United Kingdom: Fizz v Fizz over band name

by Stella Floras 110 views

The UK winners of the 1981 Eurovision Song Contest, Bucks Fizz, are facing a legal battle against each other over their band name.

Three members of the original line-up of Bucks Fizz – Jay Aston, Cheryl Baker and Mike Nolan – are fighting fourth member Bobby Gee over an attempt by the trio to trademark their current touring name "The Original Bucks Fizz".

According to the Daily Mail newspaper, Bobby Gee – real name Bobby Gubby – who owns the rights to the "Bucks Fizz" band name, has refused to let his former bandmates legally trademark their alternative name.

The trio have reportedly been in talks with their lawyers this week to see how the dispute can be resolved.

Gee has had the legal rights to Bucks Fizz ever since a court battle a decade ago with former replacement band-mate David Van Day.

Meanwhile Aston, Baker and Nolan now regularly perform together under their "Original Bucks Fizz" name, a brand they want to make legally theirs.

After winning in Dublin, the original line-up went on to become one Britain's most successful pop groups of the early 1980s, before splitting up a few years after a horrific coach crash.

"The Original Bucks Fizz" are now regulars on the touring circuit, and are expected to release a 30th anniversary album sometime this year.

An article by Alasdair Rendall

Stella Floras

Thanks to Johnny Logan and Hold me now I fell in love with the Eurovision Song Contest, a love that's been going strong ever since with undiminished passion. My first memories date back to 1977 and the lyrics of Rock bottom, Dschinghis Khan and A ba ni bi are still engraved in my brain.

I joined esctoday.com in 2006 as a junior editor after being invited by Barry Viniker, I soon became Senior Editor and during the 2007 contest in Helsinki I was appointed Head of Communications. Today I hold the post of Head of Human Resources and I am proud to be working with the best editorial team in the world.