Sometimes I may be the lone soldier you see and hear who is asking questions, seeking answers, and unearthing revelations but I am uplifted and humbled by the crowd who is joining me in the quest.

About a month ago I did a story on how some artists like JUSTIN BEIBER AND LADY GAGA, get paid per view on YouTube (which are in the millions) while a new or lesser known artist gets nothing!! http://artiewayne.wordpress.com/2011/09/22/can-youtube-save-the-music-business/

As usual I got some excellent comments from many of my irate, influential, and powerful  readers who joined the battle to get justice for everyone, then the week before last I received an e-mail from YouTube telling me NOW I could get paid for every view, by splitting fees from ads placed beside my video. I got so excited that before I looked to see where to sign up I emailed my supportive friends that we had won our latest battle against the powers that be.

Dear ArtieWayne,

Your YouTube account ArtieWayne might be eligible to earn revenue from the playbacks of your videos.

Making money from your videos is easy. Here’s how it works: First sign into your YouTube account. Then review and complete the steps outlined here: (BLANK URL)

If your account is enabled, we may place ads next to the videos you submit for monetization. You will earn a share of the revenue from the ads as long as you meet the program requirements.

Thanks and good luck!

The YouTube Team

 When I clicked onto the url it said, “ERROR NOT ELGIBLE FOR THIS FEATURE”.

I REALIZED THEY WERE THUMBING THEIR NOSES AT ME…BUT IN THE PROCESS THEY ADMITTED THEY ARE PAYING SOME PEOPLE AND NOT PAYING OTHERS…EXACTLY AS I SUSPECTED!

Then about a dozen friends told me that late last week they were sent same email I was sent by youtube, but were allowed to sign up.

Then this article ran in the New York Times http://finance.yahoo.com/family-home/article/113715/cash-in-youtube-video-nytimes

I’m happy to say that ARTIE WAYNE ON THE WEB has been able to change the questionable ACCOUNTING policies of giant corporations. I’m even happier to say that some of my investigations have led to the discontinuing of certain practices and released millions of dollars into the hands of people it belonged to! But this clever act of appeasement by YouTube isn’t enough!

(I’M NOT SHOUTING…BUT IT’S EASIER TO TYPE THIS WAY WITH ONE FINGER)

NOW I APPRECIATE THE MEAGER OFFERING THAT HAS BEEN SO WELL ORCHESTRATED AND WELL PUBLICIZED BY YOUTUBE…BUT NOW I WANT TO BE PAID RETROACTIVELY…I’VE EARNED IT!

LAST CHRISTMAS, THERE WERE 27 VIDEOS UP ON YOUTUBE, WITH COMBINED VIEWS OF OVER 500,000. USING MY SONG “LITTLE CHRISTMAS TREE” (CLINTON JR./ WAYNE) BY MICHAEL I SAW ADS ON THE SIDE OF THE VIDEO, WHICH MEANT SOMEBODY GOT PAID.

IN TWO WEEKS I’LL BE RECEIVING A STATEMENT FROM WARNER BROTHERS MUSIC, THE PUBLISHER OF THE SONG, WHICH I’LL SHARE WITH ALL OF YOU WHICH WILL NOT ONLY SAY HOW MUCH I’VE EARNED FROM YOUTUBE BUT ALSO WHAT I EARNED FROM HAVING TWO OF MY SONGS IN FOUR POSTHMOUS MICHAEL JACKSON CDS.

IN THE TWO AND A HALF YEARS SINCE MICHAELS DEATH I’VE RECEIVED LESS THAN $4000 FROM BOTH SONGS IN MECHANICAL INCOME. LAST WEEK IT WAS ANNOUNCED THAT MICHAEL JACKSON WAS THE HIGHEST PAID CELEBRITY LAST YEAR EARNING $170 MILLION DOLLARS…SOMETHING IS WRONG… SOMETHING IS TERRIBLY WRONG!

