Dave Prater's Widow Sues Over Royalties
Rosemary Prater, the widow of Dave Prater, one-half of the 1960s duo R&B duo Sam & Dave, filed a lawsuit Monday in state Superior Court in Paterson, N.J., in a longstanding dispute over royaltRosemary Prater, the widow of Dave Prater, one-half of the 1960s duo R&B duo Sam & Dave, filed a lawsuit Monday in state Superior Court in Paterson, N.J., in a longstanding dispute over royalties. The suit names Atlantic Records and Artists Rights Enforcement Corp., a New York City company, as defendants.
Prater, who was married to the singer for seven years before he died in a car accident in 1988, claims she and Prater's children have been deprived of royalties for several years.
A year before Prater died, he contracted with Artists Rights, which collects royalties on behalf of artists in exchange for a percentage of the money recovered. The agency received 50% of the royalties "in perpetuity." The suit claims that after Prater's death, the company's founder and president coerced Rosemary Prater into agreeing to the same deal.
Prater and his partner, Sam Moore, had several Billboard Hot 100 hits in the 1960s, including "Soul Man" (No. 2, 1967) and "Hold On, I'm Coming" (No. 21, 1966). They continued to perform for many years before breaking up in the early 1980s.
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