PHOTOS: 2018 ASCAP Pop Music Awards at Beverly Hilton Hotel

PHOTOS: Brown, Scott & Oskar honored at the 2018 ASCAP Pop Music Awards at Beverly Hilton Hotel

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(Excerpt from ASCAP.com)

Strip That Down
(Liam Payne Feat. Quavo)

Writers:
Charles Miller
Harold Ray Brown
Howard E. Scott
Lee Oskar
Lonnie Jordan
Quavo Huncho
Rickardo “Rikrok” Ducent
Steve Mac (PRS)
Sting International
Thomas Sylvester Allen

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Book Review – Slippin’ Out of Darkness: The Story of *** (2017)

Book Review – Slippin’ Out of Darkness: The Story of *** (2017)

(Excerpts from FunknStuff)

For some time I had been well aware of the long-running legal entanglement and feud that had fractured the great 1970s funk-R&B-jazz band ***, but I really gained a firsthand taste of its ugliness and silliness when I interviewed founding members Howard Scott (vocals, guitar), Lee Oskar (harmonica) and Harold Brown (drums) on the TRUTH IN RHYTHM show this past summer. The musicians and the interview were fantastic, but in the aftermath, I learned that even as a neutral third party it was legally inadvisable to associate them with the *** name.

I was implored to and complied with instead referring to them as being part of their present entity the Lowrider Band. Such is the bitter split that for the vast majority of the past 30+ years has kept the *** organization ongoing with just one original member (keyboardist-singer Lonnie Jordan) in tow while the other surviving players have been locked out due to court rulings in favor of the group’s founding producer and collaborator Jerry Goldstein.

That is a crying shame for a multitude of reasons. It has damaged the band’s legacy in terms of potential Rock and Roll Hall of Fame recognition, having a unified visibility and availability to media, and record catalog treatment. Then there’s also the lost potential earnings and anguish experienced by the band members and their families. Last but not least, it has also given short shrift to fans yearning to see the genuine article on stage and enjoy new music before Father Time makes that impossible.

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Concertgoers, beware: Classic rock bands play ‘musical chairs’ with heyday lineups

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Concertgoers, beware: Classic rock bands play 'musical chairs' with heyday lineups

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Truth in advertising

The Truth in Music Advertising act was first signed into law in 2005 in Pennsylvania. Thirty-four states followed suit, including Minnesota in 2008. It is unlawful to advertise or promote a live musical performance with false or misleading associations between the performing group and the established recording band. Moreover, at least one member of the original group must be involved and have a legal right to use the band’s name.

Are fans aware of this law? Do they care?

J.J. Williams, 32, of White Bear Lake, was astonished to learn that a single band member could legally hold the rights to a band’s moniker.

“If I bought a ticket to a concert and found out only one original guy was onstage, I’d be mad, getting ripped off like that,” he said. “I follow Metallica, so I know they’re not the original lineup, but I can’t keep up with every band out there who’s coming unglued.”

A band’s name is the bedrock of the brand’s fame. This is why Roger Waters sued fellow bandmates David Gilmour and Nick Mason over the use of the commercially successful name Pink Floyd. The same goes for the Beach Boys, Boston, Steppenwolf, Deep Purple, Sister Sledge and other litigated monikers.

Minneapolis attorney Michael R. Cohen is an expert in intellectual property, especially when it comes to band names.

“The point of trademark laws is to prevent confusion in the marketplace,” he said. “You have to ask yourself: Is this truth in advertising or a deceptive trade practice — saying one thing and offering something different?”

Cohen is a cousin of Lee Oskar, the original harmonica player for the band ***. After prolonged litigation, Oskar and three other original members of *** lost ownership of the band’s name to their manager. The four original members have since regrouped and renamed themselves the Lowrider Band, after their 1975 hit song.

Because of a 1991 court decision, Cohen explained, these original members are no longer able to use *** to promote their performances. “As a result, it is virtually impossible for them to reach out to their old fan base,” he said.

To read the article uncensored, click here…

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Off Beat Magazine: Harold Brown

Off Beat Magazine: Harold Brown
Off Beat Magazine: Harold Brown

Back Talk: Harold Brown

by: GERALDINE WYCKOFF

It’s been a long time since the very funky Lowrider Band, which takes the stage at the Mid-City Bayou Boogaloo at 7:45 pm on Saturday, May 22, performed in New Orleans. The last occasion was a 2009 benefit concert held at the Howlin’ Wolf for the Save Charity Hospital organization, which included Dr. John. “I was flabbergasted that they weren’t going to open the building,” drummer Harold Brown, who at one time was treated at Big Charity but wasn’t born there remembered. “The hospital was built on the concept of helping the poor and sick.” Prior to that, in 2005, the group funked up the former Ray’s Boom Boom Room, then housed at the present-day Maison on Frenchmen Street. Read More…

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Is that the Same Band I Knew and Loved?

Howard Scoot, Lee Oskar, Harold Brown & Snoop Dogg

Is that the Same Band I Knew and Loved?

The film Straight Outta Compton opens with a screen shot of Galaxy, a vinyl album by the ‘70s funk band ***. Thus is the stage set for this story of the new generation of hip hop and gangsta rap artists and the success of N.W.A. as chronicled in this hard-hitting successful film.

Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, and Snoop Dogg were just learning to walk the streets of Compton when the music of a band also formed in southern California and popular in Compton, whose members included Howard Scott, BB Dickerson, Harold Brown, Lonnie Jordan, Charles Miller, Papa Dee Allen, and Lee Oskar—saturated popular radio playlists with hits like “Low Rider,” “Slipping Into Darkness,” “Cisco Kid,” “Spill the Wine,” “The World is a Ghetto,” “All Day Music,“ and “Why Can’t We Be Friends?” These classic hits served as an early influence for the seminal rhymers and rappers who would become known as N.W.A. Read more…

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Lowrider Band Drummer Harold Brown: “Houston Has a Special Soul”

Lowrider Band Drummer Harold Brown: "Houston Has a Special Soul"

(Excerpt from Houston Press)

Last summer, the Miller Outdoor Theatre presented a multi-racial ’70s band who performed such recognizable FM radio classics as “Spill the Wine,” “Why Can’t We Be Friends?” “The Cisco Kid,” “All Day Music,” and — of course — “Low Rider.”

This summer, Miller presents another multi-racial ’70s band who will perform all those same hits. But with a different name, though this group has four times as many members who actually played on those records.

Confused? Welcome to the 2014 strange saga of two groups: *** and the Lowrider Band.

“You can take away our name, but you can’t take away our music!” says Lowrider drummer Harold Brown, who was…also the drummer for ***, invoking the title of one of their earliest songs.

In a nutshell, after they split with English singer and ex-Animal Eric Burdon, *** went on to a hugely successful career of their own.

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