Dick Jagger & The Verve: Bitter Sweet Symphony

Shortly after releasing Urban Hymns in 1997, Richard Ashcroft and the Verve were sued for copyright infringement by former Rolling Stones manager Allen Klein (the owner of most of the band's '60s catalog), who alleged that the album's hit song "Bitter Sweet Symphony" had sampled an obscure 1966 instrumental version of Mick Jagger and Keith Richards' "The Last Time" (orchestrated by Stones producer Andrew Loog Oldham).

Fortunately for the Verve, "Bitter Sweet Symphony" was a monster hit and was nominated for two Grammys. Less fortunately, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards were named as "songwriters," the Andrew Oldham Orchestra was named as the "performer," and Allen Klein went home with all of the royalties.

(Ashcroft and the Verve initially proposed splitting the royalties and giving them to charity. Klein refused. "He's a f---ing prick, isn't he?" Ashcroft later remarked. "You meet him at the crossroads and he robs you of a lot of money...")

[In February 2003, concert organizers led people to believe that the Rolling Stones would play a free concert in Los Angeles. "Mick and the boys were generously donating their time and talent to help spread the word about global warming," the San Francisco Examiner reported, "but it turns out sperm-to-the-stars Steven Bing (Liz Hurley's baby's daddy) is paying the band to perform. I guess the only green the Stones are interested in is cash."]

[In 1963 the Rolling Stones recorded a TV commercial for Kellogg's Rice Krispies.]

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