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Editor: Gerry W. Beyer
Texas Tech Univ. School of Law

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Another James Brown Update

Brown2Earlier on this blog, I brought you up-to-date with recent developments in the ongoing dispute over James Brown's estate.

Here is some additional information from AP, James Brown recordings locked in dispute, Yahoo! News, Jan. 1, 2008:

The legal feud over the estate of James Brown is stalling the release of the soul legend's final recordings, his longtime adviser said.

Brown cut an album in Los Angeles the summer before he died in December 2006, but the songs are not being released because of courtroom disputes about who should benefit from his legacy and music royalties, said attorney Buddy Dallas. There are also between 50 and 60 other previously recorded songs in vaults, Dallas said.

Brown's fourth son, Daryl, is one of five heirs trying to have their father's will voided because they say his former advisers — including Dallas — used undue influence to get the singer to create charitable trusts from which the advisers would profit. * * *

Dallas quit as an estate trustee in November but now is trying to retract his resignation.

Daryl * * * says he is not aware of any recordings done in California in 2006. * * *

But he said there are dozens of unreleased songs stored in vaults and on master tapes at Brown's Beech Island, S.C., estate.

Special thanks to Jeffrey A. Cooper (Associate Professor of Law, Quinnipiac University School of Law) for bringing this article to my attention.


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