On this day in 1998, the Supreme Court refused to throw out a suit charging that composer Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber plagiarized another artist’s work for his famous “Phantom Song” from Phantom of the Opera. The case stemmed from a 1990 suit filed by U.S. liturgical composer Ray Repp that claims Webber’s song copies Repp’s 1978 composition “Till You.”
Unfairly, the court would end up ruling in Webber’s favour.
Since this lawsuit, many more of Webber’s songs have been carefully dissected and what was found was quite ear opening!
You can listen here for yourself: https:/www.youtube.com/watch?v=wW5wwi4ahLc
Personally, I’m a little pissed about the Pink Floyd rip-off. I mean, come on, that’s just straight-up stolen!