Primary Wave Music partners with the estate of the iconic songwriter, P.F. Sloan, in a deal that sees the publishing giant gaining Sloan’s publishing and writer’s share for his many top 20 hits.
Leading independent music publisher Primary Wave Music has announced their partnership with the estate of the iconic songwriter, P.F. Sloan. Terms of the deal see the publishing giant gain Sloan’s publishing and writer’s share, and will give the estate access to Primary Wave’s marketing team and publishing infrastructure, including digital strategy, licensing, sync opportunities, film, and TV production.
Sloan has written, performed, and produced many top 20 hits for artists across most genres of music, working with artists like Barry McGuire, Herman’s Hermits, and The Mamas and the Papas.
Included in the deal are some of Sloan’s biggest hits, such as the protest hit “Eve of Destruction,” the critically acclaimed top ten hit, “A Must to Avoid,” “You Baby,” which spent twelve weeks on Billboard’s Hot 100, and “Secret Agent Man,” recorded by Johnny Rivers and used as the theme song for the ‘60s TV series Secret Agent. The track has been covered by Devo, Blues Traveler, and even Bruce Willis, enjoying placements in films like Austin Powers and Ace Ventura.
“Phil didn’t go to parties, he wrote songs,” shared Jeremy Rosen, Stephen Feinberg, and Jered Carman, representing the P.F. Sloan Estate. “He was in every shop in town and all at once. That’s Phil’s opening on ‘California Dreamin’.’ That’s Phil’s falsetto on ‘Little Old Lady From Pasadena.’ From ‘Eve of Destruction’ to ‘Secret Agent Man,’ his songs will live forever. Some say he was a genius. We do.”
“I think Jeremy, Stephen, and Jered said it best when they said P.F. was in every shop in town and all at once,” said Samantha Rhulen, Senior Vice President, Business & Legal Affairs. “Everyone has heard a P.F. Sloan song whether they know it or not. His songs are timeless, and we’re honored to continue his legacy and ensure that his incredible catalog is recognized by generations to come.”
P.F. Sloan was a legendary songwriter and performer, and one of the most elusive creative minds to emerge from the ‘60s Los Angeles music scene. He recorded his first single, “All I Want is Loving,” at age 14 for the R&B label, Aladdin.
He wrote and played for the most popular musical acts of the day — often along with his writing partner, Steve Barri — including Herman’s Hermits, The Turtles, The Mamas and the Papas, Johnny Rivers, The Grass Roots, and Barry McGuire. Sloan continued to write and perform until his death in 2015.