“During that interview, Richard reveals his frustrations regarding people sampling his music, and that they got nothing back for it,” Webster explains on his GoFundMe page.
“He went on to say, he would love for people to ‘do the right thing’ and give a little something back for using the beat, and to make it legal. It got me thinking, that no one had actually taken up the challenge of trying to fulfill his wishes, so I immediately tasked myself with getting in contact with Richard, which I managed quite quickly. I explained my plan to try to get a donation page up and running, and got his blessings to do so. All monies raised will be given to him, as the copyright owner of Amen brother.”
In addition to winning a Grammy in 1969, Spencer, who left the music business shortly thereafter, went on to receive a PhD at Howard University, and is reportedly a licensed Baptist Minister, novelist and high school teacher (U.S. history, psychology, civics) in Montgomery County, Maryland. He is married to his co-author, Episcopal priest and formerNewsday journalist Angela Boatright.
Sadly, Winstons drummer Gregory Coleman died (allegedly broke and homeless) died back in 2006, but Webster is attempting to contact his children, so that they may receive compensation, as well.