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Friday, 1 February, 2002, 17:49 GMT
Musicians owed millions in royalties
Adam Ant is owed money for his single Goody Two Shoes
Adam Ant is owed money for Goody Two Shoes
Millions of pounds in unpaid music royalties is waiting to be claimed by musicians who have lost touch with the company that distributes payment.

Stars including Alanis Morisette, Shirley Bassey, Carlos Santana are on the list of 7,000 performers who can claim a share of the pot of several million pounds.

Glenn Hoddle
Glenn Hoddle had a 1987 hit with Diamond Lights
The money will be handed out by Phonographic Performance Limited (PPL), who collect money to pass onto the artists every time a song is played on radio or TV or in pubs, clubs or shops.

But there are also some more surprising inclusions on the list of people PPL have not been able to track down.

Adam Ant is owed money for his single Goody Two Shoes - but is currently being held at the Royal Free Hospital in London after being sectioned under the Mental Health Act.

Other performers on the list are no longer alive, including former Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious, Marlene Dietrich, harmonica player Larry Adler and former Big Country frontman Stuart Adamson.

Glenn Hoddle, whose Diamond Lights was a hit in 1987, is in football management at Tottenham Hotspur, while Frank Skinner, who is owed money for Three Lions 98, can be traced to a chat show on ITV1.

Andre Previn is among the others owed money
Andre Previn is among the others owed money
George Harrison's former wife Patti Boyd played a part in All You Need is Love, according to the list, while Julie Andrews is owed for A Spoonful of Sugar.

Film star Sophia Loren could have a windfall for Goodness Gracious Me.

Among the other stars who are owed payments are Alvin Stardust, Keith Allen for Vindaloo, Andre Previn, Andy Williams and Angelo Badalamenti - and that is just from the "A" section of the list.

The list is not confined to stars, but includes all musicians who played a part in recordings but who are not registered with PPL.

Most artists on the list will be in line for payments of between 25 and 300, PPL said, but some will have "substantial" sums waiting.

PPL is trying to bring its records up-to-date and clear back-payments after a change in the law in 1997 meant all artists were guaranteed a share of royalties.

Chasing

"A lot of the details we already had from the old system, but there was missing data," a spokeswoman told BBC News Online.

"In all of these cases, we will have sent them letters and been chasing them, and they may have moved or whatever.

"There has been work done to try to track them down, but it's got to the point where we want to get rid of this money."

In the cases where artists have died, PPL wants to track down their estates, she added.

Musicians have been urged to go to PPL's website to check whether they are due any payments.

See also:

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