                                                            (TO BE CONTINUED)

Copyright 2011 by Artie Wayne

SPECIAL THANKS TO DAWN LEE WAKEFIELD FOR HELPING ME PUT THIS ARTICLE TOGETHER AND FOR SPEARHEADING THE CAMPAIGN TO FIND JUSTICE FOR ME STARTING WITH THE TWO SHOCKING ARTICLES SHE WROTE FOR THE NATIONAL EXAMINER LAST WEEK… http://www.examiner.com/classic-rock-music-in-national/artie-wayne-vs-the-music-industry-can-a-nice-guy-finish-first AS WELL AS

http://www.examiner.com/classic-rock-music-in-national/the-artie-wayne-school-of-music-economics-counting-up-friends-who-count

IF YOU HAVE A PROBLEM GETTING PAID FROM THE POWERS THAT BE PLEASE LEAVE YOUR STORY IN THE PLACE PROVIDED FOR COMMENTS BELOW…THANKS

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

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My longtime friend Grammy winning producer, engineer, and music supervisor Brooks Arthur called me up to thank me for the article I wrote about him a few weeks ago. He also asked if I would post his thank you to everyone who took a moment to write a comment…

Artie:
“Since I do not have access to your entire mailing list, please be kind enough to pass my thank you note along to all your readers for me.

WOW! Quite an experience … thinking I was gonna’ read an article (a little blog) and then BLAMMO, messages and wonderful notes from you, your readers, my colleagues and of course … Friends. Well, truth be known, everyone of you guys and girls and groups and singers & musicians & producers & engineers & studios have helped to make me who I am today. Every session, every moment, every laugh, every tear, every hit recordand those records that should have made it but didn’t, are all a part of my heart forever!

It took alot of doing to scroll thru the tributes and remembrances without welling up a few times, but I powered thru it.
                                                                                                                                                                                                Yours in song, FOREVER!”

 Brooks Arthur http://brooksarthur.com

TO READ THE ARTICLE “SPOTLIGHT ON BROOKS ARTHUR” CLICK ONTO http://artiewayne.wordpress.com/2011/10/12/spotlight-on-brooks-arthur/

This seems to be the year of the documentary, with the Phil Ochs film, “THERE BUT FOR FORTUNE”, and GEORGE HARRISON’S, “LIVING IN THE MATERIAL WORLD”, tearing up our collective conciousness. Now we can look forward to BEACH BOY, DENNIS WILSON and THE COWSILLS coming to theaters, and finally the long awaited film celebrating BOB MARLEY which is in final negotiations, and will be on our screens late next year!

People have been asking me how my stem cell procedure (using my adult stem cells…not embryos) is working. I tell the them that I’ve gone from feeling incredible for a few hours…to feeling like I’m gonna’ die! As the weeks go by though, I’m starting to even out and feel optimistic that I’ll walk again!

IN THE LAST FEW WEEKS WE’VE BEEN READING ABOUT THE “OCCUPY TOGETHER” MOVEMENT, WHERE MILLIONS OF PEOPLE ALL OVER THE WORLD HAVE GATHERED TO PROTEST AGAINST INEQUALITY, MONETARY DISFUNCTION, AND THE DESTRUCTION OF OUR CHILDREN’S FUTURE.

WHEN ASKED IF SHE WOULD ALLOW HER SONG, “SHINE” TO BE USED AS THE ANTHEM FOR THE MOVEMENT, SINGER/SONGWRITER HEIDI LITTLE, SAID SHE’S “HAPPY TO LET ANY ORGANIZATION USE HER SONG AS LONG AS IT’S IN THE NAME OF PEACE.”  http://heidilittle.com

TO HEAR “SHINE” CLICK ONTO http://artiewayne.wordpress.com/2011/10/21/occupy-together-and-heidi-little-shine/

The quote of the day comes from Producer, composer, and all around good guy, QUINCY JONES. Even though I haven’t seen Q in years, I remember the time that we spent together as one of the highlights of my life! I read something recently he said to his critics that inspires me whenever I get low on self esteem.  “Not one drop of my self-worth depends on your acceptance of me”

AFTER BEING RAINED OUT LAST MONTH, MY FRIEND DON ORIOLLO, WILL BE HAVING HIS ART SHOW IN FLORIDA, FEATURING HIS PAL, WORLD-WIDE ICON, FELIX THE CAT DEPICTED IN DOZENS OF DIFFERENT SETTINGS AND ART TECHNIQUES. FOR MORE INFORMATION GO TO http://felixthecat.com

Top photo l to r Brooks Arthur, Jeff Barry, and Ellie Greenwich

Photo of Heidi Little and outfit by Stephanie M. Dejoseph of Lamia designs

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Now that I’m going after the bad guys in the music business, The only thing that can keep me safe now is transparency, so I private messaged 100 of my FACEBOOK friends, and told them who the perpetrators might be in the event something happens to me.

