"Mr....Boooojangles.....Mr. Boooojangles...." I always loved that song.http://www.variety.com/review/VE11179446654?refCatId=34
Posted: Tuesday 12th 2011, 3:16pm PT
Music Artist to sue Bojangles Restaurant.
Writer - Bill Robinson
Music legend Neil Diamond is taking aim at the Charlotte , NC business Bojangles Famous Chicken & Biscuits chain. The singer/songwriter filed a suit against the chain claiming the name infringes on the song title of "Mr. Bojangles".
Even though the song was written by country music artist , Jerry Jeff Walker in 1968 , Diamond bought the music publishing rights to that song in the 1970's.
"Neil has pushed for them to change the name of the business since the early 1990's. But they kept saying they would get in touch. Once we realized they were going to grow to a projected 1,000 restaurants by 2020 , he realized he had to move." the source close to Diamond claims.
The suit claims Bojangles which opened in 1977 is using a name that draws hints to the song . A Bojangles representative had this to say regarding the suit:
"This is a frivolous lawsuit at its best. What possible reason could a restraunt chain be confused with a song ?"
Either way Diamond intends to sue . When told of the lawsuit one lawyer joked , "Maybe they should change the name to Chicken & Biscuits and avoid this suit by Diamond."