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Widow Sues Record Co. Over Royalties

May 23, 2001

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PATERSON, N.J. (AP) _ A blues star’s widow is suing her husband’s record label and an artists rights group in a longstanding dispute over royalties.

Rosemary Prater, whose husband Dave was one-half of the 1960s duo of Sam and Dave, filed the lawsuit Monday in state Superior Court in Paterson. It 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 goes after record labels for royalties in exchange for a percentage of the money recovered.

The agency received 50 percent 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 hits in the 1960s, including ``Soul Man″ and ``Hold On, I’m Coming.″ They continued to perform for many years before breaking up in the early 1980s.

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