[Dixielandjazz] Stolen tunes

Jim O'Briant jobriant at garlic.com
Sat Dec 3 09:28:33 PST 2005

Mike wrote:

> I wasn't aware Ory stole tunes. Can you 
> explain this a little further?

There was recently a discussion here about an alleged tune plagiarism
involving Kid Ory -- though in this case he was said to be the victim rather
than the plagiarist.  The original tune was Muskrat Ramble; the song based
on it was one whose name I forget, but it was a 1960's anti-war song by, I
think, Country Joe and the Fish.  ("For it's one, two, three, what are we
fightin' for.....)

The copyright infringement lawsuit was decided in favor of Joe McDonald.  I
think that the plagiarism was obvious and that this was a miscarriage of

Jim O'Briant
Gilroy, CA

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