Mojo Music & Media, an independent legacy marketing and publishing brand, has acquired a slew of new rights for Bob Morrison and Jerry Reed‘s catalogs. The company now holds a 50% publishing stake in Morrison’s publishing catalog — which includes hits from Kenny Rogers, The Chicks, and Johnny Lee — and the artist and record royalties of songwriter, artist and actor, Reed. This adds to the publishing catalog Mojo purchased from Reed three years prior, allowing the independent rights holders full control over the multi-hyphenate’s works.
Already, since the company’s acquisition of Reed’s publishing, Mojo has placed his works — like “Amos Moses,” “Guitar Man” (famously covered by Elvis Presley), “A Thing Called Love,” “When You’re Hot You’re Hot,” and “East Bound and Down” — in audiovisual works like NBC’s Good Girls, advertising campaigns for car brands like Hyundai, Nissan, and Chevrolet, A24’s film X, and Baz Luhrmann’s upcoming biopic Elvis.
With a career spanning decades, Reed began in the early 60s as a writer for Brenda Lee and Porter Wagoner while penning songs for his own artist project. While he had some early success as an artist, Presley gave him his true breakthrough by re-recording Reed’s songs “Guitar Man” and “U.S. Male.” Later, his songs like “A Thing Called Love” (which became a charting hit song for Jimmy Dean, Ed Ames and Johnny Cash) and the top 10 success of “When You’re Hot You’re Hot” and “Amos Moses” marked him as a true star in popular and country music. He also became a successful actor in the 70s, starring in comedies and action flicks — including Smokey and the Bandit and, years later, The Waterboy — while continuing to make more music. He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2017.
Morrison began his career about a decade later, in 1973 he packed up his belongings and moved from his hometown of Biloxi, Mississippi to Nashville, Tennessee to become a songwriter. He penned popular tunes for a number of artists, including one song with Reed, and found his big break when he landed two tracks on the Urban Cowboy soundtrack — “Looking for Love” and “Love the World Away.” Through the next two decades he landed songs with some of the biggest stars in music, like Loretta Lynn, Conway Twitty, George Jones, Ray Charles, The Carpenters and more — with over 350 of his songs recorded in total.
This marks the latest in a recent trend of Mojo acquisitions involving the catalogs of country music songwriters. Within the last year, the independent rights holder has acquired catalogs from Terry McBride, Tom Shapiro, George Teren, and Pat McManus.