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John Lennon’s Lawyer Jay Bergen on TeaFlix Tuesday

John Lennon’s Lawyer Jay Bergen on TeaFlix Tuesday

John Lennon’s Lawyer Jay Bergen on TeaFlix Tuesday
April 30
15:15 2024
John Lennon’s Lawyer Jay Bergen on TeaFlix Tuesday
The McCartney Ladies welcome Jay Bergen on TeaFlix Tuesday.
In case you missed the show, here’s the Youtube replay:
For 40 years, wherever he moved, from the New York metropolitan area to his current home in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, Jay Bergen FCRH ’59, LAW ’62, took six heavy banker’s boxes with him, transferring them from one garage or attic to another, where they continued to gather dust. “I always kept them with me, but I didn’t open them until five years ago,” said Bergen.
When he did, he couldn’t help but sit down on one of those boxes and lose himself in the reams of depositions and the trial and appeal records of a case he considers the highlight of his wide-ranging legal career: the two-year lawsuit he handled for John Lennon in 1975 and 1976 against Mafia-connected record company executive Morris Levy.
“When I read the transcripts from John Lennon’s testimony about how he and the Beatles became the Beatles, how they took control of the process of making an album, how they produced the covers, I realized that this was a good story—one that, surprisingly, had never really been told,” said Bergen. “And I know all the details.”
It all began when Roulette Records’ Morris Levy released Roots: John Lennon Sings the Great Rock ’n’ Roll Hits, an early, unfinished version of an album of John Lennon singing rock ’n’ roll oldies, complete with a blurred image of Lennon on the cover and schlocky ads on the back.
Levy, said Bergen, was known for frivolous lawsuits and getting big-name music clients to settle—and John Lennon was now in his sights.


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Martin Nethercutt

Martin Nethercutt

Martin A Nethercutt is a writer, singer, producer and loves music. Creative Director at McCartney Studios Editor-in-Chief at McCartney Times Creator-in-Chief at Geist Musik President (title) at McCartney Multimedia, Inc. Went to Albert-Schweitzer-Schule Kassel Lives in Playa del Rey From Kassel, Germany Married to Ruth McCartney

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