Maclen Ltd launches legal proceedings against Northern Songs Ltd

Tuesday, September 16, 1969

Spread the love! If you like what you are seeing, share it on social networks and let others know about The Paul McCartney Project.


Maclen (Music) Limited instigated legal proceedings against Northern Songs Limited requesting a re-audit of royalty statements from February 11, 1965 onwards. This was an area that Klein specialised in, and nearly always came up trumps.

Miles, Barry. The Beatles Diary Volume 1: The Beatles Years (Kindle Locations 9293-9295). Music Sales. Kindle Edition.

From 16 September 1969: Maclen (Music) Limited begins legal proceedings against Northern Songs (

On this day Maclen (Music) Limited began legal proceedings against Northern Songs, the company founded by music publisher Dick James, Brian Epstein, John Lennon and Paul McCartney in 1963 to publish Lennon-McCartney songs.

Northern Songs was in the process of being sold, and this legal notice was to request a re-audit of royalty statements from 11 February 1965 onwards. Maclen had been set up to publish Lennon and McCartney’s songs in the US.

Company audits were Allen Klein’s speciality, and he almost always managed to uncover misdeeds leading to compensation for his star clients. It was just one of many tough negotiations Klein entered into on The Beatles’ behalf in 1969.

Last updated on October 31, 2021

Going further

The Beatles Diary Volume 1: The Beatles Years

"With greatly expanded text, this is the most revealing and frank personal 30-year chronicle of the group ever written. Insider Barry Miles covers the Beatles story from childhood to the break-up of the group."

We owe a lot to Barry Miles for the creation of those pages, but you really have to buy this book to get all the details - a day to day chronology of what happened to the four Beatles during the Beatles years!

Shop on Amazon

If we like to think, in all modesty, that the Paul McCartney Project is the best online ressource for everything Paul McCartney, The Beatles Bible is for sure the definitive online site focused on the Beatles. There are obviously some overlap in terms of content between the two sites, but also some major differences in terms of approach.

Read more on The Beatles Bible


Have you spotted an error on the page? Do you want to suggest new content? Or do you simply want to leave a comment ? Please use the form below!

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *