Gilbert O’Sullivan wins royalties in 1982

Gosh – here’s a forgotten pop star.  Piano tinkling Gilbert O’Sullivan notched up record sales that would make a modern day X Factor R&B crooner weep.  Five hit singles and seven LPs that grossed £14.5m in 70s money (do the inflation adjusted calculation bit yourself) but the singer only took home half a million out of that.  So off to court he went.

After suing his manager, O’Sullivan took control of the copyright of his songs and gained ownership of the master tapes of his records.  This was in May, 1982 and while it was good news for his bank balance, he’d already seen his best days in the UK.


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