sábado, 3 de marzo de 2012

the dispute over the publishing rights to Good Luck Charm


When Elvis's recording of Good Luck Charm was released as a single in late February 1962, it seemed destined to be just another triumph in Presley's unending reign over the record charts. The platter was Elvis's 22nd regular single release for RCA Victor. All of the previous 21, starting with Heartbreak Hotel in 1956, had placed in the top 5 on Billboard's Top/Hot 100 chart, and 12 of them had reached #1. There was every reason to believe that Good Luck Charm would do the same, as would many more Elvis single releases to follow.

Elvis Presley Good Luck Charm sleeve History, however, now reveals that Good Luck Charm was not just another record release in Presley's career, but rather a pivotal one. Rather than a link in his perpetual chart success, the record foreshadowed a down turn in Elvis's recording career. Good Luck Charm would reach #1 on the charts, but Presley would have just one more chart-topper in his career, and that wouldn't come until over seven years later. In addition, many of the composers who had provided Elvis's hit tunes would stop writing for him after 1962. For all its success, Good Luck Charm caused a crisis in Elvis's recording career. Good Luck Charm was written by the songwriting team of Aaron Schroeder and Wally Gold. Working with several different co-writers, Schroeder penned 16 songs for Elvis, including the hit singles A Big Hunk o' Love, I Got Stung, Stuck on You, and It's Now or Never. Gold collaborated with Schroeder on the latter song. However, after Good Luck Charm, neither Schroeder nor Gold would write another song for Elvis.
 ( Schroeder, who in the past had complied with Colonel Parker's requirement that composers sign over the publishing rights to their songs recorded by Presley to the singer's publishing company, was no longer willing to do so. Schroeder, who composed hundreds of songs, many recorded by other top artists— including Roy Orbison, Duane Eddy, Sammy Davis Jr., Nat King Cole, Perry Como, and Pat Boone—decided he was going to retain the publishing rights to Good Luck Charm. The dispute over Good Luck Charm reached the courts in May 1962. By that time, Presley's Gladys Music had filed a second infringement suit against Schroeder and Gold and Arch Music over an answer record to Good Luck Charm, titled, Don't Want to Be Another Good Luck Charm, released by Judy and Jo. Schroeder's Arch Music had licensed the answer song's recordings rights to Capitol Records, against which Gladys Music also filed a lawsuit.
Regardless of which side won in court, the dispute over the publishing rights to Good Luck Charm resulted in Aaron Schroeder never again writing a song for Elvis Presley to record. Soon thereafter other composers, including Leiber and Stoller, Pomus and Shuman, and Otis Blackwell, all past providers of hit tunes for Elvis, either stopped or only infrequently provided songs to Presley.)

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