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dipsydoodle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-26-10 01:47 PM
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Shiny Stockings
Edited on Mon Jul-26-10 01:47 PM by dipsydoodle
from NPR Music :

Earlier this month we posted that composer/reedman Frank Foster would be able to reclaim the royalty rights to "Shiny Stockings," a song he wrote as a member of the Count Basie band in the mid-'50s.

It's a big deal because the song has become a jazz standard. While it won't bring in anywhere close to the kind of money Lady Gaga earns, it could provide a nice sum for Foster to count on as sort of a retirement income.

Recently, all this was made official. Foster and his wife Cecilia traveled from their home in Newport News, Va. to Newark, N.J. to join a few folks from the Community Law Clinic of Rutgers School of Law to sign a termination notice.

That allows him to reclaim his publishing rights to "Shiny Stockings," begin republishing his signature tune under his own publishing company and finally put half a century of missed opportunity to rest. Foster will also regain rights to several other songs, but "Shiny Stockings" has been "the one that got away," as he told me when I interviewed him.
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