It’s funny how many people have been screwed by the same people I have who like my idea of a CLASS ACTION AUDIT of record and publishing companies, but are afraid of retaliation.

CHECK OUT THESE THREE ARTICLES AND THE COMMENTS…IF SOMETHING SIMILAR HAS HAPPENED TO YOU, PLEASE ADD YOUR STORY TO THE REST OF THE COMMENTS …REMEMBER THERE’S POWER IN NUMBERS.

THE UNIVERSAL MUSIC GROUP http://artiewayne.wordpress.com/2011/05/24/the-first-class-action-audit-against-the-universal-music-group/

NICK ASHFORD AND VALERIE SIMPSON AT MOTOWN http://artiewayne.wordpress.com/2006/08/14/breaking-the-motown-sound-barrier-aint-no-mountain-high-enough/

FLORENCE GREENBERG AND SCEPTER RECORDS http://artiewayne.wordpress.com/2010/04/21/a-tribute-to-florence-greenberg/

EXTRA! EXTRA!……STOP THE PRESSES!! DAWN LEE WAKEFIELD OF THE NATIONAL EXAMINER.COM HAS JUST RELEASED PART TWO OF HER STORY ON ME AND MY BATTLE WITH THE MUSIC INDUSTRY!  http://www.examiner.com/classic-rock-music-in-national/the-artie-wayne-school-of-music-economics-counting-up-friends-who-count 

IF YOU HAVEN’T READ PART ONE OF DAWN’S STORY “ARTIE WAYNE VS. THE MUSIC INDUSTRY…CAN A NICE GUY FINISH FIRST?” CLICK ON TO http://www.examiner.com/classic-rock-music-in-national/artie-wayne-vs-the-music-industry-can-a-nice-guy-finish-first

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SPECIAL THANKS TO PHIL X. MILSTEIN FOR CREATING THE TOP PHOTO

WHILE FIGHTING LARGE CORPORATIONS WHO ARE TRYING TO KEEP ROYALTIES AWAY ME AND THOUSANDS OF OTHER ARTISTS, SONGWRITERS AND PUBLISHERSMY ONLY SOURCE OF INCOME IS FROM THE SALE OF MY BOOK. ” I DID IT FOR A SONG”, WITH OVER 100 STORIES FROM THE MUSIC BUSINESS OF THE ’60s, ’70s, and ’80s. I HOPE YOU’LL CONSIDER BUYING ONE DIRECTLY FROM ME THROUGH PAYPAL FOR ONLY $9.99 AT  artiewayne@gmail.com OR BY CHECK TO…ARTIE WAYNE  P.O. BOX 1105, DESERT HOT SPRINGS, CALIFORNIA 92240

THANKS AND REGARDS, ARTIE WAYNE http://artiewayne.wordpress.com/2012/04/10/celebrating-two-million-views-today-on-artie-wayne-on-the-web/

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IN THE LAST FEW WEEKS I’VE BEEN READING ABOUT THE “OCCUPY TOGETHER” MOVEMENT, WHERE MILLIONS OF PEOPLE ALL OVER THE WORLD HAVE GATHERED TO PROTEST AGAINST INEQUALITY, MONETARY DISFUNCTION, AND THE DESTRUCTION OF OUR CHILDREN’S FUTURE.

MY FRIEND SINGER SONGWRITER, HEIDI LITTLE AND I WERE TALKING ABOUT THIS AND I WONDERED HOW LONG IT WILL IT BE BEFORE THE PEACEFUL MOVEMENT ESCALATES INTO VIOLENCE?

Heidi said,”I have always had hope and our future nestled in my heart. I have always spoken and acted out against injustice on all levels. Our hearts and minds have seen and taken in so much devastation, killing, brutality. And all the while I wrote the songs.

