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When A Man Loves A Woman – Remembering Percy Sledge

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on April 14, 2015 by damngoodtunes


Percy Sledge, one of the most timeless entertainers whose voice has filled the air-waves for nearly six decades has passed following health complications. Known mainly for the immortal hit ” When A Man Loves A Woman” Percy recalled later that he signed away the rights to the melody which seemed at the time when he was young and green – to be the right thing to do. However, he was constantly reminded that he cut his wife and children out of much prosperity from his ill-advised move. The first song to ever become a # 1 hit for Muscle Shoals Alabama recording studio, it would later become an iconic melody of love and pain, recorded by dozens and also re-made into a number one song again by American singer Michael Bolton. Sledge will be remembered as a gentle man with a big heart and beautiful smile. Always good to work with in the studio, a family man and a true man of faith.

Bruce J Maier – Publisher /

Footnote comment for all aspiring artists, bands and songwriters; Make sure you have qualified advice before giving away the rights to your music.What happened to Percy Sledge, although he had a full and wonderful career might have been greater yet had he been able to enjoy the fruits of his labor and inspirations, thus providing more for his family’s future through the royalties earned from one of the biggest mega-monster songs in the history of Pop music.


Internet Radio Equality Act

Posted in Independent Music, Indie Music, Internet Radio, Journalism with tags , , , , , , on August 21, 2010 by damngoodtunes

Have you heard of this? Do you understand it? What side of the fence should you be standing on? Read the text as it was written by Congress;

Internet Radio Equality Act – Declares to be ineffective: (1) the March 2, 2007, Determination of Rates and Terms of the U.S. Copyright Royalty Judges regarding rates and terms for the digital performance of sound recordings and ephemeral recordings; (2) the April 17, 2007, modification of that determination by an order denying motions for rehearing; and (3) any subsequent modification by the Copyright Royalty Judges published in the Federal Register. Replaces standards for determining reasonable rates and terms of royalty payments for public performances of sound recordings by means of eligible nonsubscription transmission services and new subscription services with a requirement that such rates and terms be established in accordance with stated objectives of the Copyright Royalty Judges. (Currently, rates and terms are required to distinguish among different types of eligible nonsubscription transmission services and include a minimum fee for each type.) Allows a minimum annual royalty for each provider subject to such rates and terms. Provides a transition rule for payment of royalties by providers of digital audio transmissions that would have been subject to the rates and terms nullified by this Act. Revises royalty payment provisions concerning the use of certain works in noncommercial broadcasting to include: (1) sound recordings; and (2) performance or display by nonprofit organizations and public broadcasting entities. Provides a transition rule for the payment by a public broadcasting entity to owners of copyrights in sound recordings. Requires a report to the Copyright Royalty Judges by the Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communications and Information on the competitiveness of the Internet radio marketplace and the effect on Internet radio providers of proposed rate determinations in proceedings concerning: (1) public performances of sound recordings by means of the services described above; or (2) the use of certain works in noncommercial broadcasting. Requires the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), upon publication of the commencement of proceedings of the Copyright Royalty Judges to determine rates and terms under the statutory license described in this Act, to report on the effect of such proposals on localism, diversity, and competition in the Internet radio marketplace (including in rural areas). Requires a report to Congress and the Copyright Royalty Judges by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) on the effect of such proposals upon public broadcasting licensees and permittees.