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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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Tim Hauser,
Co-Founder of the Manhattan Transfer, Dead at 72

Was only original member still with the famed vocal group

By Jeff Tamarkin 10/16/14

Tim Hauser of
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Tim Hauser, who co-founded the vocal quartet the Manhattan Transfer in 1969 and was its sole remaining original member, died Oct. 16. Details regarding the cause and place of death are not yet available, but Hauser’s passing was confirmed by the other members of the Manhattan Transfer—Alan Paul, Janis Siegel and Cheryl Bentyne—on the group’s Facebook page. That lineup had been undisturbed since 1978 when Bentyne replaced Laurel Massé, injured in a car accident. (Bentyne has been sidelined on occasion during the past few years as she’s undergone treatments for Hodgkin’s lymphoma.)

Schooled in classic jazz vocal harmony, swing and vocalese—they were often compared to Lambert, Hendricks and Ross in their early years—the group, named after a 1925 novel by John Dos Passos, was also immersed in ’50s doo-wop, bebop, pop, Latin and world music and other genres. The original lineup—Hauser, Erin Dickins, Marty Nelson, Gene Pistilli and Pat Rosali—released its debut album, Jukin’, on Capitol Records in 1971. That lineup, which leaned as much toward the rocking good-time jug band music of the Lovin’ Spoonful as to jazz, disbanded the following year and Hauser grouped with Massé, Paul and Siegel.

That lineup signed with Atlantic Records and released the self-titled Manhattan Transfer album in 1975. Reaching back to 1940s swing but also to the girl group sound of the ’60s and to New Orleans R&B, the album included guest contributions from saxophonists David Sanborn and Zoot Sims, trumpeters Randy Brecker and Jon Faddis and other jazz luminaries of the day.

The group continued to record for Atlantic until the late 1980s, and although none of their albums rose higher than number 22 on the Billboard album chart (1981’s Mecca for Moderns), they did enjoy one Top 10 single in their cover of the Ad-Libs’ “Boy From New York City,” from the same album. That year the group won Grammys in both the jazz and pop music categories. They won a Grammy in the Best Jazz Vocal Performance, Duo or Group category the following year for their remake of the classic “Route 66.” Ultimately the Manhattan Transfer took home 10 Grammy awards in all.

The Manhattan Transfer was also a consistently popular concert draw and found a foothold on entertainment television.

After leaving Atlantic, the group signed with Columbia Records in 1991 and, in 2003, with Telarc. In 2009 they released The Chick Corea Songbook, a tribute to the keyboardist, on the Four Quarters label. The Manhattan Transfer was inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 1998 and was named best vocal group in theJazzTimes readers poll on several occasions.

Born in Troy, N.Y., Dec. 12, 1941, Hauser grew up in towns on the New Jersey shore, and began his singing career in Asbury Park at age 15 with a doo-wop group called the Criterions that once performed for the legendary disc jockey Alan Freed. In college Hauser sang with other vocal outfits, including one folk aggregation that included future hitmaker Jim Croce. Hauser served in the Air Force beginning in 1964 and took jobs in advertising upon his discharge, before starting the Manhattan Transfer in 1969.

Hauser released one solo album, Love Stories, in 2007. 

Hauser underwent spinal surgery in 2013 and was absent from the group’s performances for some time.

This Week In Vocal Group History

October 17, 1960 Dion & The Belmonts split up. Dion stayed with Laurie Records while The Belmonts formed their own Sabina Records.

Top Single: “Save The Last Dance For Me” The Drifters #1 1960

October 18, 1969 Richard Nader’s legendary first Rock & Roll Revival Concert in New York included The Five Satins. 1986 – Hard to believe, but for the first time in Rock history females held the top 3 spots on the charts. Janet Jackson (“When I Think of You”) Tina Turner (“Typical Male”) and (“True Colors”).

Top Single: “I Can’t Get Next To You” The Temptations #1 1969

Birthday: Russ Giguere (The Association) 1943

October 19, 1958 Backup vocalist for Gene Vincent, Tommy Facenda, charted with a most unique single, “High School USA” which was issued with 28 different versions each mentioning the names of different schools in major metropolitan areas. Collectively the record reached #28.

Top Single:
“Emotions” Mariah Carey #1 1991

October 20, 1956 The two biggest names in 50’s Rock &Roll, Bill Haley & The Comets and Elvis Presley performed on the same bill at Brooklyn High School in Cleveland.

2000 – The Vocal Group Hall of Fame held its second induction awards honoring the class of 1999 and 2000. the “99” class included The Ink Spots, The Imperials, Hank Ballard & The Midnighters, The Moonglows and The Four Seasons among others. 2000 included The Flamingos, Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers, Dion & The Belmonts, The Drifters and The Mama’s & The Papa’s. The awards hosts were music historian Jay Warner and The Supremes Mary Wilson.

