Firm retained by famed Hollywood-based record label to defend against attack on rights to recordings
January 29, 2011 -- PE&G was recently retained by GNP-Crescendo Records, a small independent record label established in the mid-1950's by nightclub owner and broadcast media personality Gene Norman, to defend it against a lawsuit brought by the widow of Sky Saxon, the leader of the 1960's band THE SEEDS. Gene Norman was a patron of the jazz scene for many years; he featured all of the great acts of the day at his nightclub, the Crescendo on the Sunset Strip: Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Count Basie, Ella Fitzgerald, the Dave Brubeck Quartet, June Christy and the Stan Kenton Band, all of whom he counted as friends. During this entire time, Gene was producing jazz albums, both in his club and in the studio, later starting his record label (and becoming one of the first trustees of the Recording Industry Association of America), and later still discovering, recording and promoting Saxon and THE SEEDS. By her lawsuit, Saxon's widow (acting as administrator of his estate) seeks to terminate a 40-year relationship between the label and the band. The firm has filed motions to dismiss the lawsuit; those motions are currently pending in the Los Angeles County Superior Court.