A lawsuit involving a contract dispute between the former lead singer of Steely Dan and the rest of the band was filed in Los Angeles on Feb. 28. According to reports, David Palmer is claiming that the band owes him payments for royalties earned through streaming and satellite services. Palmer was one of the founding members of Steely Dan and is reportedly contractually entitled to one-sixth of the royalties from songs that he performed on.
Palmer sang on a total of five songs on the band's 1972 debut, including "Dirty Work" and "Brooklyn (Owes the Charmer Under Me)." He was also the lead singer for the band's concerts and sang background vocals on the band's 1974 album "Countdown to Ecstasy." He was reportedly let go from the band in 1973 for performing while under the influence of alcohol and his ability to interpret the songs.