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'Hippy Hippy Shake'

New Money Fight Over 60s Hit Song

5/28/2014 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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The bubbly '60s pop tune "Hippy Hippy Shake" is still making money -- 50 years after The Beatles grooved to it -- now there's a fight brewing over who gets to keep the cash.

At least 5 different people or businesses are claiming they're entitled to royalties from the song -- including the original writer ... according to court docs obtained by TMZ.

Universal Music -- which pays out the royalties -- filed the docs because it's not sure who rightfully deserves the dough ... and wants a judge to figure it out.

It's a nice chunk of change, too ... the song has been recorded by several different artists (including The Swinging Blue Jeans in this 1963 vid) and still gets airplay. In the last 6 months of 2013 the diddy earned $5,368 ... and Universal expects it to rake in at least another $20K in the future.

For goodness sake.

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Clytemnestra    

Whose been getting the royalties since the sixties?

119 days ago
2.

Boolie    

"Diddy" isn't a word. Don't you mean "ditty"?

119 days ago
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Snidly    

Hi TMZ,please make an obvious correction to your story,the video in question is not from 1963(the song is-however-Swinging Blue Jeans),look at the clothes,hairstyles,etc, from the 70's,not 1963!

119 days ago
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BLUE UGLY 💩    

I've been getting the royalties

118 days ago
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Bolivar    

"Diddy"? Good lord...

118 days ago
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Ronni    

Ditty, not diddy. Jeez.

118 days ago
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Slurpee    

Chan Romero is the songwriter and original singer of the tune….

118 days ago
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Bacchus    

Like Snidly said, this video is not from 1963. The Fender Jazz Bass the bass player is playing is a 1966 onward because the fretboard has block inlays, and not dot inlays like the earlier models had...

118 days ago
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Frugampolino    

Boring

118 days ago

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