Chuck Berry Sued The Beach Boys Over This Song – And Won!

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All weekend long we’ll ge giving you tickets to see The beach Boys in Tucson on their 50th Anniversary tour.  [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Brian Wilson[/lastfm] loves [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Chuck Berry[/lastfm], but there’s one Beach Boys song that got the group in trouble with Chuck.  It wasn’t their cover of his classic Rock And Roll Music (worst [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Chuck Berry[/lastfm] cover ever!) .  It was a song from early in their career.  What was the problem?  And why did it cost them a lot of money? 

[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]The Beach Boys[/lastfm] Surfing USA used the melody of[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”] Chuck Berry[/lastfm]’s Sweet Little Sixteen, which was fine, except for the fact that Chuck wasn’t given any songwriting credit for their “cover”.  Chuck sued, got back songwriting royalties, and still cashes a sizable check for the song every year.  Here’s Brian telling how he wrote the lyrics to Chuck’s melody.

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