On Marla Glen’s recently released album is a cover version of I Pity the Fool and there are (seemingly) writing credits for Bobby Bland printed on the back. Of course Bobby Bland didn’t write the song but was its first performer. But this may have been done by purpose.
All songs written and composed by Marla Glen
except “I Pity the Fool” by Bobby Bland
The song is officially written by Deadric Malone, but actually he hasn’t written it too. In fact Don Robey aka Deadric Malone was a publisher who bought the rights on songs and published them under his name or pseudonym. The real writer was Joe Medwick who sold all the rights on his work to this man.
Should the credits be changed? Shouldn’t there be at least co-writing credits for the real writer?
It’s again a bit legal stuff vs artistry.