If you've ever wondered the value of a name, take a look at this...
The Imperials, one of
Christian music's most popular singing groups in the 1970s and early
'80s, are currently embroiled in a complex legal battle over who owns
the group's name — and who gets to reap the profits from that name.
Armond Morales, who in 1964 cofounded the group that went on to win four Grammys and 13 Dove Awards, and his wife, Bonnie, are being sued for the Imperials name by a younger group that includes Armond's son, Jason Morales.
That younger group — four singers who say they're now the "real" Imperials — claims that when the elder Morales signed an assignment of trademark in 2005, he transferred ownership of the name to the four singers in the current lineup.
And remember Little Anthony and the Imperials? It seems they may actually own the name...