Tom Petty Added To Writing Credits of Sam Smith’s “Stay With Me”
Earlier this week it was in the news that American rock legend, Tom Petty had his lawyers settled out of court in October against Sam Smith for similarities to Petty's music in the Smith song, "Stay With Me." Petty's hit song, "I Won't Back Down" came out in 1989 and his lawyers claim that there are similarities between the choruses. Also added to the writing credits to "Stay With Me" is Jeff Lynne, who co wrote the song with Petty. You may know Jeff Lynne from his days with the Electric Light Orchestra (ELO).
Both men will no receive royalties payments from the 2014 smash hit. This isn't the first time that Petty has been involved with a lawsuit regarding similarity in song. The Red Hot Chili Peppers have felt the wrath of the Petty lawyers over their song, "Dani California" insisting that it ripped off Petty's "Last Dance With Mary Jane." I bet you're thinking, "Wow Tom Petty is kind of a jerk for attacking all these people" Wait a minute now. The dude has nothing but praise for Smith, according to Billboard. Petty called it "a musical accident." So, what do you think?
Sound like this: