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ABKCO / Legs Music Publishing

ABKCO / Legs Music Publishing ABKCO and Legs Music Inc. is home to iconic music catalogs and their global companies actively pursue worldwide licensing opportunities. is home to iconic music catalogs that include compositions by Sam Cooke, The Rolling Stones, Bobby Womack, Eric Burdon, Marianne Faithfull, Ray Davies, the works of Norman Luboff (Yellowbird) as well as the current songwriters Ben Margulies (co-writer of Mariah Carey) and Devvon T McLeod (pka Devvon Terrell).

Their global companies actively pursue cover placements and licensing opportunities for their catalogue worldwide. ABKCO and Legs focus on innovative licensing methods and have become leaders of independent music companies in virtually all licensing media. ABKCO and Legs compositions have been licensed in award winning video games and are featured in almost every network television series and major motion pictures.

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Abkco takes the GMS state of music in media conference Guild of Music Supervisors East
10/01/2022

Abkco takes the GMS state of music in media conference Guild of Music Supervisors East

Photos from Futuristic's post
10/01/2022

Photos from Futuristic's post

Check out the new Airbnb commercial, featuring Dee Dee Sharp’s 1962 #1 hit single “Mashed Potato Time.”
09/21/2022
Mashed Potato Time | OMG!

Check out the new Airbnb commercial, featuring Dee Dee Sharp’s 1962 #1 hit single “Mashed Potato Time.”

Keewah and her daughter left the big city of Chicago for a stay in the big country, in a big potato to be exact. And in Idaho, where potatoes are famous, it ...

03/22/2022

The Wilson Pickett Music and Arts Festival is back! Join us in person or online on Saturday, April 2, 2022! Get more info at wilsonpickettfestival.com or wilsonpickett.com and enjoy music, art, vendors, and live entertainment!

03/22/2022

Students and all in the arts! Join us on Sunday, 3/27/2022 for a conversation with the iconic Jasmine Guy as she brings insight on arts and leadership. Recognizing her outstanding career as a television, screen, and stage actress, writer, director, and more, this is an hour you want to be a part of. Register at Eventbrite for this virtual event. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/artist-hour-a-conversation-with-jasmine-guy-a-virtual-event-registration-300281328537?utm-campaign=social&utm-content=attendeeshare&utm-medium=discovery&utm-term=listing&utm-source=cp&aff=escb

Celebration of the Life of Morty Craft
02/02/2022
Celebration of the Life of Morty Craft

Celebration of the Life of Morty Craft

Morton Craft 8/19/1920 – 1/27/2022 His ABKCO family mourns the passing of Morton “Morty” Craft at 101 years old and celebrates his creative achievements. Label owner, arranger, producer and songwriter, Morton Craft held posts with MGM, Mercury and ABC-Paramount Records before forming his own W...

Tonality and Alexander Lloyd Blake’s cover of Sam Cooke’s “A Change Is Gonna Come” has been nominated for the  award for...
11/23/2021
A Change Is Gonna Come

Tonality and Alexander Lloyd Blake’s cover of Sam Cooke’s “A Change Is Gonna Come” has been nominated for the award for Best Arrangement, Instruments and Vocals. Congratulations to singer and arranger Tehillah Alphonso!

Composed by Sam CookeArranged by Tehillah AlphonsoConducted by Alexander Lloyd BlakeMixed & Mastered by Jett GalindoVideo by Pietro Torrisi

Congrats to our writer/producers Tyler Rohn and Dave Cappa. #1
11/09/2021

Congrats to our writer/producers Tyler Rohn and Dave Cappa. #1

Congratulations to our writer/producer Darius Bryant and our writer Otha Davis III on their inclusion in Billboards curr...
10/01/2021

Congratulations to our writer/producer Darius Bryant and our writer Otha Davis III on their inclusion in Billboards current #1 Top Album sales!

Check out the featured song "Focus" which already has over 405K views on Youtube and over 1.7 million streams on Spotify.

09/10/2021
07/18/2021
Congrats to our writers for being #2 and #7  on new music Friday Tyler Ty Steez Rohn
07/17/2021

Congrats to our writers for being #2 and #7 on new music Friday Tyler Ty Steez Rohn

07/02/2021

For the Friday IMPELmusic member profile, we turn the spotlight on our esteemed member ABKCO LEGS Music.

Jody H Klein is owner and CEO of ABKCO LEGS Music, Inc., ABKCO Music, Inc. and ABKCO Music & Records, Inc, the seminal music publishing companies and record labels for an incredibly diverse catalogue including the compositions and corresponding master recordings by Sam Cooke, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, Ray and Dave Davies (The Kinks), Bobby Womack (“I Wish You Didn’t Trust Me So Much”) and Norman Luboff (“Yellow Bird”).

During his last several years as CEO of ABKCO it has become a major influence in the copyright discussion with Klein’s instigation of legal initiatives providing strong supporting evidence to the Copyright Office and DOJ on behalf of independent music publishers. He also produced the Oscar-nominated film One Night In Miami..., which features music by Sam Cooke, as well as the Golden Globe and Oscar-nominated original song “Speak Now” (written by Sam Ashworth and Leslie Odom Jr).

