June 28, 2010 –
Los Angeles, CA June 28, 2010
SimonReplacement.com Voting Update with Joel Diamond Leading.

After a month of preliminary voting at SIMON REPLACEMENT .COM for a Simon Cowell replacement for the hit show, AMERICAN IDOL, a trend has developed. Joel Diamond, record producer and manager, has emerged as the overall leader by a large margin, with a huge number of votes in. Although SimonReplacement.com voting will continue another month, Joel Diamond is presently the far and away vote leader.

Joel Diamond, perhaps thought lessor known by the public, is an record industry-recognized force and has been over several decades. His selection would bring credibility and Simon-like quality to American Idol, from the comments made. His long list of major hits and major clients makes him an obvious choice for a quick judge of talent.

Other candidates include: Harry Connick, Jr., Jamie Foxx, Sir Elton John, Quincy Jones, Tommy Mattola and Brett Michaels. Write-in candidates include David Hasselhoff and Englebert Humperdink, and Gene Simmons

SimonReplacement.com thanks the fans for participating in the voting and looks forward to a successful outcome in the ultimate replacement of Simon Cowell on American Idol. The voting has been heavy, with comments and suggestions being helpful. Anticipated traffic was larger than expected, and we have made available additional resources to accommodate those traffic loads.

http://simonreplacement.com

Preston Drew
Preston@simonreplacement.com

A few months ago my friend producer/ manager, Joel Diamond, who’s under consideration to replace Simon Cowell on “American Idol”, and I were talking about the problems facing America today.Both of us wished that we could do more to help the country that has given us so many opportunities. The next day I got an e-mail from him, which he has allowed me to reprint.

Dear Artie,

I’m not a politician or even a reality show star; I’m just a guy who loves America and everything it stands for!  We are dealing with more crises at the same time than any other point in our history…but we cannot let it get us down.

While the rest of the world is in turmoil, we can proudly say that we have never turned away from a challenge because it looked too difficult or when it looked impossible.

I truly believe in America and the unifying power of music. It moved me so much that I recorded this brand new version of “UNITED WE STAND” by the Joel Diamond Experience featuring Benny Mardones and Teresa James in preparation for the 10th anniversary of 911.  Upon completion of this recording, I realized that America needed to hear it NOW!  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3sil-Hdlipo

“UNITED WE STAND, DIVIDED WE FALL AND IF OUR BACKS SHOULD EVER BE AGAINST THE WALL …WE’LL BE TOGETHER…TOGETHER YOU AND I.”

Happy Birthday America! July 4th, 2010

Your friend always,

Joel Diamond

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HEAR YOUR ALL-TIME TOP 40 SUMMER FAVORITES on the radio! All day today, SCOTT SHANNON will be featuring selections from YOUR ALL-TIME TOP 40 SUMMER FAVORITES on The True Oldies Channel … you can “Listen Live” here: 94.7 WLS-FM

I wanted to do a blog about summer, but I didn’t have any ideas, until I read the blog today from Kent Kotal and FORGOTTEN HITS. The readers of this ’60s and ’70s music forum voted on the TOP 40 ALL –TIME SUMMER FAVORITES!

I was not only impressed with the final list, but also how it was arrived at. Kent questioned, “What if you asked the REAL oldies fans out there … the ones who have seen their share of summers over the years … they’ve seen the various trends come and go … I just couldn’t help but wonder what songs best evoke the Spirit of Summer in the eyes and ears of The REAL Oldies Fans? (Of course, I suppose I could have simply listed MY All-Time Summer Favorites … but to me, that approach always seems to take on a “I Know Music and You Don’t” connotation … or, as I like to call it, the “Jann Wenner Philosophy of Music”!)

So, instead … in 2001, we polled our readers … and received about 400 responses … hardly an overwhelming or decisive amount (but you have to remember that we did have a much smaller circulation then … and we were also polling a pretty selective audience.)

In 2006, we decided to ask our readers again to vote for their All-Time Summer Favorites. This time about 2100 people responded … yet the majority of The Top Ten remained the same. Hmmm … maybe a trend was beginning to develop here … maybe these really ARE the All-Time Summer Favorites.

Just to be sure, we asked our readers AGAIN in 2010 … and this time we received about 9200 votes!!! And guess what … the SAME song that came in at #1 in 2001 … and ALSO came in at #1 in 2006 … came in at #1 AGAIN in 2010!!! And by an increasingly larger margin each time. (Enough so to officially proclaim this year’s victory a LANDSLIDE!)

