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Throughout the late 1950s and early 1960s, the Everly Brothers had a string of hits: “Bye Bye Love,” “Wake Up Little Susie,” “All I Have to Do Is Dream” and many more. Don and Phil Everly’s flawless harmonies regrettably ended in acrimony. In Everly v. Everly, 958 F.3d 442 (6th Cir. 2020), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit issued a decision in a dispute between Phil’s heirs and Don over copyright ownership of the No. 1 hit “Cathy’s Clown.”
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