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    Beatles - John Lennon Signed Publishing Agreement for "Blackbird," also Signed by Neil Aspinall (UK, October 15, 1968). One page, front and back, 8" x 13", a printed form filled in by typewriter (carbon) and signed at the close: "Neil Aspinall" in black ballpoint (for Maclen Music) and "John Lennon" in bold black felt tip. This "Memorandum of Agreement" is between Maclen (Music) Limited of the first part, John Lennon and Paul McCartney (writers) of the second part, and Northern Songs Limited (publishers) of the third part. It is supplemental to their "Principal Publishing Agreement" made between these parties and Nems Enterprises Limited, dated February 11, 1965. It agrees that the publishers will pay royalties as listed to Maclen for the full period of copyright. "Blackbird" was on the The Beatles ("The White Album"), released a month after this agreement. Though credited to both, it was a Paul McCartney composition and he performed it solo on the album. He has claimed that its inspiration was the unfortunate state of Civil Rights in America during the 1960s. Very Fine condition with light creasing at bottom edge. COA from Heritage Auctions.

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