That’s good enough for me!!! I believe that we can unequivocally state FOR THE RECORD that the list you are about to review is, WITHOUT QUESTION, representative of The All-Time Favorite Songs Of Summer as determined by The Oldies Nation. (See if you agree!)”


1. SUMMER IN THE CITY – The Lovin’ Spoonful (#1 each and every time we’ve run this poll … and by a LANDSLIDE this year too!)

2. A SUMMER SONG – Chad and Jeremy

3. HOT FUN IN THE SUMMERTIME – Sly and the Family Stone (These two tracks have ALWAYS finished near the top of the list … but this is the first time they’ve flip-flopped their ranking!)

4. ALL SUMMER LONG – The Beach Boys (The Beach Boys have placed in The Top Ten every time we’ve done the poll … yet it’s been a different song each time that earned this honor.

5. IN THE SUMMERTIME – Mungo Jerry
(Just try not to sing along with THIS one … I dare ya!)

6. THEME FROM “A SUMMER PLACE” – Percy Faith
(A Summer Favorite … and an Instrumental Favorite … the vocal version by

7. SUMMERTIME – Billy Stewart (A popular song, “Summertime” was nominated by everybody from Billy Stewart to Janis Joplin to Billie Holiday to American Idol Winner Fantasia Barrino!)

8. SUMMERTIME BLUES – Eddie Cochran (Likewise, this one earned votes for Eddie Cochran, The Who and Blue Cheer,all of whom recorded successful versions of this summertime classic!)

9. CALIFORNIA GIRLS – The Beach Boys

10. SUMMERTIME, SUMMERTIME – The Jamies

11. I GET AROUND – The Beach Boys

12. HERE COMES SUMMER – Jerry Keller

13. CALIFORNIA SUN – The Rivieras

14. SURFIN’ USA – The Beach Boys

15. DANCING IN THE STREET – Martha and the Vandellas

16. SEALED WITH A KISS – Brian Hyland

17. FUN FUN FUN – The Beach Boys (Is there a better summer song that this one??? And it was released in FEBRUARY!!!

18. SCHOOL’S OUT – Alice Cooper   

19. SATISFACTION – The Rolling Stones

20. WONDERFUL SUMMER – Robin Ward

(A #1 Record here in Chicago!)

Now Artie Wayne cleverly slips in a plug. I wasn’t going to let this golden oldie opportunity to go by and not mention that I have a connection to 15 out of the first TOP 20 records listed.

I gave up some precious mastering time at Bellsound in N.Y.to my friend Artie Ripp so he could master “Summer in the City”!

My partner Kelli Ross and I ran Leslie Gore’s publishing companies which included “California Nights”.

Kelli and I also represented the publishing companies of Peter Udell and Gary Geld “Sealed with a Kiss”.

I helped get my pal from the past Alice Cooper (“School’s Out”) get on the first show of my former manager, Don Kirshner’s “In Concert” series on ABC.

When I was General Mgr. of Warner Brothers Music we ran Sly Stone’s publishing company which included “Hot Fun in the Summertime”! We also published Gershwin’s “Summertime”, Eddie Cochran’s “Summertime Blues”, and “Theme from a Summer Place”.

I sang with Jerry Keller (“Here Comes Summer”) and Ron Dante (“Sugar, Sugar”) as the Duprees for one record.

When I was running Irving – Almo music, I represented Mungo Jerry’s “In The Summerrtime”, and five Brian Wilson songs in the first TOP 20, “All Summer Long”, “California Girls”, “I Get Around”, “Surfin’ USA”, and “Fun, Fun, Fun”.

FOR THE COMPLETE LIST FORGOTTEN HITS OF THE TOP 40 ALL-TIME SUMMER FAVORITES Click here: Forgotten Hits

To reach Scott Shannon  http://scottshannon.com

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IF Y’ALL ARE IN NASHVILLE THIS WEEK AT THE NAMM CONVENTION, MAKE SURE YOU STOP BY TO SEE MY FRIENDS FELIX THE CAT AND PRODUCER/ CARTOONIST DON ORIOLO AT THEIR BOOTH. YOU CAN CHECK OUT THE ORIOLO LINE OF GUITARS AND EVEN GET A CHANCE TO PLAY THE NEW FELIX THE CAT ELECTRIC GUITAR I TOLD YOU ABOUT A FEW MONTHS AGO.