Prior to his appointment in 2006, Klein was Managing Director of ABKCO’s twelve worldwide wholly owned publishing subsidiaries. He was instrumental in the implementation of technological advances in re-mastering and re-introducing ABKCO’s corresponding master recordings to new generations of fans; these recordings in turn have lent a new lease of life to the marketability of the compositions. Under Klein’s leadership, ABKCO has become one of the largest revenue generating, family owned, privately held, independent music publishers and record companies in the world.

Jody Klein has been a board member of the NMPA since 2015 and in 2018 became a founding member and director of IMPEL Collective Management Ltd. He also serves on the Board of The Songwriters Hall Of Fame, and is a member of the Producers Guild of America.

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Remembering Wilson Pickett on what would have been his 80th birthday.
03/18/2021

Remembering Wilson Pickett on what would have been his 80th birthday.

01/09/2021

Congrats to our writer Tyler Ty Steez Rohn...

Oui!  Norman Luboff!
11/23/2020
Le Norman Luboff Choir

Oui! Norman Luboff!

Le Norman Luboff Choir : l'émission de radio replay sur France Musique. Retrouvez les podcasts et les programmes en réécoute gratuite.

Wishing a happy 100th birthday to recording industry pioneer Morty Craft! He established and/or ran numerous record comp...
08/19/2020
100th Birthday Of Music Industry Pioneer Morty Craft | ABKCO Music & Records, Inc.

Wishing a happy 100th birthday to recording industry pioneer Morty Craft! He established and/or ran numerous record companies over the years and released R&B, doo-wop, rock ‘n’ roll and rockabilly hits over the course of five decades.

Recording industry pioneer Morty Craft is celebrating is 100th birthday today. He established and/or ran numerous record companies over the years and released R&B, doo-wop, rock ‘n’ roll and rockabilly hits over the course of five decades. In the 1940 and 50s he worked for MGM, Mercury and ABC-P...

05/13/2020

WE’RE NUMBER 1 🔥🔥🔥

 sync team catch up at 5 with Futuristic getting the details on his new record Still On The Rise.
05/05/2020

sync team catch up at 5 with Futuristic getting the details on his new record Still On The Rise.

10/14/2019

congrats to our writer/producer Tyler Ty Steez Rohn and thanks to NE-YO on the release of “Just Ain’t Christmas”

Three tracks, all written or co-written by Devvon Terrell, featured on The Newness playlist on Spotify.
04/05/2019

Three tracks, all written or co-written by Devvon Terrell, featured on The Newness playlist on Spotify.

NMPA Chief David Israelite Shares Point-by-Point 'Fact Check' of Spotify's Royalty Rate Appeal Explanation
03/14/2019
NMPA Chief David Israelite Shares Point-by-Point 'Fact Check' of Spotify's Royalty Rate Appeal Explanation

NMPA Chief David Israelite Shares Point-by-Point 'Fact Check' of Spotify's Royalty Rate Appeal Explanation

The National Music Publishers Association is doubling down on its attack on Spotify's appeal of the Copyright Royalty Board's rate determinations, following the streaming services' blog post Monday explaining the reasons for action some have seen as an affront to songwriters.

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ABKCO and Legs Music Inc., are home to iconic music catalogs that include compositions by Sam Cooke, The Rolling Stones, Bobby Womack, The Animals, Eric Burdon, Marianne Faithfull, Dee Dee Sharp, and Ray Davies.and the works of Norman Luboff (Yellowbird), as well as the current songwriters Ben Margulies (co-writer of Mariah Carey) and Devvon T McLeod (p.k.a. Devvon Terrell).

As global companies, each actively pursues cover placements and licensing opportunities their catalog worldwide. ABKCO and Legs focus on innovative licensing methods and have become leaders among independent music companies in virtually all licensing media. ABKCO and Legs compositions have been licensed in award-winning video games, television series, and major motion picture films.

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Abkco takes the GMS state of music in media conference Guild of Music Supervisors East
Check out the new Airbnb commercial, featuring Dee Dee Sharp’s 1962 #1 hit single “Mashed Potato Time.”
Congrats Nina Lee on your new song “Changing Lanes” which premiered on MTV’s Siesta Key last night. Check it out now on Spotify!
Congratulations to our writers Tyler Rohn and Dave Cappa!
NMPA Announces Top Gold & Platinum Songwriters and Certifications for Fourth Quarter of 2021
Tonality and Alexander Lloyd Blake’s cover of Sam Cooke’s “A Change Is Gonna Come” has been nominated for the award for Best Arrangement, Instruments and Vocals. Congratulations to singer and arranger Tehillah Alphonso!
Congratulations to Bj THE CHICAGO KID, PJ Morton, Kenyon Dixon , and Charlie Bereal on their nomination for Best Traditional R&B Performance for their rendition of Sam Cooke’s “Bring It On Home To Me.”
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