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Bar In Philadelphia Seeking Money From The St. Louis Blues

from Scott Gleeson of USA TODAY,

The Philadelphia bar that inspired the St. Louis Blues' "Gloria" fad is seeking money from the items — T-shirts, hats and other small merchandise — that were sold inside and outside of Enterprise Center during the team's run to its first Stanley Cup.

Attorney Rob McKinley, who represents The Jacks NYB,  told USA TODAY Sports that the Blues' postgame victory song, Laura Branigan's 1982 disco classic "Gloria," was only part of the equation.

The fanbase's rallying cry, "Play Gloria!" began at The Jacks NYB, and as such, McKinley said that idea comes with a price for others making a profit off it.

"The bottom line is they created this brand and supported the St. Louis Blues and their fans on the Stanley Cup run," McKinley said Tuesday.


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I hope this gets laughed out of court.

Posted by CharDeeMacDennis on 07/16/19 at 11:33 AM ET

Steeb's avatar

I’m sure Laura Brannigan and ASCAP would like to have a word.

Posted by Steeb on 07/16/19 at 12:00 PM ET

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I clicked on the link to the article. It appears the bar feels it has a claim to the slogan “play Gloria”... The bar obviously has no claim for the music. If they trademarked the slogan, they might have a claim, but it looks like they applied for trademark after the fact…so I’m not sure that anyone…other than their lawyer…will be getting paid. Slow news day I guess.. confused

Posted by Down River Dan on 07/16/19 at 12:29 PM ET

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Posted by Down River Dan on 07/16/19 at 01:29 PM ET

At the coffee shop I used to frequent, the owner would often just play music off her phone over the speakers. Then ASCAP came in one day and fined her $10K for unlicensed broadcasting of copy written material. So, unless this bar has all their licenses in a row, I’d be wary of calling attention to itself.

Also, yes, slow news day.

Posted by Steeb on 07/16/19 at 12:54 PM ET

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What a joke.

Posted by TreKronor on 07/16/19 at 01:15 PM ET

damndog revenge   From the bowels of Detroit's avatar

My favorite Gloria cover may be this:


Great slinky guitar

Posted by damndog revenge From the bowels of Detroit on 07/16/19 at 02:43 PM ET

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Different song entirely (Van Morrison, i.e., the good one; vs. Brannigan, i.e., ewwww).  Agreed that it’s a terrific cover though!

Posted by The Meal from Firestone, CO on 07/16/19 at 04:50 PM ET

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I heard about this a couple weeks back, and I’ve been pretty amused about it since. Love the Blues or hate ‘em, but this isn’t gonna go the bar’s way.

Posted by Alan from Atlanta on 07/16/19 at 05:17 PM ET

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I hope this gets laughed out of court.

It will. LOL

Posted by bigfrog on 07/16/19 at 07:24 PM ET

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Posted by The Meal from Firestone, CO on 07/16/19 at 05:50 PM ET

Many bands covered it well and not so. Brannigan! lol funny stuff

The doors have their version but I think for even here it’s not proper.

Posted by damndog revenge From the bowels of Detroit on 07/17/19 at 11:16 AM ET


Let me guess…some guy’s dog was eating spaghetti out of a huge silver bowl.

Posted by howeandhowe from Seattle on 07/17/19 at 03:47 PM ET


The doors have their version but I think for even here it’s not proper.

The Doors version of a song is never proper.

Posted by CharDeeMacDennis on 07/18/19 at 11:04 AM ET

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from Ben Frederickson of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

Have you all heard the commotion about the “Play Gloria” phrase? Philadelphia bar Jacks NYB, the venue the Blues were having a cold one in when they fell in love with their rally song, is now feuding with companies that latched onto the phrase. A trademark has been cited. Cease and desists have been sent. The bar is especially ticked at St. Louis based apparel company, Arch Apparel.

“Here’s the truth,” the bar posted to its Facebook page. “When we found out that other companies were using our PLAY GLORIA trademark to make money off of it, we reached out to them to try to make a deal with them. If they are going to profit from it, why shouldn’t we get a small piece of the pie. Wouldn’t you?”

I guess Blues players should demand a cut from all companies that have used references to the Laura Branigan song. Without their surge toward the Cup, the phrase would not have made any money for anyone. If you are a bar owner with “Gloria” on your jukebox, perhaps consider uniting forces in a class action suit. Shouldn’t you get a small piece of the pie?

This is what happens when a good story comes about. People make themselves look silly tying to become a part of it.


Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 07/19/19 at 07:30 AM ET

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