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Hughes receives songwriting royalties for Burn

Glenn Hughes; Photo: Stuart Westwood, Resonate press kit

Glenn Hughes recently spoke to Music and Me, revealing that he has settled his royalties for Burn (he famously claimed that he co-wrote the album, but was not credited for contractual reasons). The settlement, we presume, was made with the embattled HEC Enterprises and Deep Purple (Overseas) companies.

As we sit here speaking, it’s three months ago, it’s all been resolved. It’s taken a long time. It’s not really something I’ve spoke about in the press.

People, of course, always ask me: ‘How come you didn’t write on ‘Burn’?’ And I don’t really go out of my way to give the definitive answer, but the fact is I was signed to another company. And if you look at George Harrison and Robert Plant, they were off a couple of records too — Robert being ‘Led Zeppelin I’. It’s the same scenario. I decided I’d leave my name off to… take care of business, if you will. At a young age as well — I couldn’t believe I did that.

I never hold a resentment. Because the resentments are about people who are no longer with us. Let’s just say that I was mismanaged — young and mismanaged — and I was promised things that… Being an only child living with his mum and dad up in the north, I was offered a handshake, and I took it.

The thing that’s kept me alive is I’ve never held a resentment against anyone. Never. Resentments would kill me — it would take me out drinking, it would take me out cavorting. I never held a resentment. And now, 44 years later, it’s been resolved. It’s a long time.

I’m getting paid, yeah. It’s going back. But more importantly, I’m getting paid going forward. But there are some things I’m getting paid for, like film stuff and sync rights and streaming and stuff from lately. But there are other ways to go about it, which I can’t talk about. But I am right now…

Listen to the complete interview (24 minutes long) at this location.

Thanks to Blabbermouth for the transcriptions and to Jim Collins for the heads up.

18 Comments to “Hughes receives songwriting royalties for Burn”:

  1. 1
    Kassius Vida says:

    Congrats Hughes, We know you worked on this important Purple’s album. With your ideas, voice and your abilities on the bass.

  2. 2
    Steve Hunt says:

    Glad to see this taken care of.The man deserves his just rewards.

  3. 3
    Kevin Kober says:


  4. 4
    Ron Ditty says:

    He deserves his fair share. I think Deep Purple worked better when all 5 musicians were given credit, but alas Maestro Blackmore doesn’t.

  5. 5
    Peter Xuereb says:

    Yes when all 5 were getting equal share of the publishing in the MKII days, all maintained enthusiasm. Once the arrangement change during MkIII, self interest came more to the fore so certain members probably started to feel left out financially.

  6. 6
    PJ Mikey says:

    Hope his name is on the songs he wrote too

  7. 7
    Blackwood Richmore says:

    Bravo Glenn! This is the best thing ever & it should have happened decades ago.
    Smiles to ya!.

  8. 8
    Peder A Lundmark says:

    Good for him. He who writes should get the reward. All this equal share thing can’t be good in the long run imho

  9. 9
    Jouko Juntunen says:

    About time too!

  10. 10
    Adel says:

    Justance for all. Now let’s sort out who owns DP name.

  11. 11
    Neil Parsons says:

    The two mk 3 albums and mk 4 album are the 1970s

  12. 12
    Buttockss says:

    Eggo my ego!!!!!

  13. 13
    Rajaseudun Rampe says:

    What I have heard is that Glenn also wrote Smoke on the Water and most of Machine Head album. That’s why he’s performing the MH songs live. Very stable genius this man with exceptionally high IQ. We all hope he’s getting paid and receives the credits he deserves.

  14. 14
    Blackwood Richmore says:

    Just thought I’d wish you all a very merry Christmas & a happy new year!
    So, the numbers roll on… & our shadows cast a little further.
    Aaaaahh…. fk it! 🎅

  15. 15
    Tm says:

    #13 what can I say…
    The most dumb and silly answer of a lifetime.

  16. 16
    AndreA says:


  17. 17
    Rock Voorne says:

    I thought it was settled many years ago. After all, he did appear on the Anniversary Edition of BURN, creditwise?

    I wonder, musicians that cover a song live do have to pay royalties , right?

    Did he have to pay these when the issue was not settled?

    I hope all the best for Glenn.
    Although the man and I do not always agree on stuff and regularly I feel he should have said nothing ….I love him.

    I wish I could re arrange the royalties for Rod and Nick.

    Happy 2019 everybody.

  18. 18
    Tommy H. says:

    Burn is by far the most exciting album Hughes has ever played and sang on, despite getting better with age. It’s always better to let go and move on or seek for resolution immediately – that’s my mindset as well. Holding a grudge is just debilitating.

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