LORETTA LYNN SUES TO GET SONGS BACK
Last week Loretta Lynn filed suit in a Nashville court to regain control of more than 100 of her now-classic songs, including "Coal Miner's Daughter," "You're Lookin' At Country" and "You Ain't Woman Enough." The Tennessean reported that Loretta filed suit against a publishing company called Sure-Fire Music, citing a contract she signed in 1966 with the founding partners, the Wilburn Brothers. The agreement allowed her to reclaim her songs if the company reverted to other owners, and since both of the brothers have died, Loretta claims Sure-Fire no longer has rights to the songs. Loretta met Doyle and Teddy Wilburn when they were Grand Ole Opry members, and she signed a management and publishing company with them using the same attorney that represented them. In the early-'70s, she was unable to get out of the deal so she stopped writing songs, and for many years, relied on other songwriters for new material.