The anniversary song titled “Egy szabad országért” (For a free country) has been produced by American Songwriter-Producer Desmond Child.
Desmond Child (born John Charles Barrett; October 28, 1953) is an American musician, professional songwriter, and producer. He is a member of the Songwriters Hall of Fame. He is son of a Hungarian aristocrat, baron Sándor Márfy and a Cuban singer.
His hits as a songwriter include “I Was Made for Lovin’ You”, “I Hate Myself for Loving You”, “Livin’ on a Prayer”, “You Give Love a Bad Name”, “Bad Medicine”, “Born to Be My Baby”, “Dude (Looks Like a Lady), “Angel”, “What it Takes”, “Crazy”, “We All Sleep Alone”, “Just Like Jesse James”, “Poison”, “The Cup Of Life” and “Livin’ la Vida Loca” – wikipedia.
Child applied for Hungarian citizenship, and he is now offically a Hungarian citizen. He also maintains good relations with Prime Minister Viktor Orbán. The production however, caught up in political wrangling. It is attacked by both the liberal media and some segment of the nationalist press claiming that the song was a recycled version of an earlier release. Child claims that the song was a work in progress and although an earlier version of it indeed has been released it wasn’t the final version.
Dóra Dúró, deputy group leader of Jobbik, told a press conference on Thursday that the budget for a song ordered to be the official anthem of the 1956 Memorial Year was shrouded in secrecy. Citing unnamed experts, she said that a sum of 10 million forints (EUR 33,000) should have been a fair price for the song, rather than five times as much as reported in the press. She added that her party had filed a criminal complaint. Dúró was referring to music by American-Hungarian songwriter Desmond Child, who reported recycled a song written nine years ago for a sports event in Miami. Read more HERE.
An English language version of the song is also planned.