Bluebells court case press
Session musician wins credit
A musician has won his fight to be recognised as the
co-composer of the Bluebells hit song Young at Heart.
The Court of Appeal upheld a ruling that Bobby Valentino
should be credited for his part in creating the song.
Valentino was a session musician with the Bluebells
in the 1980s when Young at Heart was created and came
up with the track's memorable violin riff.
But the band's Robert Hodgens took the credit for composing
the song, which became a number one when it was re-released
Valentino's successful court action means he can now
pursue half the royalties from Young at Heart.
Hodgkins had argued that Valentino was too late in
making a claim but this was rejected by the court.
His defence that he never intended to create a joint
copyright work was also dismissed as irrelevant.
Solicitor David Gore of media firm Davenport Lyons
said: "Bobby's case is a victory for session musicians,
whose creative contribution to the songs they perform
is rarely recognised.
"It remains to be seen if this will lead to a
flood of similar actions as session musicians may fear
being blacklisted by the industry if they make a claim.
"It seems certain however that bands, record companies
and music publishers will be keen to ensure that the
terms on which session musicians are retained are tightened
Valentino previously played in a band called the Fab
Poos and has worked with Tom Petty, Billy Bragg and
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