Turtles lead singer Howard Kaylan was not altogether happy, tweeting: “We never approved this use. Now we call the lawyers.”
But bandmate Mark Volman told the Los Angeles Times: “They can’t use the Turtles’ record on TV without paying for it, so if they did, they will certainly hear about it. But what I’ve been told is that it was the house band playing the song, which we can’t control, because we only own the Turtles’ version of the song.”
Billboard noted it wasn’t the first time Republicans used songs without creators’ OK.
“R.E.M. … told Donald Trump and Mike Huckabee to stop using their music last September. And in June of 2015, Neil Young told NPR he was mad that Trump had used ‘Rockin’ in the Free World’ to announce his presidential campaign,” Billboard said. “Trump also angered the Shangri-Las for using ‘Leader of the Pack’ during his campaign rallies.”
Republican convention kicks off, and the first song they play is “So Happy Together.”
— Sahil Kapur (@sahilkapur) July 18, 2016
— Patrick OBrien (@obrienmedia) July 19, 2016
So in one night, @realDonaldTrump campaign stole from:
And put underwear model in prime & female Senator last.
— stuart stevens (@stuartpstevens) July 19, 2016