Sunday, 24 February 2013

Northern Songs was founded 50 years ago

Today, 50 years ago, Northern Songs was founded, the company that would go on to publish songs written by John Lennon  and Paul McCartney (and later also those by George Harrison and Ringo Starr). The first song they published was From Me To You.

The directors of the company were music publisher Dick James, manager Brian Epstein and John & Paul, and the contract was signed on 24 February 1963.

After Brian Epstein's death the company was sold to ATV. Northern Songs later ended up in Michael Jackson's portfolio, and later in Sony's hands, but in 2006 Paul McCartney's MPL Communications finally acquired the vast catalogue.

Northern Songs was critically mentioned in George Harrison's song "It's Only a Northern Song".

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