Top Single: “Monster Mash” Bobby “Boris” Pickett #1 1962 “Rock-in Robin” Bobby Day & The Satellites #1 R&B

Birthday: Jay Siegel (The Tokens) 1939


October 21, 1957 Bobby Day & The Hollywood Flames recorded their soon-to-be hit, “Buzz, Buzz, Buzz” (#11 Pop, #5 R&B). Also in the group at the time was The Penguins Curtis Williams.

1958 – Buddy Holly’s last formal recording session included “It Doesn’t Matter Anymore” and “True Love Ways”. It was done at Coral Records 80th street New York studio.

Top Single: “Never My Love” The Association #3 1967 “To Sir With Love” Lulu #1 1967

Birthday: Norman Wright (The Dell-Vikings) 1937 Garfield Bright (Shai) 1969

October 22, 1988 Ted Taylor of The cadets died in a car accident while touring Louisiana.

Top Single: “Go Away Little Girl” The Happenings #17


October 23, 1954
50,000 watt, black radio giant, WDIA in Memphis began banning all records with (what was then considered) suggestive lyrics including The Drifters “Honey Love”, The Bess “Toy Bell” and the entire “Annie” series by The Midnighters et al.

1966 – The first female vocal group to top the U.S. album charts were The Supremes with “Supremes a Go Go”.

Top Single: “I Love How You Love Me” The Paris Sisters #7 1961 “Runaround Sue” Dion & The Del Satins #1 1961

Birthday: Barbara Ann Hawkins (The Dixie Cups) 1943 Perry Lee Tavares (Tavares) 1954 Davis Thomas (Take 6)

October 24, 1954 Clyde McPhatter recorded with The Drifters for the last time. The only released single from the session was “Everybody’s Laughing”

1978 – Keith Richards punishment for a Heroin possession charge in Canada was a one year suspension and an order to play a charity concert for the blind.

Top Single: “I’ll Be There” The Jackson Five #1 1970 “Do Wha Diddy Diddy” Manfred Mann #1 1964


October 25, 1969 Gladys Knight & The Pips “Friendship Train” (#17 Pop, #4 R&B) became their lucky 13th of 66 Pop charters from 1961 through

1973 – John Lennon sued the U.S. Government alleging his phone was tapped while he was fighting a deportation order.

Top Single: “To Each His Own” Faith, Hope & Charity #1 R&B 1975 “Bad Blood” Neil Sedaka #1 1975


October 26, 1963 A year and 22 days after Bob Dylan played before only 53 people at the Carnegie Hall Annex, he played to a sell out crowd at Carnegie Hall.

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

October 27, 1958 The Flamingos first for End, “That Love Is You” was released however its flip side “Lovers Never Say Goodbye” became the classic hit (#52 Pop, #25 R&B). “Lovers” was originally released under the title, “Please Wait For Me”.

1960 – Ben E. King began his solo career after leaving The Drifters when he recorded four songs including “Spanish Harlem” and “Stand By Me”.

Top Single: “Do You Love Me” The Contours #2 1962 “Monster Mash” Bobby “Boris” Pickett #1 1962

October 28, 1957 The Cellos “Girlie That I Love” was released. 1978 – The Barbara Streisand and Neil Diamond hit collaboration on “You Don’t Bring Me Flowers” was not their first performance encounter. In fact, they sang together at New York City’s Erasmus Hall High School in the school choir during the 60’s.

Top Single: “Besame Mucho” The Ray O Vacs #5 R&B 1950 “Hot Child In The City” Nick Gilder #1 1978

Birthday: Telma Hopkins (Dawn) 1948

October 29, 1952 The R&B group, The Diamonds recorded their initial four sides including the exquisite debut disc “A Beggar Four Your Kisses”

Top Single: “Black Denim Trousers” The Cheers #6 1955

Birthday: Eugene Daughtry (The Intruders) 1939

October 30, 1961 Joey Dee & The Starliters “Peppermint Twist” was released. It reached #1.

1998 – The Vocal Group Hall of Fame held their inaugural induction ceremonies at the Hall’s museum in Sharon, Pennsylvania. Among those inducted were The Mills Brothers, The Ravens, The Orioles, The Original Drifters, The Platters, The Beach Boys, The Supremes and The Manhattan Transfer. The event was hosted by legendary D.J’s Martha Jean(The Queen) Steinberg, Jack “The Rapper” Gibson and music historian and author Jay Warner.

Top Single: “If You Leave Me Now” Chicago #1 1976 “A Lovers Concerto” The Toys #2 1965

October 31, 1953 Probably the most perfect sounding vocal group single ever issued, The Flamingos third 45, “Golden Teardrops” was released.

1960 – Johnny Burnette’s “You’re 16” charted eventually reaching #8, the same day Jerry Butler’s “He Will Break Your Heart” charted but reached #7.

Top Single: “Baby Love” The Supremes #1 1964

Birthday: Otis Williams (The Temptations) 1941


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