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George suing Ringo
12 September 2013
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trcanberra
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Well, I tried the search function and failed miserably, so – can anyone please point me at any info about the time George sued Ringo (well, according to the bit in the "Living in the Material World' film he did) or enlighten me on how it all turned out if we don't have any info here on it (I'm sure we do though :)   )

13 September 2013
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Ron Nasty
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Ringo recorded a George song called I'll Still Love (aka When Every Song Is Sung) on his 1976 album Ringo's Rotogravure with George's blessing, who couldn't make the sessions because he was recovering from hepatitis. On hearing Ringo's version, George was "not pleased" (either with the quality of the recording, arrangement or mix – it's not entirely certain) and threatened to sue. There was an exchange of letters between their lawyers, and the dispute settled before court papers were filed (explaining why it's not entirely clear what George's problem was).

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13 September 2013
12.28am
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It revolves around the track I'll Still Love You (originally titled When Every Song Is Sung) written by George and given to Ringo who recorded it for Ringo's Rotogravure. George didn't make the sessions for the song and upon hearing the end didn't like it and so threatened a lawsuit which was ultimately settled out of court.

 

Answer 3 here has details and wiki has a sentence on it, using Keith Badman's The Beatles Diary Volume 2 as the source:

Harrison himself was "not pleased" with the result and took legal action against Starr, which was soon settled out of court. When appearing together on ITV's Aspel and Company in March 1988 - an "historic day", this being the first major television interview to feature two ex-Beatles - Harrison and Starr made light of the whole issue.

If I can find the book i'll post what Badman actually wrote.

 

Take 44 with George on vocals from the All Things Must Pass sessions

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v…..Veyq0rb0c8

 

Ringo's 

 

(Was fighting with posting this so didn't see mja's reply.) 

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13 September 2013
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Thanks folks – I'm curious as to what the grounds for the legal action could possibly have been?  Breach of contract or?  All very odd (and interesting).

13 September 2013
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Remember that at the time George was being sued because of the similarities between My Sweet Lord and He's So Fine as well.

 

And it was the 70's, everyone sued everyone for anything. Burn the toast and you were in court.

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13 September 2013
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Ironically, George wrote "Sue Me, Sue You Blues"

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13 September 2013
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Just read about Sue Me Sue You Blues about a 3 hours ago. I always assumed it was to do with the My Sweet Lord lawsuit but it was more inspired by the Beatles writs. I always think MSL v HSF was immediate when it was over years and took ages to get started (even after listening the Fab4Free4Alls podcast over the case).

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13 September 2013
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robert said
Ironically, George wrote "Sue Me, Sue You Blues"

Heh – yes.  Guess the Ringo suit was part of the 'sue you' bit.  Now, I'm off to check the toast ….

13 September 2013
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Here's the section from Badman's book (1976):

April

 At the Sunset Sound Studios in Los Angeles, with assistance from Paul who is waiting for his American tour to begin, Ringo begins recording tracks intended for his album Ringo's Rotogravure. The sessions, which during June move to the Cherokee Studios in Hollywood, produce the following tracks: 'A Dose Of Rock And Roll', 'Hey Baby', 'Pure Gold', 'Cryin' ', 'You Don't Know Me At All', 'Cookin' (In The Kitchen Of Love) ', 'I'll Still Love You' (originally called 'When Every Song Is Sung&#39a-hard-days-night-george-10, 'This Be Called A Song', 'Las Brias', 'Lady Gaye' and the instrumental track 'Spooky Weirdness'. He also records the unreleased songs 'Where Are You Going', 'All Right' and 'It's Hard To Be Lovers'. Incidentally, while Ringo is recording the album, George Martin, producing an album by a new band who call themselves American Flyer, is in the studio next door. Their paths do not cross as George is recording during the day while Ringo, in typical Beatles fashion, records through the night.

 During the sessions in Hollywood on June 12, John assists by playing piano on the recording of 'A Dose Of Rock And Roll' as well as on his own composition 'Cookin' (In The Kitchen Of Love)'. On June 19, Paul and Linda, during a break from their American tour, join Ringo at Cherokee for a four-hour recording session for Paul's track 'Pure Gold'. Sadly, George fails to make this an album featuring musical contributions from all four ex-Beatles as he is unable to attend any of the sessions. His typical guitar sound, on his own composition of 'I'll Still Love You', is recreated by Lon Van Easton. George is in New York working on his next album. Rumours circulate this month that he is to tour America at the end of the year, anxious to make amends for his disappointing 1974 concert appearances.

Friday September 17

 Ringo's album Ringo's Rotogravure is released in the UK (The American release takes place on September 27.) The title is inspired by the Judy Garland and Fred Astaire 1948 film Easter Parade, that Ringo had enjoyed on TV some three years earlier. Besides John's contribution on 'Cookin' (In The Kitchen of Love)', Paul writes 'Pure Gold' (on which he contributes backing vocals) and George writes 'I'll Still Love You'. The album makes number 28 in the US charts. Ringo is naturally asked how he received contributions from John, Paul and George.

"Well, Paul asked to write a song. I asked John and he worked on it and worked on it and eventually he came up with 'You Got Me Cooking' (sic). You know he's really into that now – cooking! I also asked George to write one, but there was an old one of his that was never released by anybody that I always loved. I was on the session when it was recorded so, in the end, I asked him if instead of writing one, could I have that old one? He said fine; it saved him a job. It's called 'I Still Love You', a big ballady thing." (Note: Although George allows Ringo to record the song, he is not pleased with the result and takes legal action against Ringo. The action is resolved later this year.)

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