Hendrix’s Estate And Martin Scorsese Sued By Lonnie Youngblood

lonnie youngblood Hendrixs Estate And Martin Scorsese Sued By Lonnie Youngblood

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. 

lonnie youngblood Hendrixs Estate And Martin Scorsese Sued By Lonnie Youngblood

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]

  • Robert Watson

    I don’t blame him one bit. Experience Hendrix should have seen this coming. They were too arrogant to realize it.

  • Nick

    Lonnie Youngblood should really be ashamed of himself. Of course to do so, he would have to possess some shred of decency which might enable him to have a sense of shame. In addition, the authors of this article should likewise be ashamed for not doing their homework and their research. If they had done so, they would have at least made some mention of the fact that Youngblood has been endlessly cranking out dubious and deceptively labled albums for decades (beginning virtually within months of Hendrix’ death and continuing up to this day) purporting to be his “collaborations” with Hendrix. In reality these albums contain only the same handful of mediocre 1963/64 R&B cuts with Hendrix present only as a sideman and on which his playing is barely audible. To make matters even worse, Youngblood has continuously repackaged this stuff along with completely bogus material he knows full well to have no Hendrix involvement whatsoever and yet he still passes off as Hendrix recordings.

    Youngblood has already made far more money off of Hendrix name than his minimal recordings with the artist should ever reasonably have merited. If he is indeed so concerned with “proper credit being given where it is due”, he’d best begin by taking a long hard look at his own reprehensible behavior over the past 40 years. He is just yet another in a pathetically long string of vultures pecking over the corpse of an icon to steal the scraps.

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