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November 26, 1990 | From United Press International
Suit Asserts Winwood Hit Was Stolen: Jobete Music Co. sued singer Steve Winwood, alleging that his 1988 hit "Roll With It" was stolen from a tune recorded 22 years earlier by the Motown band Junior Walker and the All Stars. The federal lawsuit seeking at least $50,000 in damages accuses Winwood and his co-writer of copyright infringement, claiming their song is based on Walker's 1966 hit "I'm a Roadrunner."
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November 26, 1990 | From United Press International
Suit Asserts Winwood Hit Was Stolen: Jobete Music Co. sued singer Steve Winwood, alleging that his 1988 hit "Roll With It" was stolen from a tune recorded 22 years earlier by the Motown band Junior Walker and the All Stars. The federal lawsuit seeking at least $50,000 in damages accuses Winwood and his co-writer of copyright infringement, claiming their song is based on Walker's 1966 hit "I'm a Roadrunner."
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November 6, 1992 | ALEENE MacMINN, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
Music to Sweat By: Publishing companies for Prince and Guns N' Roses want a Philadelphia health club to pay up for the use of three songs, or set their patrons sweating to some other exercise music. Controversy Music, Guns N' Roses Music and Jobete Music Co. said in a copyright lawsuit that the Lancaster County Racquetball & Health Club failed to get license agreements for use of three songs on Aug. 5.
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June 29, 1988 | JAMES BATES, Times Staff Writer
Berry Gordy Jr., the former Detroit auto worker who built Motown Records into what was once the nation's largest black-owned business, has sold the company for $61 million to MCA Inc. and Boston Ventures Limited Partnership, the companies announced Tuesday. The sale of the company, which Gordy built in the 1960s and 1970s with such stars as Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, the Jackson 5 and Diana Ross, was concluded late Monday, although it had been expected for weeks.
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January 6, 1998 | MYRNA OLIVER, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Ewart G. Abner Jr., the recording executive who released the first Beatles record in America on his Vee Jay label and later headed Motown Records, has died. He was 74. Abner, known to his friends by his surname or simply as "Ab," died Dec. 27 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles of pneumonia. At the time of his death, he was executive assistant to Motown founder Berry Gordy for his Gordy Co. in Los Angeles, and executive vice president of Jobete Music Co. Inc.
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