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Gary Glitter, a registered sex offender in the United Kingdom, received £300,000 over the past year, the majority of it from his 1972 track ‘Rock and Roll Part 2’ being featured in the Silver Linings Playbook trailer.
In the 1970s, Gary Glitter, whose real name is Paul Francis Gadd, emerged in England as a popular glam rock singer/songwriter and musician. According to Wikipedia, 26 of his singles stayed on UK’s Top 100 for 180 weeks in total, and three reached number one.
Although Glitter continued to record music well into the 1990s, at the end of the decade his reputation was ruined. In 1999, he was convicted in the United Kingdom for possessing thousands of images depicting child pornography on his computer. In 2006, a Vietnam court found him guilty of molesting two underage girls. This past October, he was arrested and charged with sexual abuse as part of Operation Yewtree.
The Sun reports the now 68-year-old has received royalties in the past year totaling £300,000. Much of the money comes from his song’s “Rock and Roll Part 2” in addition to the trailer for Silver Linings Playbook. However, the track is also played during football, basketball, and hockey games nationwide. Further, Hewlett Packard used a cover of his tune “Do You Wanna Touch Me? (Oh Yeah)” in their advertisements.
Why is his music still celebrated despite his criminal history? “There’s less awareness of his past here,” a U.S. source commented.
Silver Linings Playbook is currently nominated for eight Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Director.