The Song: C+C Music Factory “Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)” (1990)
The Plaintiff: Singer Martha Wash
The Case: Big and beautiful R&B belter Martha Wash had sang on hit records going back to the days of disco before laying down the signature hook to C+C Music Factory‘s international #1 record. When it was released though her name was nowhere to be found in the credits and adding further insult svelt siren Zelma Davis lip-synched her vocals in the song’s music video. Martha Wash felt it was time to take a stand and took the band to court.
The Judgment: The courts weighed in on Wash’s side and ruled that she should receive proper credit and royalties. Coming in the wake of the Milli Vanilli scandal, her case also inspired further music industry legislation to insure that vocalists always received credit on album packaging and music videos.