I first met Charlie Fach in 1962 when I was 19, hanging out in songwriter Paul Vance’s office. While waiting for Paul to return from lunch, Charlie played me his new release on SMASH, “Hey Baby”, by Bruce Channel and made me feel like I was really part of the music business!

From then on, whenever I had a hot master, Charlie was always the first one I’d show it to. Even when a couple of records I sold him bombed, he would encourage me to come back and say, “Don’t worry, your next production could be your first hit!”

Over the years Charlie signed me as an artist to Smash a couple of times, and when he started his label Intrepid records, I produced a few acts for him. Although we never had any hits together, I consider myself lucky to have learned so much from him, and most of all to have been his friend.

When promotion man Herb Rosen told me of his passing he said, “I have known Charlie Fach for over 50 years and have never met a better record man or a truer friend. Charlie lived the record business day and night. I will miss him.”

Here are some comments other friends have made.

When promotion man Herb Rosen told me of his passing he said, “I have known Charlie Fach for over 50 years and have never met a better record man or a truer friend. Charlie lived the record business day and night. I will miss him.”

Here are some comments other friends have made.

“Charlie Fach had great ears and was an early role model for me. Everything a great A &R man should be. I was 16 and he didn’t know me, but answered my calls when I had a master to play for him. I was very nervous going to see a major label guy, especially at Mercury/Smash, which was always a hot label mostly because of Charlie, but he was so warm and friendly. He would really listen, and had a way of turning you down that still left you feeling good about what you had created. He was right so many times with so many hits.

When I become head of A&R at RCA, I often found myself thinking about how Charlie would handle a specific problem I was having. I knew that I didn’t have his gift or his kindness. It was interesting to watch the Mercury/Smash slide when they moved him to the sidelines. Obviously he was the difference.

One of the nicest and most professional people I’ve ever met. My life is a better life for having known him.”

Warren Schatz

So sorry Artie, another good guy bites the dust. Rest In Peace my Brother.”

 Jerry Heller

“Sorry to hear about his passing. Was it expected?”

Steven Machat

“I remember him; he was always nice to me.”

Billy Vera

Charlie Fach with Bachman -Turner overdrive obviously “Takin’ Care of Business”

AS ARTIE WAYNE KNOWS i SPENT QUITE A WHILE WORKING WITH CHARLIE FACH WHEN WE WERE TOGETHER AT MERCURY. HE WAS ONE OF THE RARE GENTLEMAN THAT I CROSSED PASSED WITH IN MY CAREER AND I LOVED WORKING WITH CHARLIE.I MISS HIM AND OUR MEMORIES.,

ARTIE KORNFELD

“As my buddy Wavy Gravy is fond of saying when pals pass, “Good Grief.”

Lee Housekeeper

“A brilliant record man!”

 Steve Cropper

“My thoughts go out to the family”

Rick Garvin

“I’m very sorry to hear this, Artie.”

Bill LaBounty

“He’s sadly passing to another calling…respect!”

Kenny Young

“Wow.  I remember Charlie from 1650 Broadway when I had my office up there and he had his own small label (Intrepid records) Sad”

 Seth Greenky

Charlie Fach with Kool and The Gang

“Sad to hear about Charlie. I did some early producing for him in the old West 57th Street studio. It was a great old four track board, but eventually wound up at the Warner studio in the Newsweek building instead.”

Jim Nash

“Charlie was a huge influence in my decision to make record production and the music business my lifelong career I found a very talented male singer and cut a single on him in 1965 I didn’t know Charlie and made a cold call to Mercury He was very gracious and spent close to an hour advising me on how to navigate the music waters This in turn led to my bringing the track to Art Talmadge And Gene Pitney and producing Gene and being hired as a staff producer/a&r At the lable Thank You Charlie RIP”

George Tobin

Charlie was a mentor for me for thirty years and was one of the most willing people to share knowledge than I ever met. I’ll send you some more tomorrow if it’s not too late. Charlie was a good man. I never heard an unkind word said about him.