Love and care is welling up in the hearts and minds of us all. And not a second too soon. With all of our social and environmental concerns, the growing debates on funding wars when schools are closing and people are starving. It ends with love, compassion and care.

I am sure you have seen the same shocking, brutal footage of police brutality amongst the peaceful  people in our city’s and streets, I would never claim to be so naïve as to believe there weren’t people out there just to cause trouble for troubles sake. Unacceptable !! No one is allowed to touch another person to cause bodily harm. It is illegal. And no one is allowed to do that. I cannot stress this factor enough .  “ If we just stand, hold hands and smile, not even a word needs to be uttered. Just steel iron will “ No one can do anything to a person doing that without being in the wrong.

I have come to learn that In this co creative world,  we get what we think. If we think this movement will make change for the positive, it will ! If we believe that our prayers and hopes are going out to the government and law enforcement so they understand and make the appropriate changes it will ! If we think that each little thing we do for others helps it does! Wherever our intentions are directed they connect !  For better or for worse. How do we want this to turn out? What is the elegant solution? We have all heard it this past week. Stop funding the war, and put the money back into the schools and the people. Rebuilding, reconstructing that which no longer serves the people and the earth.  If killing is legal, we can make anything good stick. And last.

I have been watching the change spread across the globe. And it makes me excited and happy, it gives me great hope, and every day I say the same prayer: God bless the people of the world with clean water, sustainable food, education, health care, dental care, suitable housing, positive role models and care providers for all, clean energy, affordable standards of living, and country’s, states, and city’s that take care of the people first.  We came here to be together. No more divide and conquer.

United we shall overcome.  

Thanks Artie for involving me in the beauty you are creating. We don’t need any more violence, we need love. And that my friend is all I will stand for.

 In love and light your friend in music and positively transforming the planet Heidi Little.

Please have a listen to twenty years of love music at www.heidilittle.com

And if you would like to read more please visit my blog at

http://heidilittle.wordpress.com/2011/09/19/in-our-lifetime 

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“SHINE” THE VIDEO WAS DIRECTED BY WEDIGO WATSON http://www.restlessheartwanderings.blogspot.com/  http://www.youtube.com/user/wally1435
 

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 WHEN I READ THAT MICHAEL JACKSON’S ESTATE EARNED $315 MILLION DOLLARS SINCE MICHAEL PASSED AWAY TWO AND A HALF YEARS AGO, I KNEW THAT SOMETHING WAS WRONG. I HAVE TWO SONGS, “TOUCH THE ONE YOU LOVE” AND “LITTLE CHRISTMAS TREE”, BOTH CO-WRITTEN WITH GEORGE CLINTON, JR., THAT WERE IN FOUR POSTHUMOUS RELEASES…THAT EARNED ME LESS THAN $3OOO.OO IN THE SAME PERIOD OF TIME.

IN FACT, THE LAST QUARTER I DIDN’T EARN A PENNY! WHEN I WROTE ABOUT IT, I WAS CONTACTED BY DAWN LEE WAKEFIELD FROM THE NATIONAL EXAMINER WHO IS HELPING ME NOW TO FIND JUSTICE!

DAWN WROTE, “Reading the Artie Wayne biography, ‘I Did it for a Song,’ readers are moved, nay compelled, to ask themselves two basic questions.

Question 1: Can nice guys finish first in business? Answer: Which business? Response: The Music business.

Question 2: Which nice guy? Answer: Artie Wayne. Response: The answer is up to you, the reader to decide.

Do you know Artie Wayne? If you love rock and roll music, chances are good you’ve heard his name at some point in the last 50 years. And it could be for a number of reasons. Among other things, Wayne is a singer, songwriter, demo guy, promoter, producer, record label executive, nurturer of creativity, messenger of great ideas, and more. He’s more than a Renaissance guy. He’s a futurist, in the best sense of the word.

Most importantly, Wayne’s best skill is having been, and still being ‘the man in the middle’ of some of the best music ever to go from ‘how about this?’ to ‘vinyl is final’ stages. And as Wayne says, ‘he did it for a song.’

