Name dropping: Gaither and AGM
Alert reader RPP writes in to note that as the credits rolled last night on Gaither Classics (episode 213) — a tribute to members of the Homecoming Friends who have died since the series was started — Bill Gaither in an overdub said something about (and this RPP’s recollection):
“…the people who sing here are stars of Southern Gospel and American Gospel Music” (roughly accurate but the AGM reference was the last thing in the sentence). Was it a generic or intentional reference to AGM? Don’t know but it certainly got my attention.
Like RPP, I too find it a curious reference. If it’s coincidence (and may very well be) then it probably amounts to little more than a piece of trivia. If it’s more than that, then I guess it could cut both ways for AGM the franchise: on the one hand, Gaither’s got the midas touch and having AGM associated with him, even distantly and in passing, is a plus (except of course that AGM as a franchise is quite explicitly positioning itself away from Gaither). On the other hand, Gaither’s brand is pretty strong, and all he’d have to do is mention the term in a few key contexts to pretty much make it his, or at the very least, create a great deal of confusion about what and who AGM the brand refers to. Which in turn raises the interesting question of how vigorously AGM the franchise would/will be about enforcing its copyright and other legal claims to the use of the brand name. A legal fued between NQC and the BG Empire would be the Christian music equivalent of the TomKat baby. But like I say, it was probably just a trivial coincidence.Email this Post