Famed saxophonist [lastfm]Lonnie Youngblood[/lastfm] wants to prove a point with his lawsuit against guitar icon Jimi Hendrix’s estate, MCA Records and Oscar-winning director Martin Scorsese.
Read on for details on why these three figures are givin’ Youngblood the “Blues.”
Youngblood made a name for himself in the 60s recording a few songs with [lastfm]Jimi Hendrix[/lastfm] and touring with [lastfm]James Brown[/lastfm] and [lastfm]Jackie Wilson[/lastfm], and he is seeking credit where credit is deserved.
In his claim against the figures, Youngblood is claiming the song he cowrote with Hendrix “Georgia Blues” was used in the 2003 compilation without his permission and wasn’t credited as a co-author.
He is seeking lost income damages for the song’s use in Scorsese’s TV series Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues. He released the track on the Internet with a copyright in 2002 and refused a $3,000 offer to use the track from a Hendrix’s Estate lawyer.
“It’s the principle,” Youngblood told the AP. “I want my song back. They had no right to take my song.”
Youngblood and Hendrix first met in the mid 60s playing in the same New York club circuit, but their paths deviated after Hendrix’s profile grew. Youngblood ran into the guitarist in the late 60s and Hendrix asked him to record the song as a thank you and pay back for performing with him before his success.
Youngblood states the song “Georgia Blues” even references his birthplace and age in the lyrics “I was born in Georgia 27 years ago.” But being seven years after its uncredited use, does Youngblood’s claim have any valid stake, or is it too little too late to file a suit?
Listen to the song below:
[Source: Rolling Stone]