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COLUMN SEVENTY-EIGHT, NOVEMBER 1, 2002
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FAMOUS AGAIN!

Subject: FW: Nedra famous again!...and back in court.
Date: Wed, 4 Sep 2002 15:49:14 -0400
From: Scott Ross Scott.Ross@cbn.org
To: info@blacklistedjournalist.com

...And after all isn't that why I married her 35 years ago? !  For fame not court.

Anyhow folks, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame stamp unveiling in Cleveland last week was a real nostalgia trip for Nedra. She was also given opportunity to speak on a number of occasions.. The quote from the London Times comes to mind: "God and rock and roll work together in the hands of someone who loves them both."

Other news...The interminable Ronette case is back in the New York State Court of Appeals tomorrow. This is the highest court in New York State, compiled of seven judges. This case has been dragging on for nigh on 14 years. We have won all previous cases and now this is the latest appeal by Phil Spector's lawyers. Spector is Nedra's former record producer who has denied the Ronettes all their royalties since the early 1970's .

This is a precedent setting case that will hopefully remedy the injustices that other musical artists have suffered for many years. The attorney's representing singers, Don Henley (The Eagles) and Sheryl Crowe have filed a "friends of the court amicus brief" in conjunction with our case.

The case will be heard tomorrow afternoon September 5/2002. We may not get the outcome of the ruling for a number of weeks. We will let you know.

What we need is prayer, for justice to be served, lies revealed, and that Nedra's (natural) inheritance is not denied her.

Thank you all.

Scott

ATTACHMENT FROM: Cleveland Plain Dealer:

They weren't dancing in the street, but they were dancing at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame yesterday when members of 12 legendary "girl" groups hit the stage for the unveiling of foreign-issue postage stamps that honor their contributions to music.

The Supremes, Mary Wilson was there alongside Martha and the Vandellas, whose "Dancing in the Street" was a chart-topper in 1964.  Thev joined a multitude of "baby be mine" crooners who evoked '60s memories Of sprayed bouffants, frosty-blush eve shadow and Pink lipstick.

Unfortunately for American fans of these songstresses, "The Legendary Girl Groups Stamp Collection" won't be available at U.S. Post offices. They will be sold On Wilson's Web site, www.marywilson.com . Wilson said she plans to donate proceeds from the stamp sales on her site to a foundation set up after former Supreme Florence Ballard took her own life after falling into Poverty. The stamps are issued by Ghana and Liberia in Africa, and the Caribbean islands of Nevis and St. Vincent.  Celebrity postage stamps are money makers for many small and developing countries, which often have stamp committees that look Out for celebrities and interesting images they feel will go over well in their countries.

But without the experience to produce and sell stamps, these countries rely on agencies such as the Inter-Governmental Philatelic Corp. in New York.  This group and others like it assist in designing and distributing the stamps.  The countries buy the stamps wholesale and then sell them at a profit.

"Probably what happened is that someone on the Ghana stamp committee was familiar with this music," said Sam Malamud, vice president of operations at Inter-Governmental.  "The idea got floated and it took off from there.

Nedra Talley-Ross of the Ronettes said the renewed attention caught her off guard.

"When we were 15 and 16 years old and just getting started, we didn't know we were creating music that would affect the world," said Talley-Ross. 'this is so unexpected."

In addition to the Ronettes, other groups present were the Shirelles, the Angels, the Chantels, the Cookies, the Dixie Cups, Patti LaBelle & The Bluebelles, the Marvelettes and the Velvelettes---all looking as glamorous as ever in fur collars and slinky frocks.

But the crowd of about 350 people who jammed the rock hall lobby were more interested in hearing the music.

Linda Shaw, her husband and a friend, all from Brisbane, Australia, were on a cross-country trip of the United States and the rock hall was high on their travel agenda.  They couldn't believe their luck at seeing the singing legends all together.

"I've got a lot of their music on 45s at home," Shaw said.  "American music from the '50s and "60s is very big in Australia. This is unbelievable."  ##

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