The Electric Light Orchestra will perform at this year’s televised Grammys ceremony in Los Angeles on Sunday Februry 8th.
Recently, ELO leader Jeff Lynne and his pal Tom Petty were awarded songwriting royalties for pop star Sam Smith’s derivative hit ‘Stay With Me’.
The Grammy-nominated song should remind you of Petty’s 1989 song from the Jeff Lynne produced album ‘Full Moon Fever’, that found Petty declaring ‘I Won’t Back Down’.
Once Petty’s lawyers pointed out the resemblance, Smith’s lawyers agreed to credit Petty and co-writer Lynne 12.5% of the songwriting credits.
‘Stay With Me’ has sold about four million copies worldwide and is up for Record Of The Year and Best Pop Performance at this year’s Grammy Awards.
On a related note, in 2014 Tom Petty reflected upon his time working with Jeff Lynne, Roy Orbison, Bob Dylan, and George Harrision in the band The Traveling Wilburys, as a ‘wonderful time in his life’.
Now, you can hear just how similar the Sam Smith hit is, to the Tom Petty original: