Singer Kim Weston files suit against Motown founder Berry Gordy - royalty suit against Jobete Music/The Gordy Co - Brief Article
Jet, March 7, 1994
Former Motown recording artist Kim Weston, best known for her duet It Takes Two with Marvin Gaye, recently filed suit in Detroit against Motown founder Berry Gordy and his company Jobete Music for non-payment of royalties.
Ms. Weston signed with Gordy's Motown label in 1961 and recorded a number of memorable classics. She left the label in 1966 with a zero balance after paying off production costs and advances charged against her royalty account.
From then until 1988, when Boston Ventures and MCA bought Motown, Ms. Weston said she never received an accounting of royalty monies due her, according to her suit. By comparison, in early 1993, the new Motown Record Company, LP, whose obligation began from the date of acquisition from Gordy, paid Ms. Weston monies from sound recording distribution.
Ms. Weston's attorney, Theodora Fader, said, "My client's trust was breeched in 1967 when Motown Record Corporation, now known as Jobete Music/The Gordy Company, failed to live up to its contractual obligation and provide my client with an accounting of recordings made and sold by the corporation, for which royalties are due."
Post by Diamond Girl on Jul 25, 2006 19:30:42 GMT -5
This is so sad. How can anyone with a conscience do this to someone who made you money, better, you made money off of them. It's so unsettling to find so many of these suits from the recording company built as a "family".
How many more suits will there be?
"I don't consider myself as being a heckuva singer. I'm more of a stylist, if you will." Levi Stubbs, Jr.
Post by rainymourning on Jul 30, 2006 17:19:26 GMT -5
Can't speak for anyone else, but the saddest thing when reading about these lawsuits against Berry, is that the information presented is no longer shocking. It has become the norm. I don't care what the standard industry practice was or is but Berry being a grown man should never have treated these kids like that.
Post by Emerald City on Aug 6, 2006 15:32:38 GMT -5
Another good yet sad addition to the forum ... ((Cleo)) it's obvious how low his conscience level was :whistle: ... I know Kim wasn't there the longest, but anybody can see by the work she put it in, that her leaving with not even a couple thousand spells out BS