‘Gary Portnoy’ the singer-songwriter, who is behind the popular theme tune classis TV sitcom Cheers is set to take legal action so he can try to prevent a leading greeting card company from using the signature track.
What he is claiming is that Hallmark Cards has tarnished the hit tune putting it on a musical greeting card – and hiring another man to sing the vocals.
In legal papers filed in Manhattan federal court in New York, he writes,
“The version of the song that plays in the ornament is an impostor recording with clearly inferior production values. The most notable of which is the absence of the iconic voice that has for the past 30 years been associated with this now-classic song.”
Portnoy alleges the “inferior vocal performance,
“ is damaging his reputation and is asking a judge to halt sales of the greeting card