Cyndi Lauper — The pop singer recently was aghast to discover that her song “True Colors” was being used in an ad by the Democratic National Committee to lambaste Mitt Romney. Miss Lauper declared herself a supporter of Mr. Obama but objected to the use of her inspirational anthem in a negative context, adding that “Romney can discredit himself without the use of my work.” The ad was pulled shortly thereafter.
Sam Moore — In a rare case of a musician objecting to his music being played in support of a Democratic candidate, Sam Moore of Sam & Dave sent a letter to Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign, requesting a halt to the use of “Hold On, I’m Comin’,” one of the iconic Stax soul duo’s signature hits. The Obama campaign complied, and there must not have been hard feelings, as Mr. Moore performed at the Creative Coalition’s inaugural ball for the new president. In 1996, Mr. Moore had sung a version of another Sam & Dave classic, “Soul Man,” at rallies for Bob Dole’s presidential campaign, tweaking the lyrics into “Dole Man.” (Owners of the publishing rights to the original song — written, like “Hold On, I’m Comin’ ,” by Isaac Hayes and David Porter — eventually forced the Dole campaign to stop using it.)