Memphis songwriter considers legal action after song’s use in Trump’s presidential run announcement

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) – Memphis songwriter David Porter says he is considering legal action against former President Donald Trump for using the hit soul song “Hold on, I’m Coming” in Tuesday night’s announcement for his third presidential run.

Porter co-wrote the song with the late musician Isaac Hayes in 1966.

“I woke up this morning and I received several text messages about it,” said Veronica Hayes, Isaac Hayes’ daughter.

Hayes said she was frustrated that her family had asked the Trump camp repeatedly not to use the song.

“My father’s legacy was very clean and untainted by anything. Since we are the survivors, we can choose how his music is played and who gets to use it,” Hayes said.

This incident adds to the list of several artists – including the Rolling Stones, Aerosmith, Tom Petty and John Fogerty – who have publicly urged the former president to stop using their songs at his rallies.

It’s unclear what legal remedies are available, but David Porter, who co-wrote “Hold On, I’m Coming,” says his team is weighing all options.

“It was my art and the purpose of the song … to begin with was a bonding of everybody,” Porter said. “Not segments of certain people or certain themes that are not conducive to embracing the credibility of this country.”

Porter says his reaction to hearing the song Tuesday night was the same as the last time it was used.

“Hell for the no.”

Now he’s demanding that former President Trump wait for “Hold on, I’m coming.”

“Hold On, I’m Coming,” was a #1 Billboard hit recorded by Sam and Dave at Stax Records in the 60’s.

Atlantic Records now owns the rights to the song.

Action News 5 reached out to Atlantic Records to see if they plan to take legal action.

They said they don’t at this time.

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