Friday, July 5, 2013

The Nigerian that wrote a hit song for The Beatles

Many years ago,a Nigerian artiste laid a complaint to an editor of sun that he wrote the song, " goes on" for the Beatles but he was ripped off, meaning he was never given any credit for the song.
When we googled some few archives, the name Jimmy Scott-Emuakpor came up, he was a friend or an acquaintance of Paul McCartney who is credited to have given the phrase "ob-la-di, goes on" to the Beatles, In one interview, Paul McCartney confessed: "A fella who used to hang around the clubs used to say in Jamaican accent "ob-la-di, ob-la-da, life goes on". McCartney admitted picking the phrase from him and turning it around into an internal song. The tag line "ob-la-di, ob-la-da, life goes on, bra" was an expression used by Nigerian whom is a conga player. He later tried to claim a writer's credit for the use of his catch phrase in the song; McCartney claimed that the phrase was "just an  expression". Scott argued it was not a general expression, but merely an expression that was exclusively used in the Scott-Emuakpor family. Scott agreed to drop the case when McCartney agreed to pay Scott's legal expenses for an unrelated issue.



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