The Kings 'Reign' Over Copyrights

MAPLERIDGE, BC (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — Canadian rock band The Kings, best known for their Bob (Pink Floyd) Ezrin produced hit "This Beat Goes On/Switchin' to Glide," (Elektra) have, after a two year quest, bought back their publishing copyrights from Warner Chappell.


The deal was set up in the early '80s by The Kings then manager, Randy Phillips, now CEO of AEG Live.

Kings spokesman John Picard said,"I'm no lawyer but I think it was because of the way Randy and his lawyer Allen Lenard set up the original deal. There was an out if we could pay back the un-recouped balance, and that is what we did," according to the press release.

The two song segue spent six months in the Billboard Hot 100 and was recently named "One of the Top 100 Canadian Singles of All Time" in the new book by Bob Mersereau. Still active, The Kings are promoting their latest project, a DVD entitled "Anatomy of a One-Hit Wonder."

— Crystal Lynn Huntoon

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