Conway’s Children Sue for Royalties

The children of the late Conway Twitty have sued Sony/ATV for a share of royalties and publishing copyrights for Conway’s music, reports Nashville’s daily newspaper The Tennessean.

The lawsuit filed in chancery court claims that the children didn’t understand the agreement when Conway sold his music publishing and sound recording interests to Sony-Tree in March 1990, three years before he died. But Conway’s widow, Dee Jenkins, disagreed with her stepchildren. They fought a 14-year legal battle over his estate after his death, which the children eventually lost. Jenkins has stated said that the family knew what they signed 18 years ago and that their lawsuit has dishonored their father’s memory. Conway’s daughter, Joni Jenkins Riels, said that nothing was explained and that they didn't know what rights they were giving up. “Dad had a long relationship with Sony. We tried to work with them, but it didn't work out. So, we had to file the lawsuit,” Riels said. The children could get more than $100,000 a year from the recordings if they were to get the copyrights back, says Rose Palermo, a lawyer for Conway’s estate.

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