Posted: Jul 13, 2011 4:12 pm
I'm glad Arthur backed off and went with Love.
Tried to check on the lawsuit thing and found this...
"Following its success on the Italian charts, plans were made to release "Piangi Con Me" in the United Kingdom and as a result, the song was translated into English and given the new title of "Passing Thru Grey". However, the song's publisher in Britain, Dick James Music, was unhappy with the lyrics of "Passing Thru Grey" and decided that they should be changed. Michael Julian, a member of the publisher's writing staff, was assigned the task of composing new words for the song and it was his input that transformed it into "Let's Live for Today". Before the Rokes could release the song in the UK, however, another British group named The Living Daylights released a version of it. Ultimately, neither The Living Daylights nor the Rokes would reach the charts with their recording of the song.
In the United States, the Rokes version of "Let's Live for Today" found its way to the head of Dunhill Records, who felt that the song would make a suitable single release for The Grass Roots. The composer/producer team of P. F. Sloan and Steve Barri, who managed The Grass Roots' recordings, were also enthusiastic about the song, with Sloan being particularly enamored with the similarities that the song's chorus had to The Drifters' "I Count the Tears". "Let's Live for Today" was duly recorded by The Grass Roots, with the help of a number of studio musicians, including Sloan on lead guitar, and was released as a single in May 1967. The lead vocal on The Grass Roots' recording was sung by the band's bassist Rob Grill and the distinctive "1-2-3-4" count-in before the chorus was sung by guitarist Warren Entner."