A Frank Foster Update: It's Final!

Frank Foster in Hotel Room

A recent trip to the New York area allowed Frank Foster to sign documents which will allow him to reclaim publishing rights for "Shiny Stockings." Brian Grady/Jazz Legacy Films hide caption

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Earlier this month we posted that composer/reedman Frank Foster would be able to reclaim the royalty rights to "Shiny Stockings," a song he wrote as a member of the Count Basie band in the mid-'50s.

It's a big deal because the song has become a jazz standard. While it won't bring in anywhere close to the kind of money Lady Gaga earns, it could provide a nice sum for Foster to count on as sort of a retirement income.

Frank Foster's signature

Frank Foster's signature on a termination notice opens the door for him to reclaim royalties on "Shiny Stockings." Brian Grady/Jazz Legacy Films hide caption

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Recently, all this was made official. Foster and his wife Cecilia traveled from their home in Newport News, Va. to Newark, N.J. to join a few folks from the Community Law Clinic of Rutgers School of Law to sign a termination notice.

That allows him to reclaim his publishing rights to "Shiny Stockings," begin republishing his signature tune under his own publishing company and finally put half a century of missed opportunity to rest. Foster will also regain rights to several other songs, but "Shiny Stockings" has been "the one that got away," as he told me when I interviewed him.

Brian Grady of Jazz Legacy Films was there to document the moment. The photos here are stills from the "happy ending" to his upcoming film on Frank Foster.

We share them because we want to celebrate with Foster and his wife. We also think it's a big deal when the good guy actually does win in this game called life.

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