Bobby Kent Claims He Invented "Da Da Da Da Da Da Charge!" And Wants to Cash In

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Update: Did Bobby Kent steal the song from a USC student who copyrighted it in 1955?

In 1978, Bobby Kent was the musical director for the San Diego Chargers football team when he composed a song he called "Stadium Doo Dads" or "Kent's Composition".

According to our new front-runner for best lawsuit of the year:

"The operative and most commonly known part of Kent's Composition goes 'da da da da da da... CHARGE!'"

Yep, that's right, Bobby Kent says he invented the "Charge" thing people do at stadiums. In fact, he copyrighted "Stadium Doo Dads" in 1981, and received $10,000 to $20,000 a year from the San Diego Chargers for its use, according to the suit.

Now he wants to really cash in, and is suing for proceeds from every sports team or stadium that has used the ditty.

Kent, co-owner of Pompano Beach's Hollbrand Music Publishers, filed suit Thursday in Miami-Dade County against the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP).

Kent claims that the licensing corporation negotiated "blanket licenses" including his song to the MLB, NFL, NBA, NHL, NCAA and NASCAR, without payment or his permission.

ASCAP has "collected millions of dollars" from his creation, Kent claims, and failed to track "performances" of the song that could have netted millions more in royalties.

In preparation for the suit, Kent's Brickell-based attorney Richard C. Wolfe says he wrote letters to major sports teams demanding information on their use of the song. "Many of them replied back and said they had never used it, which was totally untrue," Wolfe tells Riptide. The worst offender: the Texas Rangers. By the attorney's count, "they used it 31 times during the World Series."

The lawsuit doesn't name a dollar amount that Kent believes he is due. But multiply the $10,000 he says he received at minimum from the Chargers per year, by the -- very conservative estimate -- 200 teams or entities he claims used it without his permission, and multiply that times thirty for the amount of years since he copyrighted the ditty...

We're no lawyers, or accountants, but by our math Bobby Kent might be able to blast his bugle in his own damn stadium when all is said and done.

We've embedded the complaint below.

BobbyKentCharge!

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17 comments
Paula Love
Paula Love

Bobby Kent is a scumbag and a weasel. He had me perform in his so called TV show where I think he ripped the club owner off and then didn't pay me. The show never went on the air, either. When I tried to call him he dodged my phone calls. When I met him I thought he should be in a rest home. Now, I think he belongs in a prison.

Dbleau
Dbleau

 I played this in high school in 1976 - no way did he write it in 1978.

Nprice131
Nprice131

and that was in the 60's. Did he write" happy birthday" too.Why do courts even think about hearing a case like this.

Nprice131
Nprice131

I heard it on the Flintstones when Wilma went shopping with a credit card.......What a crock!

przxqgl
przxqgl

what a joke... i played this throughout the '60s and '70s, which is before he "allegedly" even wrote the piece...

as i said... what a joke. 8/

Sniffit
Sniffit

Sadly though, the Charge song was invented in 1946 by USC events director Tommy Walker (who may have grabbed it from a World War I German bugle call)

mjpushedoff
mjpushedoff

He's not being a jerk. If ASCAP has been collecting royalties for the song and not paying him, the original copyright owner, then he's got a case. It won't be for all the money this article is envisioning, due to the blanket agreements with the leagues (as opposed to the single agreement with the Chargers), but he should get a settlement, or ongoing payments, or both. And, like it or not, he deserves them.

david
david

I'll give you $100 for you to bury the song so we never have to hear it again

pdxjsw
pdxjsw

What Kent needs to realize is that the Rangers are using the Vanilla Ice version that goes like this "da da dada da da .........CHARGE!!!!"

SHeadius
SHeadius

They played this alot at the Cincinnati Reds Crosley Field in the 60's when I was a kid. This guy is a complete troll and liar.

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