FOR MORE INFORMATION GO HTTP://FELIXTHECAT.COM

WHEN YOU GET TIRED OF PICKIN’ YOU CAN READ MY EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH FELIX,THE MOST POPULAR CAT IN THE WORLD! HTTP://ARTIEWAYNE.WORDPRESS.COM/2010/04/22/A-CONVERSATION-WITH-FELIX-THE CAT/

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We’re in the middle of an earworm epidemic and there’s nothing we can do about it! There’s no vaccination you can take to prevent it! There’s no medicine to take once you’ve got it! There’s only one thing you can do…sit back and let Usher and Lady GaGa deal with it!

The first time I heard about earworms was from my late friend producer Hank Medress (“He’s So Fine”, “Tie A Yellow Ribbon”) when I interviewed him for Spectropop i

Artie – I remember on one of my trips back to New York, I dropped by to see you at EMI and you introduced me to Buster Poindexter. You played me a record you just cut with him that’s still one of my favorites, ‘Hot, Hot, Hot!’

Hank – That’s interesting, ’cause ‘Hot, Hot, Hot!’ became another one of my earworms.

Artie – Earworms?

Hank – Yeah, the kinds of songs that come into your head while you’re showering or when you’re walking. You don’t want them in your head.

Artie – But they’re in there anyway.

HM: Yeah. I just did an interview for a new TV pilot with Pete Fornatale, who used to be on WNEW radio, called ‘Earworms’, ’cause a lot my records – ‘The Lion Sleeps Tonight’, ‘Hot, Hot, Hot!’ and ‘Tie A Yellow Ribbon’ – fit that description.

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Once there were three hooks TOPS in every pop song, now with recordings and videos longer than they’ve ever been, there are up to NINE hooks in each song!

WARNING VIEWING THESE VIDEOS MIGHT BE HAZARDOUS TO YOUR MENTAL HEALTH!



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I’ve always considered Jimmy Dean to be the first successful rapper with his classic “Big Bad John”. Although the song was rooted in country music the “talking blues” approach made it more accessible to a wider audience.

Although Jimmy Dean was a good singer he became the ultimate storyteller and spoke his way to super stardom on hits that included “PT 109”, and “Dear Ivan”. Even the brothers in my ‘hood gave him his props and didn’t try to beat my ass when I played him loud on my transistor radio.

When I met him signing autographs in 1959, outside the stage door at the Dick Clark Saturday Night Show, he looked at me quizzically and wrote in my autograph book, “Didn’t I just see you at the Pat Boone Show?”, where I was always the only “colored” person in the audience. I just smiled sheepishly and said yes.

I considered Jimmy Dean a role model and always thought of him as a good cowboy. When he became a sausage spokesman, I ate pork without fear of getting trichinosis. I also thought his influence on music has long been underrated and finally after all these years he was announced into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2010, though he died before formally inducted.

JIMMY DEAN R.I.P. “ROCK IN PERPETUITY”

Respectfully, Artie Wayne http://artiewayne.wordpress.com/about-artie-wayne/


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Last week BP oil announced that they spent a million dollars to secure the number one spot on all the search engine results, so when you look for “Oil Spill” it directs you to the company’s “comforting and optimistic” website.  Only a month ago friends of mine were laughing at me  for putting any value on being number one on any of these lists! Now they’re asking me how I get up to billion and a half Google search results on just one one of my articles.!

S#!T, I was #1 on Google Search results for the term PATRIOTIC MUSIC VIDEOS for almost four years!  When I started getting thousands of hits on my website every year during this patriotic season, from Memorial Day through 9/11, I realized the value of topping a search results list. Since I started blogging four years ago I’ve been #1 over 50 times, with various different search terms.

Last year I had two songs I co-wrote released on four Michael Jackson posthumously released albums, and three weeks before Christmas, me and my cousin Sharon Link, contacted every Michael Jackson fan club in the world and alerted them to the 17 videos up on the Internet of a song I co – wrote for Michael Jackson with George Clinton, Jr., (just Google MICHAEL JACKSON LITTLE CHRISTMAS TREE. ) 1,650,000,000

I’ve known the power of Google for a long time. In my role as internet consultant I use Google to improve my client’s presence on the web, and promote my blog to an audience I couldn’t have dreamed of reaching only a few years ago.

I’m proud to say that I was the first to tout Tommy James’ shocking new book  (just Google ME, THE MOB, AND THE MUSIC) and the first to report on who is under consideration the new judge on “American Idol” with over 100, 000   Google search results (Google DIAMOND TO REPLACE COWELL)

Now I’m in the throes of an ambitious campaign to help bring America back together with the unifying power of music. Here’s the first of some NEW PATRIOTIC MUSIC VIDEOS I’m gathering starting with The Joel Diamond Experience and the brilliant remake of “UNITED WE STAND” featuring Benny Mardones and Teresa James!

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