Electric Prunes Sue For Royalties
Two members of the 1960s rock band Electric Prunes are suing their record label and music publisher, alleging in two separate lawsuits the companies failed to pay them royalties totaling $1 million.Two members of the 1960s rock band Electric Prunes are suing their record label and music publisher, alleging in two separate lawsuits the companies failed to pay them royalties totaling $1 million.
Bass player Mark Tulin filed the lawsuit Monday in Los Angeles Superior Court against Damo Productions Inc. Tulin and lead singer James Lowe also filed a separate lawsuit Monday against Newcomer Music Publishing Co.
Tulin and Lowe are representing themselves in the two lawsuits, each asking for $500,000 in damages.
Damo and Newcomer officials could not be located for comment. The companies' business licenses were suspended in the late 1960s, according to the California Secretary of State.
In the lawsuit against Damo, Tulin alleges the company owes him royalties from album sales based on a 1966 written contract. Tulin and Lowe allege in their lawsuit against Newcomer that they are owed royalties based on an oral agreement they and the company agreed upon in 1967.
The Electric Prunes was formed in Seattle in 1965 and recorded more than a dozen albums. Their biggest hit was the 1965 song "I Had Too Much To Dream (Last Night)," which reached No. 11 on the Billboard pop singles chart.
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