Court rules against Roger Miller’s widow Publisher Gets Singer’s Works
The widow of country music legend Roger Miller doesn’t own the rights to some of his biggest hits, including “King of the Road,” a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday.
The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said Sony/ATV Music Publishing owns the renewal copyrights to the songs the artist published in 1964. Federal courts have already ruled that Sony owns the rights to Miller’s songs published from 1958 to 1963.
In addition to “King of the Road,” the songs include for “Dang Me,” “Chug-A-Lug” and “You Can’t Roller Skate in a Buffalo Herd.” The decision struck down a lower court’s ruling in widow Mary Miller’s favor.
It’s not clear whether she will appeal.
A spokesman for Sony said the company was pleased with the court’s decision, which enables Sony to continue to represent the catalog of the iconic songwriter.
Roger Miller died in 1992 after a battle with cancer. The singer left a will that stated that his widow was entitled to the rights to his work. But before he died he had assigned copyrights to his music to Sony.
The widow, who has been in a protracted legal battle with the publishing giant, had argued that she was entitled to the rights to the songs because her husband died before the copyrights assigned to Sony were renewed.
But the appeals court said Roger Miller had assigned rights to the company at the time applications were made to renew the copyrights.
The above article is something I have been preaching about for years regarding how publishing and record companies put the screws to artists and writers. It takes a hard-hitting entertainment attorney to make the record and publishing companies open up their books with an audit, and that is something neither one of these parasites want to do. They hate the risk that the attorney will find their loopholes on how not to pay what is due to the artists and writers.
Debbie Dean of Debbie Dean Promotions writes: Co Writers hit home with a song about some of todays world problems. Jon Philibert from the UK, and Ed Bentley from the USA have written a song titled “Is It Just Me” sung by Mike Lusk.
In late part of 2004 Ed Bentley was inducted into the Rockabilly Hall of Fame after having been away from the music scene for a few years. Ed’s induction was the needed spark that he needed so he grabbed his guitar and jumped right back into music with both feet. He then started making frequent trips to Nashville, renewing old acquaintances that he had not seen for many years and co writing with some great songwriters. Ed has now also set up his own home studio. Ed Bentley originally hails from Buffalo NY and is currently writing Instrumentals for various Film and TV projects.
Jon Philibert is a UK-based British songwriter working in both London and Nashville. He has songs recorded by both British and American country acts, perhaps most notably “I’ve Been Rained On Too” a top ten country chart entry for Tom Jones. The song has been recorded many times including versions by UK country star Charlie Landsborough. Jon has also had cuts on Billboard charting artists such as Carmol Taylor, Bobby Bare, Judy Lindsey and Jimmy Payne. In 2011 Jon decided, after many years, to retire from country journalism to concentrate full time on his songwriting and publishing activities. He continues to chalk up cuts and is currently working on projects with both UK and American songwriters.
To view a the video of “Is It Just Me” it can be found at
We are not sure at this time if this song will be made available for free promotional download on Wildhorse Entertainment but we will be looking forward to receiving confirmation on that soon.
Vince Gill has left MCA Records. Appearing Wednesday (Feb. 22) as an unscheduled guest on Universal Music Group’s Country Radio Seminar show at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium, Gill sang his unrecorded song “Red Words” after announcing his 23-year relationship with MCA was over. A spokesman for Gill confirmed the departure from MCA, a division of UMG. Prior to signing with MCA in 1989, he had spent five years recording for RCA Records. Gill released Guitar Slinger, his final album for MCA, last October. His first — and possibly final — single from that album, “Threaten Me With Heaven,” received only moderate airplay. However, Gill, wife Amy Grant, Dillon O’Brian and the late Will Owsley received a Grammy nomination in the best country song category for co-writing it. The trade publication Country Aircheck reported that Gill told the audience of radio programmers, “I’m just grateful for where I’ve been, and you’ve been a big part of where I’ve been and where I’m going. To my MCA family, it was really a sweet ride the last 23 years, and I appreciate everything you do.”
Special comment by Marty Martel for Wildhorse Entertainment and WHISNews21: This treasured artist is still filled with hits and music, and whoever signs Vince will be the winner of the lottery of music, because radio has not been kind to Vince in the last few years, I guess because he has stuck to his guns on what he wrote and recorded, and I would say that the record label and radio are to blame for what happens to all artists who are in the middle of their career. This is my opinion, not Vince’s, and I take full responsibility for what I write. Vince Gill has been true to country music for his entire career and no doubt will be for the rest of his career. But radio is to blame for not playing Vince Gill music and other artists who record country music, and record labels share the blame by not making radio play what great artists like Vince Gill record.