- The Washington Times - Monday, June 4, 2007

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Nevada last week became one of at least a dozen states to enact laws prohibiting fake groups from promoting themselves as famed musicians.

The new law requires performing groups to feature at least one member of the recording group to which they claim a connection, or label the production as a “tribute” or “salute.” Otherwise, claiming a connection is considered a deceptive trade practice.

“Nevada is the entertainment capital of the world, so this was one of our major goals,” Sonny Turner of the Platters said after he watched Gov. Jim Gibbons, a Republican, sign the bill.

Mr. Turner, Jon “Bowzer” Bauman of Sha Na Na and Mary Wilson of the Supremes were among those who urged Nevada lawmakers to pass the bill.

Maxine Porter, a Las Vegas resident and longtime manager for Bill Pinkney, the last surviving original member of the Drifters, said the goal is to get such laws on the books in nearly 20 states by the end of the year.

“In a town like this, where you have a constant flow of tourists, this is a place where people expect to have authenticity,” she said. “You don’t need to see the Drifters advertised on three different marquees.”

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