The Verve Given 'Bitter Sweet Symphony' Songwriting Credit Back From The Rolling Stones

24 May 2019 | 11:25 am | Jessica Dale

"A kind and magnanimous gesture from Mick and Keith..."

22 years on from its release, The Verve's Richard Ashcroft has had the songwriting credit for Bitter Sweet Symphony returned to him from The Rolling Stones.

As reported by Rolling Stone, the 1997 mega-hit sampled an orchestral version of The Rolling Stones' 1965 track, The Last Time, and was subject to copyright ruling in the late '90s which entitled Mick Jagger and Keith Richards 100% of the song's royalties. 

Ashcroft has taken to Twitter to share a statement titled "Bitter Sweet Press Release", saying that in a "remarkable and life affirming turn of events", Jagger and Richards have agreed to give their share of the song back to him.

"It gives me great pleasure to announce as of last month Mick Jagger and Keith Richards agreed to give me their share of the song Bitter Sweet Symphony." 

"This remarkable and life affirming turn of events was made possible by a kind and magnanimous gesture from Mick and Keith, who have also agreed that they are happy for the writing credit to exclude their names and all royalties derived from the song will now pass to me." See the full post below.

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The Verve are not the only act to face a lawsuit from the legendary rock group, with British indie act Carter The Unstoppable Sex Machine picking up an injunction for their track After The Watershed (Early Learning The Hard Way) for its use of lyrics from The Rolling Stones' Ruby Tuesday in the early-90s.