Chris Jericho and MJF put on a musical performance this week on AEW Dynamite that is still creating a buzz. Praise has been handed down and a Tony Award winner even relinquished his trophy to the pair. It wouldn’t have happened if they didn’t get permission first.
According to PW Insider, AEW had to secure permission before creating a parody of the Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis Jr song “Me and My Shadow.” They received permission from the original publisher, but since Ol’ Blue Eyes passed away in 1998 they had to go to the Sinatra estate for permission.
AEW went out and secured a license to use the song, but as it turned out, there was instrumental version out there that was suitable for what AEW used. AEW’s music guru Mike Rukus, set out to rerecord the music himself, playing all the instruments by ear
The company secured the license and then they put Mike Rukus to work on making the music happen. Rukus had to play the song by ear and record everything. What we heard on Dynamite was the end result of all that hard work.