Love is in the Air singers sue US group and Air France
Who REALLY wrote the Australian classic Love is in the Air? Singers sue US group and Air France airline for copying iconic hit
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- Singer John Paul Young backs Vanda and Young copyright case
- American duo Glass Candy is sued for their song Warm In The Winter
- Advertising “France is in the air” makes Air France another target of prosecution
- American composer Stephen Sondheim made a song of the same name in 1962
The authors of the worldwide hit song Love Is In The Air are suing Air France and an American group for copying their song.
The success was featured in the film Strictly Ballroom and is sung by John Paul Young who was in Federal Court in Sydney supporting co-writer Harry Vanda.
Harry Vanda and the late George Young, who died in 2017, wrote the song together in 1977 for John Paul Young which made it a hit the following year.
The estate of Mr. Vanda and George Young continues the American duo Glass Candy, its songwriters Johnny ‘Jewel’ Padgett and Lori Monahan and Air France.
Love Is In The Air is featured in the classic Australian film Strictly Ballroom. Songwriters sue American duo Glass Candy, its writers and Air France
John Paul Young’s Love Is In The Air became an international hit in 1978. Young was in Federal Court in Sydney to support the copyright lawsuit against Mr. Vanda and the estate of Mr. Young.
Music videos showing John Paul Young performing the hit, Glass Candy performing their song Warm in The Winter and the Air France commercial “France Is In The Air” were played by their lawyer Michael Hall SC.
“We’re saying the material was deliberately copied with writers very familiar with Love Is In The Air, who had this song in mind when they composed Warm in the Winter,” he said.
He argued that Warm in The Winter was at the very least an unconscious reproduction and that Vanda and Young never consented to their lyrics being altered.
The duo once turned down a “Hair Is In The Air” ad from a hairstyling company, their lawyer said.
Harry Vanda (second from left) and the late George Young (second from right) wrote Love Is In The Air together for John Paul Young in 1977. Vanda and Young were a songwriting duo and are pictured with their band The Easybeats in 1966.
Ida No and Johnny ‘Jewel’ Padgett form the Glass Candy duo. Padgett wrote Warm in The Winter with Lori Monohan who is also continued by the estate of Vanda and Young.
“Love is in the air” is a common expression that Richard Cobden SC defended Glass Candy and its two songwriters.
Warm in The Winter co-writers Padgett and Monohan said they never heard of Love Is In The Air before writing their song.
Monohan said she heard the phrase in a yoga class and told Padgett who was writing a song about the snaps.
Warm in The Winter was used in an Air France advertisement “France Is In The Air” which “shocked and horrified” Mr. Vanda.
The Air France commercial features Glass Candy’s Warm in The Winter with the lyrics changed to “France Is In The Air”. Vanda and Young never agreed to have their words changed, their lawyer argued
Defense attorney showed an ad for a deodorant accompanied by the song and showed frogs mating and elderly gentlemen dying while having sex.
“I don’t approve of it, but it doesn’t shock or horrify me,” Vanda said.
He said he had no idea the song Love Is In The Air recorded by American songwriter Stephen Sondheim in 1962.
Who wrote this? American composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim recorded a song called Love Is In The Air in 1962. Mr. Vanda said he had no idea about the song.
A Volkswagen commercial in which one car listened to Vanda and Young’s song and another listened to a rap version was shown in court.
The lyrics changed to “Sitting in Your Love Seat Gasping For Air” in the rap version.
Mr Vanda said it was “bastard” and did not know if it had been approved.
The hearing continues.