I Helped Sue Pharrell and Gwen

Don’t you hate it when the big guys screw with us little folks?

In January, I filed a lawsuit against Pharrell Williams and Gwen Stefani for stealing the chorus of my song “Who’s Got My Lighter.”  (To see The Hollywood Reporter’s article on the dispute, go to http://bit.ly/2jGpsJf.)

I wrote and recorded the song in 1996, and then rerecorded it in 2009. (To hear it, https://youtu.be/JZHV2j5QVtk.) Pharrell Williams and Gwen Stefani’s version, “Spark the Fire,” appeared in 2014. It was a top 40 hit featured on multiple TV shows and commercials.


Gwen and I had met in **97 and 98** when she came in to my salon in Huntington Beach to have me color her hair. I played the song for her, she said she liked it, and I gave her a CD.


When I heard the Pharrell/Stefani song, I called Gwen’s manager to try to work it out like big kids. I approached her because Pharrell has had enough problems with copyright issues.

But, you guessed it, no luck.

That’s how I got here.

For a donation of $40 includes shipping or more, you get this one-of-a-kind “I Helped Sue Pharrell & Gwen” T-shirt.

The money will be used toward lawyer’s costs and other legal fees. Lawyers in this area of expertise don’t work on contingency.   

Thank you for your help.

 Richard Morrill


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