 Bob Kirsh

“I reped Smash records in the early 60’s working for JK Distributing in Detroit. Alan Mink (deceased) was the Smash regional guy and I remember the company being very successful during Charlie’s tenure”

 Harvey Cooper

“I will always remember Charlie promoting me on Roger Miller’s “Chug-a-Lug” in 64 right in the middle of the English Invasion….”If for no other reason, give an American artist a break”….we did at KQV and the record broke in Pittsburgh, picked up by Gavin and started a career for Roger nationally.  Charlie presented me with a gold record….”it all started right here” he said. Good guy…”

John Rook

“Charlie Fach was the king of understanding low rent/low fi/under financed record productions. He acquired most of the great one hit wonders that appeared on Smash Records. He told me more than once that he understood my production technique of the first Runaways album. He got it. Thank You, Charlie. You will be missed.

Sincerely, Kim Fowley”

When my old friend, Artie Wayne, told me about the passing of Charlie Fach, I was/ am sadder than the usual sad we feel when someone passes on…’cause Charlie was the real  deal. Mr. Fach did it all- and did it all with such class.

When I first met him, he was playing sax at a charitable event. Charlie having been a musician himself gave him even more credibility. He had great ears and camaraderie with songwriters and singers and he could sell others better than he could sell himself. He was instrumental in Making Jerry Lee Lewis, Roger Miller, Vern Gosdin and a host of others household names.  

There weren’t a lot of females writing song like there are now when I first started. He treated this girl–and all the ladies i knew, for that matter, with such respect. He was refreshing. Now even in death he teaches us yet another priceless lesson. Simply put, we don’t have forever so when someone has enhanced our lives even in some small way we must make it a point to at least make a phone call to say “hello” and pay a personal tribute while we still can.

My heart goes out to your family–those who knew you best, loved you longest and carried your name with pride…those who will miss you even more than all the rest of us. They were lucky to have you, and so were those of us who had the privilege of knowing you over all these years. I hope you and my dear husband Ron Anton (he liked you, too!!) are reminiscing in Heaven long about now. Two of the really good guys!

I don’t say “goodbye” I just say” so long….great job…and until we say “hello” again at the gate, please watch over us. We love you, and love is Eternal.”

Dene Hofheinz Anton

l-r Buddy Killen, Burt Reynolds, Bobby Goldsboro, and Charlie Fach

Bless you, Charlie Fach, may you ROCK IN PERPETUITY!

Respectfully, your friend, Artie Wayne http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/53813

Special thanks to Charlie Fach jr, Herb Rosen, Mike Edwards, and Sally Stevens http://rockphiles.typepad.com/ for helping to put this tribute together.

For the obituary and information on the memorial service www.hermitagefh.com

Copyright 2011 by Artie Wayne 

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With all of the great music and artists they had to work with, the producers of “BABY, IT’S YOU” seem to have blown it. I can’t give you a first hand report, since some “bloggers” weren’t considered important enough to be given tickets to the show, but here is the New York Times review.

April 27, 2011
NY Times Theater Review | ‘Baby It’s You!

Girl Group Tale Is Reharmonized

By CHARLES ISHERWOOD
“Mama said there’ll be shows like this. But she didn’t tell me there would be quite so many, or that any one of them could be this dismal.
If you recognize the lyrical allusion in that first sentence, you may have guessed that my subject today is “Baby It’s You!” the new Broadway musical about the pioneering girl group the Shirelles, which opened Wednesday night at the Broadhurst Theater.
If you do not recognize the allusion, you may now be wondering if the world was crying out for a Broadway musical about the pioneering girl group the Shirelles. The answer is probably not, but Broadway has increasingly become a booming marketplace for boomer nostalgia, a national resource that could solve our energy problems in a trice if it could somehow be converted into kilowatts.
“Baby It’s You!,” which at least offers a distaff twist on the recent songbook musicals stuffed with 1960s chart toppers, also earns a smidgen of respect — is there anything smaller than a smidgen, by the way? — through the blatant acknowledgment of its status as just another item in a popular product line. As the show begins, a giant image of a jukebox is flashed upon the curtain, in case anyone has wandered in expecting to see that meaty dramatic opus from London, or just something remotely original.” for the entire review click onto

http://theater.nytimes.com/2011/04/28/theater/reviews/baby-its-you-story-of-the-shirelles-review.html

Even though I was signed to Scepter Records I got a salary, for writing and producing the Shirelles, The Guess Who, and The Kingsmen, I never received one penny in royalties. I’m sorry to hear that Florence Greenberg, who once loomed so large in our industry, has been given such a poor tribute.

