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Elton John is sued over lyrics to 'Nikita'

Publié par Clifford Armion le 30/04/2012

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More than a quarter century after Elton John's "Nikita" told the tale of a star-crossed Cold War romance, a South African is alleging in a federal lawsuit filed in Chicago that the legendary singer and his collaborator stole the lyrics.

Guy Hobbs, described in the suit as an award-winning freelance photojournalist, said he wrote the lyrics to "Natasha" while he worked on a Russian cruise ship in 1982 and became romantically involved with a Russian waitress during the height of the Cold War.

According to the lawsuit, Hobbs registered his copyright of "Natasha," sought without success to find a music composer and in 1984 forwarded the lyrics to several music publishers, including Big Pig Music Ltd. Hobbs said he was unaware of Big Pig's ties to Elton John at the time.
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"Elton John is sued over lyrics to 'Nikita'", La Clé des Langues [en ligne], Lyon, ENS de LYON/DGESCO (ISSN 2107-7029), avril 2012. Consulté le 16/04/2024. URL: https://cle.ens-lyon.fr/anglais/archives/archives-revue-de-presse/elton-john-is-sued-over-lyrics-to-nikita-