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Billy Joel’s ex-drummer settles suit

Billy Joel's longtime drummer has settled a lawsuit accusing his former boss of depriving him of royalties from many of his biggest albums, the singer's lawyer said Wednesday.
/ Source: Reuters

Billy Joel's longtime drummer has settled a lawsuit accusing his former boss of depriving him of royalties from many of his biggest albums, the singer's lawyer said Wednesday.

Liberty DeVitto was Joel's principal drummer from 1975 to 2005, performing on such albums as "The Stranger," "52nd Street," "Glass Houses" and "Storm Front," as well as in Joel's touring band.

In his May 2009 lawsuit, DeVitto alleged that Joel breached agreements to pay him unspecified royalties based on sales of 11 albums that were recorded between 1975 and 1990, and which collectively sold more than 100 million units worldwide.

Joel's recording company, Sony Music Entertainment, was also named as a defendant.

"The case has been amicably resolved," said Joel's lawyer Paul LiCalsi. He declined to discuss settlement terms.

DeVitto's lawyer did not immediately return a call seeking comment.