Jack Richardson’s name removed from music hall of fame, awards – The London Free Press

The celebration of London’s music achievements no longer will bear Jack Richardson’s name.

A legal spat with the Richardson family has led to the removal of the late Canadian music icon’s name from the London Music Hall of Fame and the London Music Awards.

“They were asking for royalties and wanting to tell us what we can and can’t do and who would sit on the board and that’s not acceptable to us,” said Mario Circelli, chair and founder of the London Music Hall of Fame.

“We’re a grassroots organization, a not-for-profit organization that belongs to no one person and benefits no one person. I’m disappointed, but we’re also excited. People like the rebrand. It gives us better focus and we’re going back to our roots with the name change.”

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The name change for the hall of fame was completed last Friday at 182 Dundas St.

Richardson’s son, Garth, confirmed the rift in a telephone interview, explaining the family thought too many liberties were being taken with the name, including a promotional beer, Jack Beer, produced by Anderson Craft Ales during London Music Week in April.

“I’m sure Jack would have said, ‘Stop,’” said Richardson. “When he was a child, he was beaten by his father when he was drunk.”

Richardson said his father’s name also was being used for the name of a band associated with the hall of fame, the Jack Richardson Orchestra.

“We’re very disappointed,” said Richardson, one of four children, adding his mother, Shirley, lives in a subsidized nursing home.

“The family has been asking for financials for six months and we were flatly refused. To be making money off our father’s name, something should be coming back to my mother.”

Jack Richardson was a Juno Award-nominated record producer and Order of Canada recipient, best known for producing hit records for The Guess Who. He later became a professor at Fanshawe College’s Music Industry Arts program. He died in 2011.

“It’s sad,” said Richardson. “All we wanted was transparency.”