FOR A PERSONAL TRIBUTE TO MY OLD BOSS FLORENCE GREENBERG  http://artiewayne.wordpress.com/2010/04/21/a-tribute-to-florence-greenberg/

SHAME ON YOU “BABY, IT’S YOU” PRESS AGENTS http://artiewayne.wordpress.com/2011/04/26/shame-on-you-baby-its-you-publicists/http://artiewayne.wordpress.com/2011/04/26/shame-on-you-baby-its-you-publicists/

BEING THE FIRST TO HEAR “WILL YOU LOVE ME TOMORROW” FROM CAROLE KING http://artiewayne.wordpress.com/2006/09/14/aldon-music-at-1650-broadway-and-a-historic-encounter-with-carole-king/

IN THE STUDIO PRODUCING THE SHIRELLES http://artiewayne.wordpress.com/2009/12/19/the-shirelles-christmas-song-mama-my-soldier-boys-coming-home/

Copyright 2011 by Artie Wayne http://artiewayne.wordpress.com/about-artie-wayne/

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In the tradition of the the old music business where the artists are the last to get paid, it’s DeJa Vu all over again! The producers of “Baby, It’s You” didn’t bother to get permission to use the Shirelles copyrighted name and group filed suit today to stop the show from opening tonight!

By MARK KENNEDY Associated Press Drama Writer
NEW YORK April 27, 2011 (AP)
Producers of the Broadway musical “Baby, It’s You!” were slapped with a lawsuit Wednesday only hours before opening night by several musicians including Dionne Warwick and three of the four original members of The Shirelles claiming their names and likeness were used without permission.

The complaint filed in New York State’s Supreme Court alleges the producers of the musical did not get permission from Warwick, Chuck Jackson or Beverly Lee, Doris Coley Jackson and Addie Harris Jackson of The Shirelles to portray them on stage. It seeks unspecified damages.

“These national treasures were taken advantage of at the infancy of their careers,” said Oren Warshavsky, a lawyer at Baker Hostetler, which filed the lawsuit. “Now they have to watch it done to them again on stage and once more not get paid.”

Paul McGuire a representative for the show’s producers — Warner Bros. Theater Ventures Inc., Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. and Broadway Baby, LLC — said they had not received the lawsuit and would not comment.

The show, which stars Tony Award winner Beth Leavel, traces the career of recording executive Florence Greenberg, who discovered several acts at the dawn of rock ‘n’ roll. It features actors portraying The Shirelles, Warwick and Jackson, and performances of some of the songs they made top sellers.

The Shirelles were formed in 1958 in New Jersey and had hits with “Will You Love Me Tomorrow,” “Dedicated to the One I Love,” “Mama Said,” “Soldier Boy” and “Baby, It’s You.” Among the tunes for which Jackson was known: “I Don’t Want to Cry” and “Any Day Now.” Warwick’s hits include “Walk on By” and “Don’t Make Me Over.”

The musical, which has a story written by Floyd Mutrux and Colin Escott, began previews on March 26 and officially opens at the Broadhurst Theatre on Wednesday evening.”

For my other articles on Florence Greenberg, “BABY, IT”S YOU”, Carole King, and the Shirelles

FOR A PERSONAL TRIBUTE TO MY OLD BOSS FLORENCE GREENBERG  http://artiewayne.wordpress.com/2010/04/21/a-tribute-to-florence-greenberg/

SHAME ON YOU “BABY, IT’S YOU” PRESS AGENTS http://artiewayne.wordpress.com/2011/04/26/shame-on-you-baby-its-you-publicists/http://artiewayne.wordpress.com/2011/04/26/shame-on-you-baby-its-you-publicists/

