Two decades after he appeared and made a huge hit, it was only in the days that the royalties of the song “The Verve” by Bittersweet Symphony were clarified.
The number uses the string processing of the Rolling Stones song, The Last Time. Mick Jagger’s then manager, Allen Klein, sued Verve in 1997 and managed to make Bittersweet Symphony’s songwriter Jagger and Keith Richards on paper, and to ride 100 percent of the royalties. When the song was nominated for Grammy, they missed Verve’s frontman Richard Ashcroft from the list.
Vulture notes that David Whitaker, who made the string transcript that was the basis for the number, was completely out of the case.
According to Verve’s current press release, the rights have been returned to Ashcrofth, who confirms in the communication that Jagger and Richards have mercifully handed him the songwriter’s rights and have been involved in not being a songwriter.