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Northern Songs Ltd. is a company founded in 1963 by music publisher Dick James, Brian Epstein, and The Beatles to publish songs written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney (see Lennon/McCartney). (George Martin, The Beatles producer, was offered a partnership in the company but turned it down, since his position at EMI made it a potential conflict of interest.) Year 1963 (MCMLXIII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article deals with contemporary popular music publishing. ... Dick James (born Reginald Leon Vapnick, in 1920, in London died 2 January 1986) was the singer of the Robin Hood and The Buccaneers themes, from British television in the 1950s and was a friend and associate of renowned record producer George Martin. ... Brian Samuel Epstein (IPA: ) (born in Liverpool, England; 19 September 1934 – 27 August 1967) was the manager of The Beatles. ... The White Album, see The Beatles (album). ... John Winston Ono Lennon, MBE (October 9, 1940 – December 8, 1980), (born John Winston Lennon, known as John Ono Lennon) was an iconic English 20th century rock and roll songwriter and singer, best known as the founding member of The Beatles. ... Sir James Paul McCartney, MBE (born 18 June 1942) is an English singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who first gained worldwide fame as one of the founding members of The Beatles. ... The songwriting partnership of John Lennon and Paul McCartney, usually referred to as Lennon/McCartney (sometimes McCartney/Lennon), is one of the best-known and most successful musical collaborations of all time. ... For other uses, see George Martin (disambiguation). ... In the music industry, a record producer (or music producer) has many roles, among them controlling the recording sessions, coaching and guiding the musicians, organizing and scheduling production budget and resources, and supervising the recording, mixing and mastering processes. ... For other uses, see EMI (disambiguation). ... A conflict of interest is a situation in which someone in a position of trust, such as a lawyer, a politician, or an executive or director of a corporation, has competing professional or personal interests. ...


Foundation and early history

Along with Lennon's and McCartney's songs (published in the U.S. by Maclen Music, named for McCartney and Lennon), Northern Songs published George Harrison's early compositions, and Ringo Starr was also signed as a songwriter. Both Northern Songs and Maclen Music were administered by Dick James Music. When the initial contracts expired, Lennon and McCartney renewed, while Harrison instead started his own company, Harrisongs Ltd., and Starr his own, called Startling Music. Motto: (Out Of Many, One) (traditional) In God We Trust (1956 to date) Anthem: The Star-Spangled Banner Capital Washington D.C. Largest city New York City None at federal level (English de facto) Government Federal constitutional republic  - President George Walker Bush (R)  - Vice President Dick Cheney (R) Independence from... For other persons named George Harrison, see George Harrison (disambiguation). ... Richard Starkey Jr, MBE (born 7 July 1940), known by his stage name Ringo Starr, is an English musician, singer, songwriter and actor, best known as the drummer of The Beatles. ... Dick James (died 1986) was the singer of the Robin Hood and The Buccaneers themes, from British television in the 1950s and was a friend of producer George Martin. ... Harrisongs Ltd. ... Startling Music is a music publishing company, founded by musician Ringo Starr, drummer of The Beatles. ...


In a novel move, during 1965 it was decided to "take the company public" to save on capital gains tax, and Northern Songs was reorganised as a public company, with Lennon and McCartney each owning 15%, Beatles manager Brian Epstein's company NEMS assigned 7.5%, Dick James and partner Charles Silver (who served as Northern Songs' chairman) retaining a total of 37.5%, and Harrison and Starr together owning about 1.6%. The rest traded on the London Stock Exchange. A capital gains tax (abbreviated: CGT) is a tax charged on capital gains, the profit realized on the sale of an asset that was purchased at a lower price. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Brian Samuel Epstein (IPA: ) (born in Liverpool, England; 19 September 1934 – 27 August 1967) was the manager of The Beatles. ... The Source by Greyworld, in the new LSE building Paternoster Square. ...


Harrison wrote "Only a Northern Song", the title a play on the song's origins, to appear on the Sgt. Pepper album; the lyrics in part express his disappointment with his publishing contract and with the company's handling of his songs. The song was left out of the album, later appearing in the Beatles' animated feature, 1968's Yellow Submarine, and its soundtrack. Only A Northern Song is a song by British rock band The Beatles, written by George Harrison. ... For other uses, see Sgt. ... Year 1968 (MCMLXVIII) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... For the song, see Yellow Submarine (song). ...


After Brian Epstein died, Lennon and McCartney sought to renegotiate their publishing deal with Dick James. In 1968 they invited James for a meeting at Apple Records. They tried to film the meeting with James, and were rather brusque with him. Already-cool relations between James and the Beatles became even cooler. Early in 1969, James and Silver abruptly sold their shares in Northern Songs to Britain's Associated TeleVision (ATV), giving the Beatles no notice, or the chance to buy them out. (Lennon learned of the sale from a morning newspaper during his honeymoon with Yoko Ono, and immediately called McCartney.) ATV was also able to buy enough public shares to threaten a majority holding in Northern Songs. This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Yoko Ono Lennon (小野 洋子 Ono Yōko), born February 18, 1933) is a Japanese-American artist and musician. ...


