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Author: Brian Lukasavitz
Brian Lukasavitz, Esq. (“The Blues Attorney”) is an arts and entertainment attorney with the Lukasavitz Law Group, LLC.. His firm is based out of Minnesota. In addition to representing artists in a variety of copyright, licensing and contractual issues, he is a consultant, blues musician, blues-educator, author and radio host. He can be contacted at [email protected]
While it’s difficult to pinpoint the true origin of the blues, there’s little debate the first “Blues Hit” was Mamie Smith’s “Crazy Blues”. And with the hit came some of the first music industry lawsuits about hits — a time-honored tradition since the dawn of the music industry!
It is a too common tale that legendary artists have had to wait years or decades to get a fraction of what they’re owed. The story of “The Father of Rock n Roll”; Arthur Big Boy Crudup is the king of those stories.
Like many entertainment and IP attorneys, I’ve closely watched the copyright infringement case between the Estate of Marvin Gaye and Robin Thicke/Pharrell Williams over the song “Blurred Lines”.
There was no shortage of controversy surrounding Bessie Smith’s interaction with her record label. Find the fascinating, hidden decades-long fight over the Empress of the Blues’ music, some of the most powerful in blues history.