June 28, 2023

Willkie represented the estate of Joe Cocker and Pam Cocker in connection with the sale of the famed singer’s music catalog to Iconic Artists Group.

On June 27, it was announced that Cocker’s estate entered into an agreement with Iconic Artists Group pursuant to which Iconic acquired Cocker’s extensive music catalog, and will develop and expand his rich and storied musical legacy to reach new generations. Cocker’s recording career spanned approximately 50 years and featured numerous hit songs, including his renditions of the Beatles original “With a Little Help from My Friends” and Billy Preston’s “You Are So Beautiful.”

The deal follows Iconic’s recent acquisitions of interests in the catalogs of Dean Martin, David Crosby, Stephen Stills, Nat King Cole, and Linda Ronstadt. Iconic launched in January 2020 with the acquisition of a controlling interest in the catalog of The Beach Boys.

The Willkie team was led by partner, Sid Fohrman, Chair of the firm’s Music and Digital Media Practice, and included corporate and tax partners Alan Epstein and Shane Nix, and associates Hayley Silvertown, Bobby Chipman and Sabrina Khan.