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Former Steely Dan Singer Sues Band For Unpaid Royalties


David Palmer may be a footnote in Steely Dan history, but he still wants his fair share from his time in the band.

Palmer -- who sang on Steely Dan's first two albums and is best known for his lead vocals on "Dirty Work" and "Brooklyn (Owes the Charmer Under Me)" from 1972's "Can't Buy a Thrill" -- is suing Steely Dan for unpaid royalties, claiming he was never fully or fairly compensated for his work.

Palmer, who's now a photographer, claims he has a contract entitling him to a one-sixth share of royalties for any song he performed on; he received an $8,000 payment recently for sales between June 2013 and March 2014 but says he's owed more.

Steely Dan principals Donald Fagen and Walter Becker have not commented on the suit, which Palmer filed through the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists. Palmer also toured with the band during its early days. Steely Dan, interestingly, turned down a request for "Dirty Work" to appear on the "American Hustle" film soundtrack album, but it's not known if that was related to Palmer's demands.