The first rule of show business is: Never Piss Off The Turtles.
Howard Kaylan of the Turtles and Flo and Eddie said in a post on Twitter July 18 there could be legal action against the Republican National Committee for its use of “Happy Together” at the Republican National Convention, which opened today in Cleveland, Ohio. “We never approved this use. Now we call the lawyers,” Kaylan, the Turtles' lead singer on the song, wrote.USA Today reported the song was played shortly after “The Star-Spangled Banner” and “The Pledge of Allegiance” to open the convention.
The Turtles are fierce litigators of their legacy, having been ripped off by AM Radio and everyone else since the late 1960s. You steal from the Turtles and you pull back a bloody stump with three lawyers and an entertainment judge strapped to your bloody stump.
The default setting for Republican politicians should be to play public domain patriotic music and nothing else. Everyone in the music business hates Republicans, even the self-professed Republicans who claim to have worked in the music business.