Love” The Five Keys #1 R&B 1951 “Sherry” The 4 Seasons” #1


October 7, 1957 The Crests first single “My Juanita” was released. The record reached #86 Pop and the group members each earned $17.50.

1967 – The Mama’s & The Papa’s British tour and TV appearances were canceled when Mama Cass Elliot was jailed for a night, accused of stealing items from a hotel.

Top Single: “The Letter” The Box Tops #1 1967 “Everybody Plays The Fool” The Main Ingredient #4 1972

Birthday: Tony Sylvester (The Main Ingredient” 1941


October 8, 1977 The Emotions “Don’t Ask My Neighbors” (#44 Pop, #7 R&B) charted as the follow up to their mega-hit “Best Of My Love” (#1 Pop & R&B). It was their 17th of 30 R&B hits between 1969 and 1984. Top Single: “Last Train To Clarksville” The Monkees #6 1966

Birthday: Fred Cash (The Impressions)

October 9, 1954 Shirley Gunter and The Queens, a Los Angeles female quartet, hit the R&B singles survey with “Oop Shoop” (#*). By the time “Oop Shoop” was released Shirley (sister of Coasters member Cornel Gunter” was legally blind. 1958 – Eddie Cochran recorded “C’mon Everybody”.

Top Single: “Bristol Stomp” The Dovells #5 1961 “Hit The Road Jack” Ray Charles #1 1961


October 10, 1958 The Dells opened a weeks engagement headlining at New York’s Apollo Theater.

1978 – Aerosmith members Joe Perry and Steven Tyler were injured when an over zealous fan launched a “Cherry Bomb” on to the stage in Philadelphia.

Top Single: “Dancing In The Streets” Martha & The Vandellas #3 1964 “Mr. Custer” Larry Verne #1 1960

Birthday: Cyril Neville (The Neville Brothers) 1948

October 11, 1969 The Cowsills last of seven Top 100 entries, Silver Threads (MGM #74) charted.

1962 - “Love Me Do” become the first Beatles 45 to chart when it debuted at #49 on the British hit list.

Top Single: “Dance With Me” The Orleans #7 1975 “When I Think Of You” Janet Jackson #1 1986

October 12, 1956 Johnnie Ray’s “Just Walkin’ In The Rain” entered the U.K. charts. The million selling American hit was co-written by Johnny Bragg & Robert Riley, two inmates at the Tennessee State Prison.

Top Single: “Sugar Shack” Jimmy Gilmer & The Fireballs #1 1963

October 13, 1956 The Heartbeats classic, “A Thousand Miles Away” (#53 Pop, #5 R&B) was released. The groups lead singer, James Sheppard, wrote the standard while lounging in his bath tub.

1963 – The term “Beatlemania” coined after a near riot at a TV show, Sunday Night at The London Palladium, where the “Mop Tops” appeared.

Top Single: “Tears On My Pillow” Little Anthony & The Imperials #4 1958 “It’s All In The Game” Tommy Edwards #1 1958 Birthday: Marie Osmond (The Osmonds)

October 14, 1957 The Rays timeless tune “Silhouettes” charted en route to #3. 1955 – 19 year old Buddy Holly and his friend Bob Montgomery were opening act (as Buddy & Bob) in their hometown of Lubbock, TX for visiting rock start Bill Haley & The Comets. The next day they opened for Elvis Presley.

Top Single: “Happy, Happy Birthday Baby” The Tune Weavers #4 R&B 1957 “Kiss You All Over” Exile #1 1978


October 15, 1960 Danny & The Juniors, hit artists of the era-defining “At The Hop” left ABC Records and signed with Swan Records of Philadelphia.

Top Single: “I’ve Got You Under My Skin” The 4 Seasons #9 1966

Birthday: Marv Johnson (The Seranaders) 1938 Tito Jackson (The Jacksons) 1953


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