ON BEING THE FIRST TO HEAR “WILL YOU LOVE ME TOMORROW” FROM CAROLE KING http://artiewayne.wordpress.com/2006/09/14/aldon-music-at-1650-broadway-and-a-historic-encounter-with-carole-king/

IN THE STUDIO PRODUCING THE SHIRELLES http://artiewayne.wordpress.com/2009/12/19/the-shirelles-christmas-song-mama-my-soldier-boys-coming-home/

Copyright 2011 by Artie Wayne http://artiewayne.wordpress.com/about-artie-wayne/

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After writing a few articles about my old boss Florence Greenberg and the Broadway show “BABY, IT”S YOU” I got a letter from the show’s publicist,

”Hope you are doing well! I wanted to follow up and let you know that BABY IT’S YOU will be hosting a Blogger Night! If you are interested, Follow the directions on the page to win a pair of tickets to the show…Let me know if you have any questions!”

 Yeah…I’ve got one question, “ARE YOU CRAZY?” WIN a pair of tickets? I’m disabled and I live in the California desert, and I might’ve considered going to New York to see the show when it opens now I DON’T THINK SO! WIN a pair of tickets indeed?

I may not be Perez Hilton, but I have over 1,840,000 views on Artie Wayne on the Web and 40 years worth of credentials as an “underground tastemaker” from helping to break “Jesus Christ Superstar” http://artiewayne.wordpress.com/2006/07/31/jesus-christ-superstar-ascends-2/  to being the first to rave about Tommy James book, “Me, The Mob, and The Music” http://artiewayne.wordpress.com/2010/02/09/tommy-james-shocking-new-book-methe-mob-and-the-music/

 I may not have a huge following, but my readers are amazingly influential as you can see from the comments made at the bottom of these articles http://artiewayne.wordpress.com/2009/08/28/ellie-greenwich-r-i-p-rock-in-perpetuity/ as well as http://artiewayne.wordpress.com/2010/04/15/whos-going-to-replace-simon-cowell-ron-fair-or-joel-diamond/

 BTW, I googled Florence Greenberg “Baby, It’s You” and here’s what came up.

  1. The Shirelles – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    The Beatles also covered “Baby It’s You” on their album Please, Please Me in 1963. A school friend had them audition for her mother, Florence Greenberg,
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  2. A TRIBUTE TO FLORENCE GREENBERG! « Artie Wayne On The Web

    Apr 21, 2010 Tags: Artie Kornfeld, Artie Ripp, Baby it’s You” the play, brooks arthur, ed silvers, florence greenberg, Larry Weiss, Marv Schlacter,
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  3. News & Reviews – Baby It’s You! – Official Broadway Site

    Inspired by the true story of Florence Greenberg, the woman who in the late 1950’s took the male-dominated music industry by storm, Baby It’s You! is a new
    babyitsyouonbroadway.com/news.htmlCached

I wonder how my friend Artie Ripp, one of the producers of “BABY, IT”S YOU” is going to respond when he finds out how his publicity is being handled (he also is one my readers).

 I wish the show well, but don’t expect me or any of my inconsequential “blogger friends” to support it.

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

P.S. last night I put this article up on Facebook and got these responses.

Todd Everett I should point out that you could have seen the show here in L.A. — it played forever at the Coast Playhouse (where I saw it), then had its “premiere” at the Pasadena Playhouse. Changed quite a bit, I guess, between the two; and probably between Pasadena and Broadway. I paid for my ticket, though through Goldstar

Ellen Sander Jeez if they had to comp every blogger, they’d have nothing left to sell!

 Artie Wayne MAYBE I’M SPOILED, BUT THE LAST SEATS I PAID FOR WERE THE BEATLES AT CARNEGIE HALL AND WAS PISSED OFF HAVING TO PAY $10.00 EACH!

Sally Stevens Artie’s point was that he’s been blogging about Florence for quite some time, as he used to work with her back in the day. It’s a little different from “every blogger.” He still comes up in the top three in the Google rankings when you search Florence.

Tom Tom Slocum Artie is correct..

Ellen Sander I do see his point.

