Odds and ends

In 1964, with their cover of "House of the Rising Sun," the Animals become the first British group to top the American charts with a song not written by Lennon and McCartney.

In 1977, Three people are arrested in Memphis after trying to steal Elvis' body. As a result, his body is moved to Graceland.

In 2002, the longstanding battle between the sixties girl group The Ronettes and rock'n'roll impresario Phil Spector was on the docket this week of New York State Court of Appeals in Albany. The Ronettes, led by Phil Spector's then-wife Ronnie Spector, recorded 28 songs for Spector from 1963 to 1967. Under a 1963 contract, they received a one-time payment of $14,482. Group members contend that the contract didn't cover the royalties for Ronettes songs used in movies, TV shows, and advertising. The Ronettes' big hit, "Be My Baby" was featured in the movie "Dirty Dancing". In November 2001, a lower state court said the Ronettes were entitled to nearly $3 million. Spector's lawyers counter that the 1963 contract gives him ownership of all the group's recordings. The court battle between Spector and the Ronettes started in 1988.


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