Creator of the Amen Break finally gets his royalties
Creator of the Amen Break finally gets his royalties and it’s about time too. We reported on this story a few weeks ago, telling you about the GoFundMe initiative to give one of the last living originators of the Amen break his dues.
If you still need to cleared up on just who this is, here you go:
The Winstons, who recorded “Amen, Brother,” which contained perhaps the most crucial break of all time, replicated and consistently used in electronic dance music for years. They have never received royalties for their gold selling 1969 single or the subsequent use of it. The group’s impact has been far greater than their sales, even though they sold over a million records. The result is that in this time The Winstons were just another victim of the recording industry.
Their story has taken a more satisfying turn with Martyn Webster who has raised more than $ 31 000 with the GoFundMe page for the last remaining member of the band, Richard L. Spencer. The money will be handed directly to Richard, and it’s a small yet significant recompense for the way in which their rights have been considerably shrugged off and ignored.
Richard L. Spencer vented about his frustration about creating the widely sampled break in a 2011 BBC Radio 1Xtra program, on hearing this Martyn Webster was motivated to start his campaign.
Richard left the music business shortly after winning a Grammy in 1969 and went on to receive a PhD at Howard University. Another example of how a fancy award totals, just that, a fancy award. He is reportedly a licensed Baptist Minister, novelist and high school teacher in Montgomery County, Maryland.
Unfortunately, The Winstons’ drummer, Gregory Coleman died back in 2006. Martyn Webster is currently trying to contact his children, so that they may receive compensation too.
It’s not quite over yet, you too can help the creator of the Amen Break finally get his royalties.