Copyright 2011 by Artie Wayne http://artiewayne.com

Here’s my best article on Florence Greenberg and, “BABY, IT’S YOU” http://artiewayne.wordpress.com/2010/04/21/a-tribute-to-florence-greenberg/

FLASH!!!!!!!! THIS JUST CAME IN FROM MARK KENNEDY ASSOCIATED PRESS DRAMA WRITER!

By MARK KENNEDY AP Drama Writer

NEW YORK April 27, 2011 (AP)
Producers of the Broadway musical “Baby, It’s You!” were slapped with a lawsuit Wednesday only hours before opening night by several musicians including Dionne Warwick and three of the four original members of The Shirelles claiming their names and likeness were used without permission.

The complaint filed in New York State’s Supreme Court alleges the producers of the musical did not get permission from Warwick, Chuck Jackson or Beverly Lee, Doris Coley Jackson and Addie Harris Jackson of The Shirelles to portray them on stage. It seeks unspecified damages.

“These national treasures were taken advantage of at the infancy of their careers,” said Oren Warshavsky, a lawyer at Baker Hostetler, which filed the lawsuit. “Now they have to watch it done to them again on stage and once more not get paid.” For complete story http://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/wireStory?id=13470008

OK…ENOUGH FRIVOLITY! HAVE YOU HEARD ABOUT MY NEW AUTOBIOGRAPHY “I DID IT FOR A SONG”, NOT ONLY DOES IT CHRONICLE MY 50 YEARS IN THE MUSIC BUSINESS..IT REVEALS THE SECRET OF LIFE ITSELF!  http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/53813

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The first time I met producer Huey Meaux was at Harold Lipsius’ office at Jaime/ Guyden records in Philadelphia, in 1964. The next time I saw him was a few hours later as we shared a train ride back to New York City with our unsold masters in one hand and a drink in another.

I’d run into him from time in Florence Greenberg’s office up at Scepter Records or at one of the trade papers. He was always the character in his cowboy hat filled to the brim with questionable jokes and his bag chock full of the records he was pushing.

The Houston Times did a good obituary on him. http://blogs.houstonpress.com/rocks/2011/04/controversial_producer_huey_me.php but you can learn more about Huey from the artists that he found and the records that he produced. Here is one of my favorites.

If you have a good story to tell about Huey, please leave it in the comments below.

Huey Meaux R.I.P. ROCK IN PERPETUITY!

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

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I doubt if you remember me, but many years ago you stopped me while I was “strutting” down Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles, to ask where I got the hand-painted jacket I was wearing. I said I made it and sold them out of ”Genghis Cohen,” a high-end Chinese restaurant, which I named and hosted.

You laughed when I told you that, the night before, Miles Davis had tried to get me to give him the $2,500 creation for free because “he was an artist and people gave him things for free,” and I had to tell him, “What am I? Chopped liver?”

You asked me to get in touch with you, but I didn’t because I was starting to lose control of my hands and my ability to paint.

I hope it’s not too late to reach out to you.

I’ve written a book, “I DID IT FOR A SONG,” which I have just published which recounts my 50 years in and around the music business, including historic musical events and lots of reminiscences about many of your friends, including Michael Jackson, who recorded a couple of my songs, Quincy Jones who’s publishing I represented for 5 years, Ashford and Simpson who I helped get to MOTOWN.

It’s also a tale of my triumph over adversity. I no longer have the ability to walk, nor do I have control of my hands except for one finger, which I use to type.

My blog has over 1,800.000 views http://artiewayne.wordpress.com and my book, which has taken over four years to complete was released last week. http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/53813 (if you have one of your staff contact me I’ll send you a copy).

Oprah – you are an inspiration to so many people, as am I in my own way, but I want to reach millions like you do. You are one of the few people on earth who understand what I’m trying to do, and might help me achieve that goal.

I’ll never give up because I believe, “There is always hope and if you can only lift one finger…you still can point the way!

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

For information on my book “I Did It For A Song” http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/53813

Photo of me in the jacket by Patti Dahlstrom  http://pattidahlstrom.com

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I HOPE YOU ALL WILL ENJOY CARRIE UNDERWOOD WITH VINCE GILL SINGING “HOW GREAT THOU ART”. It’s one of best, if not THE BEST version I’ve ever heard!

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