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New, or purportedly new, recordings made by legendary artists can produce the same feeding frenzy, he said.

“Stuff that’s in the vault is very valuable and very important to collectors and historians and music lovers,” he said. “If someone’s famous, that stuff is going to have legs.”

Youngblood, 68, who still performs at clubs and private parties in New York and northern New Jersey, said he just wants what is legally his.

“It’s the principle,” he said. “I want my song back. They had no right to take my song.”