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In 1982, jazz organist Jimmy Smith released an album on Elektra/Asylum called Off The Top. The last track on the album was a spoken-word recording titled “Jimmy Smith Rap” (JSR). One of the lyrics proclaimed: “Jazz is the only real music that’s gonna last. All that other bullshit is here today and gone tomorrow. But jazz was, is and always will be.” The album label did not list a composer for JSR, nor was the composition copyright registered with the U.S. Copyright Office or a performing rights organization prior to the album’s release. Jimmy Smith died in 2005.
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