I cannot believe that Motown Records is still getting away with these actions....Berry Gordy Jr...and his  ethically challenged people need to rectify this issue.......RK

Published: August 31, 2013

DETROIT — On the lawn outside Motown Records’ former headquarters here, a historical marker honors the pivotal role that the song “Money (That’s What I Want)” played in building the Motown empire. With its hypnotic piano riff and unabashedly materialistic refrain, “Money,” recorded in 1959, was the first national success for the label that came to be known as “Hitsville U.S.A.,” giving the fledgling company credibility and a vital infusion of cash.

Over the years, “Money” has generated millions of dollars in publishing royalties. It was recorded by both the Beatles and the Rolling Stones, has been widely used in films and advertisements and is now featured in “Motown: The Musical” on Broadway. But the pianist and singer Barrett Strong, who first recorded “Money” and, according to records at the United States Copyright Office in Washington, was originally listed as a writer of the song, says that he has never seen a penny of those profits.

Unbeknown to Mr. Strong, who also helped write many other Motown hits, his name was removed from the copyright registration for “Money” three years after the song was written, restored in 1987 when the copyright was renewed, then removed again the next year — his name literally crossed out.

Hundreds of different record companies have published the song MONEY...here are some examples...



Unknown said...

Just another reason that I love all of Kimmer's sites. I pride myself in my musical knowledge, but here's yet another example of more valuable info to stuff into my cranial passages!! LOVE RETRO KIMMER and all her sites!!

Thanks Kim
Chuck Santoni

Retro Kimmer said...

oh so sweet! thank you ♥•✿•♥•✿•♥•✿•♥

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