A Neon woman has filed a lawsuit against Pike County country music singer Marlow Tackett, charging him with violating copyright laws when he recorded one of her songs without her permission.
However, the Tackett album on which the song is included, This Family of Mine, appears to have been released some 10 months before the date on which the woman, Kay Amburgey, claims to have written and copyrighted the song.
Amburgey, of P.O. Box 434, Neon, charges in her lawsuit filed in Letcher Circuit Court that Tackett, a Dorton native who now lives in Elizabethton, Tenn., recorded her song “Banks of the River” without her permission and included it on his gospel album This Family of Mine.
The lawsuit says Amburgey wrote and copyrighted the song on or about March 17, 2003. If that’s the actual date, it would appear Amburgey will have a problem proving Tackett stole the song from her since available records show that This Family of Mine was released by Tackett on May 13, 2002.
Tackett, who is known for his Christmas charity giveaway events, dented the country music charts in the early 1980s. His biggest hit, a remake of the Eddie Floyd and Steve Cropper penned tune “634-5789,” reached No. 54 on country music’s Top 100 in 1982.
Amburgey is represented in her lawsuit by attorney David J. Guarnieri of the Lexington firm Mc- Brayer, McGinnis, Leslie & Kirkland.
Tackett had not answered her complaint as of Mountain Eagle press time.