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GUEST,Texas Guest Origins: Help with 'Dirty Old Town,' please,... (27) Origins: Help with 'Dirty Old Town,' please,... 29 Apr 08


I need some help again, folks. Please know at the outset that I am
familiar with recent, and distant threads on this subject and consulted the most recent thread last evening; however, I had a thought today (an unusual occurance, according to my wife). Here's
the situation:

A bandmate asked me to sing lead on the song, "Dirty Old Town" and
we had a disagreement on the "correct" words. Our discussion led
to my band-partner letting me know that Roger Whittaker wrote the
song and this is known because the previous edition of their band
recorded it and had to get copyright clearance through Roger Whittaker's people. So, I said that Ewan McColl wrote it and I
supplied the correct lyrics via email today, etc., blah, blah.

Now, it occured to me that maybe Ewan McColl sold the rights to DOT to Roger Whittaker, or maybe Roger owns the "Canadian" rights,
or the "American Rights," or whatever. Any ideas here? Is it possible that Roger copyrighted a specific arrangement or maybe
the previous band just got "taken." I am comfortable with the
information I've dug up here, but - I'm curiouser and curiouser. Thanks.


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