Dr Feelgood Members Missed Out On Wilko Cash

(Classic Rock) Former Dr Feelgood guitarist Wilko Johnson was about to sign a deal giving his bandmates a share of his songwriting royalties when they fell out and split up.

It's one of many anecdotes that appear in his just-published book Looking Back At Me, which started as a collection of photos but has become much more as the musician who's enjoying a new lease of life as Ilyn Payne in the TV series Game of Thrones shared his memories with co-author Zoe Howe.

Johnson says: "I had got quite rich because of songwriting. Before we'd done the last album I had gone to the publishers at United Artists and said to them, 'I've made a fair bit of bread from these songs, and I'd never have written them if it hadn't been for the others, and I think they should share it. Can you write up some kind of contract where we share out the publishing money for this album?'

"They were a bit taken aback but it just seemed reasonable to me. Fortunately, we hadn't sorted that out by the time we broke up, so they never got their share."

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