Friday, April 10, 2009

(Part 32) Looking Back Abd Moving Forward


So there I was. After 3 records, with 3 different labels, in 2 different countries, I hadn't made 10 cents. The only one of the records that had really done well was "I'm So Lonely" which I wrote, arranged, sang and produced. Somehow at 19 years old and turning 20 I was to be blamed for each and every failure of Tony Alamo, Andrew Loog Oldham, and Brit Records not to mention Lee Karsian and his rich British friends who'd walked out when their failure at securing a follow up with Oldham put a damper on their ambitions.

Without representation of any kind I had secured a new deal with Brit to try and salvage the whole thing. It had failed for various reasons, but still I was the one with the finger pointed directly at me. In a foreign country without so much as lunch money I was somewhat concerned with my tenuous circumstance as I surveyed the closing chapter of my English experience, as well as my overall career to date. Whatever the final outcome was to be, I felt and still do, that I deserved more credit for persevering than I have ever received. What I learned was it's easy to blame the artist for failures rather than admit to any yourself if in fact management, producers, and record labels were responsible for many of those failures. Be that as it may I was headed back to the USA with only a tarnished reputation to show for the prior nearly year and a half of the Bobby Jameson story.

I would ask that the reader to be somewhat patient with me as I am experiencing dreadful headaches and find it somewhat difficult to remember and write clearly my experiences. I have tried to highlight specific parts while acknowledging that many details have been omitted from these writing though nothing of a pertinent nature has been left out. Admittedly I could have done many things better looking back, but I and the reader have to keep in mind that I was only 19 years old and completely inexperienced. I had no lawyer, no manager, and obviously no friends. I did the best that I could at the time of these events.

Here are the facts. Bobby Jameson and Tony Alamo. No contract of any kind that includes publishing. I never signed away the rights to any songs to Tony Alamo or anyone else who may be claiming to own my songs or any one of the songs that I recorded while with Alamo. That would include Kim Fowley Music.

Bobby Jameson and Andrew Loog Oldham no contract. I have never been paid one penny for the record I made with Andrew Oldham. "All I want Is My Baby/Each And Every Day." It has been released numerous times as a single and as an addition to numerous albums in 44 years, I have received nothing as the artist.

Bobby Jameson and Brit Records. Probably some sort of an agreement made with a 19 year old kid, on foreign soil, with no representation at the time of the signing. Questionable at best. Somehow Kim Fowley Music again claims ownership of the song "Rum Pum Mum Num". As I relive these facts from my past while attempting to clearly detail those events here I am forced to examine how it is that not one penny in royalties, due me, is of any importance to those who shared in the responsibility in the causation of the events. I have never made a penny from any of these recordings or songs.

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