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    Fri, 30 Jan 2015 12:00:13

    Tom Petty Comments on Sam Smith's "Stay With Me" Co-Writing Credits - It's no big deal… really!

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    Sam Smith agreed to give Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne co-writing credits on his breakthrough smash ballad "Stay With Me," due to its melodic similarities to the 1989 Petty hit "I Won't Back Down," which P&L co-wrote.

    In a statement, Petty said that a lawsuit and further drama were never, ever on his mind. It was all dealt with in a gentlemanly manner.

    He said, "About the Sam Smith thing... Let me say I have never had any hard feelings toward Sam. All my years of songwriting have shown me these things can happen. Most times you catch it before it gets out the studio door but in this case it got by. Sam's people were very understanding of our predicament and we easily came to an agreement. The word lawsuit was never even said and was never my intention. And no more was to be said about it. How it got out to the press is beyond Sam or myself. Sam did the right thing and I have thought no more about this. A musical accident, no more no less. In these times we live in, this is hardly news. I wish Sam all the best for his ongoing career. Peace and love to all."

    And that's that! It was not some big legal to-do.

    Do you love "Stay With Me?"

    —Amy Sciarretto
    01.30.15



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