Allen Klein attempted to set up a deal with ATV for Apple Corps to buy ATV out. This was spoiled by attorney John Eastman (McCartney's brother-in-law, and son of his future business manager Lee Eastman) sending a letter to ATV informing them that Klein wasn't authorised to act on Apple's behalf. (This was technically true, but he was the de facto manager for Lennon, Harrison and Starr, and also had McCartney's verbal go-ahead for the deal.) ATV backed out rather than risk being pulled into litigation. This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Apple Records logo, featuring a Granny Smith apple. ... A New York show business attorney. ... An agent or representative of musicians and/or recording artists, whose main job is to supervise their business affairs, and the proper handling of their financial matters. ... Lee Eastman (12 January 1910 - 30 July 1991) was a New York show business attorney, the son of Louis and Della (Freyer) Epstein. ... De facto is a Latin expression that means in fact or in practice. It is commonly used as opposed to de jure (meaning by law) when referring to matters of law or governance or technique (such as standards), that are found in the common experience as created or developed without...


Next, a block of investors who owned a small but crucial percentage of shares was lobbied by both sides to sell out or cooperate with them ultimately to take control of Northern Songs. During negotiations, Lennon made an understandable, but ill-timed and poorly-worded, comment expressing his disdain for businessmen trying to influence his creative output — "I'm sick to death of being fucked about by men in suits sitting on their fat arses in the City!" — which threw the investors to ATV's side. Motto: Domine dirige nos Latin: Lord, guide us Shown within Greater London Sovereign state Constituent country Region Greater London Status City and Ceremonial County Admin HQ Guildhall Government  - Leadership see text  - Mayor John Stuttard  - MP Mark Field  - London Assembly John Biggs Area  - City  1. ...


Under their publishing contract with Northern Songs, Lennon and McCartney were legally bound to continue their songwriting until 1973. The simplest way out, if they couldn't gain control, was to also sell out to ATV, while keeping the writer's royalties from their contracted songs. Lennon and McCartney sold their stock (Lennon his 15%, McCartney's portion slightly higher, since he himself bought additional shares) in October 1969 for £3.5 million. Harrison and Starr chose to keep their shares. A publishing contract is a legal contract between a publisher and a writer or author (or more than one), to publish written material by the writer(s) or author(s). ... For the song by James Blunt, see 1973 (song). ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ...


Later history

ATV held its controlling interest in Northern Songs until 1985, when ATV Music went up for sale. Outbidding McCartney (who'd tried unsuccessfully to persuade Ono to join him) was singer Michael Jackson, whose recent friendship and collaboration with McCartney ended suddenly as a result. It turned out Ono had actually encouraged Jackson to buy the shares, telling the press after the sale, "I just feel like a friend has them." When asked how he felt about having Jackson as his "boss," as controller of the song catalogue, McCartney replied, "I think he needs to give me a raise." (None of the Beatles' royalty rates as composers had ever been increased, despite their continuing sales.) McCartney reportedly did ask Jackson for a royalty increase but was turned down, further cooling their relationship. This article is about the year. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Michael Joseph Jackson (August 29, 1958), commonly known as MJ as well as the King of Pop, is an American musician, entertainer, and pop icon whose successful career and controversial personal life have been a part of pop culture for the last three decades. ...


In 1995, Jackson merged his catalogue with Sony Music's publishing, for a reported $95 million, establishing Sony/ATV Music Publishing. He later used his remaining half as collateral to finance additional debt. As of 2005, there is a chance that his remainder may go on sale. Harrison's estate has also begun legal action to recover a large amount of unpaid (or underpaid) songwriter's royalties. McCartney's MPL Communications, meanwhile, has bought or secured publishing rights to several early Beatles songs not published by Northern Songs, including "Love Me Do" and "P.S. I Love You".. Year 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full 1995 Gregorian calendar). ... ... Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC is one of the worlds largest music publishing firms. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... MPL Communications is the umbrella company for the business interests of Sir Paul McCartney. ... Love Me Do is an early Lennon-McCartney song, mainly written by Paul McCartney in 1961-2. ... P.S. I Love You is a Lennon-McCartney song recorded by the Beatles and released on October 5, 1962 as the B-side of their Love Me Do single. ...


References

  • Shout! The Beatles in their Generation, by Philip Norman (Warner Books, 1982)
  • John Lennon: One Day at a Time, by Anthony Fawcett (Grove Press, 1976)
  • The Love You Make: An Insider's Story of the Beatles, by Peter Brown (McGraw-Hill, 1983)

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