Steve Smith: McCartney files suit; Seger records tribute to Frey; ‘Buckingham-McVie’ stay on track, and more

By Steve SmithPaul McCartney filed a lawsuit against Sony/ATV Music Publishing seeing to reclaim the song rights many of the Beatles songs that he and his songwriting partner John Lennon wrote beginning in 1962 but lost in 1969, reports Variety. At one point in the ‘80s, Michael Jackson acquired the songs. The lawsuit claims that the 74-year-old McCartney, whose net worth in 2015 was set by Forbes at $1.2 billion (he’s Britain’s wealthiest musician) can reclaim his songwriting rights in 2018.Among the songs involved are such all-time classics as “Yesterday,” “Hey Jude,” “Let It Be,” “Love Me Do,” “P.S. I Love You,” “Thank You Girl,” “Bad to Me,” “I Want to Hold Your Hand,” and “All You Need Is Love.”

The idea was just to honor his memory and talk, very specifically, about my impression of him in 1966 when we first met.” Among the lyrics are, ““When I think about you I always smile. Of the ballad, the 71-year-old Seger says: “It’s obviously not meant to be a hit. Souther and Frey’s Eagles band mate and frequent songwriting partner Don Henley Frey sang backup on Seger’s first hit, the stomping “Ramblin’ Gamblin’ Man.” At the Kennedy Center Honors last month, Seger performed for the first time in several years, paying tribute to Frey by singing The Eagles 1979 hit, “Heartache Tonight,” that he and Frey wrote together with J.D. There’s no chorus, per se or title or anything. You were strong/You were sharp/But you had the deepest heart.”Seger and Frey, both members of the Rock and Roll and Songwriters Halls of Fame, grew up together in the Detroit suburb, Royal Oak.

The sparse song, merely titled “Glenn Song,” was recorded four months ago in Nashville. It features acoustic guitars, a simple-yet-powerful drum cadence and somber violins. McCartney’s MPL Publishing is the world’s largest privately owned individual music publisher. Among many others, he owns the song catalogues of Buddy Holly, Frank Loesser, Harold Arlen and Meredith Willson (including “The Music Man”).SEGER RECORDS TRIBUTE TO FREYTo mark the one year anniversary of the passing of his lifelong buddy, The Eagles’ late leader Glenn Frey, Detroit rocker Bob Seger has written and recorded a new song dedicated him, according to Rolling Stone.
“Glenn Song” is available for free download on his website, www.bobseger.com.McVIE, BUCKINGHAM MOVE FORWARDIt was just a week or so ago that Fleetwood Mac’s Christine McVie told Rolling Stone that The Mac has been recording what will result in their first studio album in 14 years with the hope it will be released this year. Singer Stevie Nicks, out. There are tons more in the bag that have yet to record – and they’re fantastic.” That was then; this is now. Drummer Mick Fleetwood, out. Bassist John McVie, out. She said: “(Fellow band member) Lindsay (Buckingham) and I, we have plenty of songs.