Poignantly, that is the exact title of his recently released autobiography, unquestionably one of the best and fastest fun reads of 2011. Have you read ‘I Did it for a Song’ yet? Perhaps you have, if you belong to an elite group of music lovers, who lives and breathes music so much that you haunt vintage record stores and multiple garage sales for that one missing 45 or 33 to define your collection.

Or, you have read it if you’re one of those types to check in often on blogs such as ‘The Pop Culture Addict,’ ‘Forgotten Hits,’ or even ‘Artie Wayne on the Web.’ If so, then you probably scout out treasures on eBay, you have alerts set to find a copy of a song or album that means the world to you. We know you.

You’re also the music lover who reads liner notes and knows the name of the recording studio, the recording engineer, arranger, composer, publisher and who played bass on those Billboard chart hits across the country for the past 50 years, a period in which the genre of rock and roll rose, soared, and crested into the genre we now enjoy as “classic rock music.”

In a Perfect World

In a perfect world, the music industry is an assortment of vibrant personalities, creative talents, unique business and music skills and opportunities to bring all these factors together. When combined, bright people of like minds and commensurate talents find each other, join forces and create great musical works.

Creating a music product that is known and appreciated from Middletown, CT to San Jacinto, CA is usually done for the sheer joy of creation. That’s in a perfect world. But inevitably external variables creep into the equation, introducing imperfections and exceptions, advance sales, chart positions, units moved, power rotations, remainders, returns, pre-orders, gold and platinum certification, the Grammy Awards and who will be nominated for the controversial, dubious Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

So, who is Artie Wayne? He’s a man who lives in that perfect world, believes in the basic goodness of others, and has trusted more than a few people to do the right thing by him, particularly when they said that they would in the first place. During his career, within the upper echelon of the music business, he’s found some of the faith and trust he’s placed in others to be well worth his time.

Others have disappointed him in large measure, but he doesn’t absorb the negative energy of their misdeeds. Instead, he figures it’s just a matter of time before they do right by him. A do-right man, as the song goes.

Artie actually entered this world as Wayne Kent, a great name on two levels. One, it’s strong, to the point, and sounds like a guy who’d grow up to be an executive, doesn’t it? Two, it’s gently amusing that both names comprise portions of the alter egos of two cartoon heroes whom people are always counting on to rescue them and in fact, save the world.

Batman, as you know, was Gotham City millionaire Bruce Wayne by day; and Superman, of course, was mild-mannered reporter Clark Kent, he of the Daily Planet. Put them together and you have Wayne Kent. I doubt he ever once thought about that, yet the longer you visit with Artie Wayne, and the more you learn of his amazing abilities to make others’ dreams come true, as he introduces the world to yet undiscovered talents, the more likely you are to search him for a cape and a mask.

Just Call Him Artie

The name switch came from his being bright enough to use his real name, Wayne Kent, for songs he’d written for ASCAP publishing. His pseudonym for BMI songs was Art Wayne. It was not all that unusual back in the day to have a show biz stage name if you didn’t like the name your parents gave you. But he was savvy enough, early on, to know that he could be in both publishing organizations with a little panache and an extra non de plume. His friend and colleague, Ed Silvers, began calling him ‘Artie,’ and hence, ‘Artie Wayne’ became the bon vivant of the music business. He has not let go of the spotlight yet. He owns it. It belongs to him. That, and a few other things are due him.

How and where he’d get into the music business was never a worry. Artie seemed to have a sixth sense and proclivity for being in the right place at the right time. As a young songwriter working on future hits with a great friend, Ben Raleigh, Artie’s natural confidence and magnetic personality took them far up the ranks in short measure, all because of a positive attitude he still has to this very day. It started with Bo Diddley and Bobby Darin.

Going into Bo Diddley’s backstage dressing room before his appearance on Alan Freed’s TV show, ‘The Big Beat,’ Artie was just hoping for an autograph. Instead, Bo showed him how to get his famous ‘Hey, Bo Diddley’ riff, even tuning Artie’s guitar to an open E-chord for him. The lesson ended when (get this) Jimmy Clanton, Jackie Wilson, and Bobby Darin come through the door, interrupting the lesson to play Diddley a test pressing of Bobby’s song, ‘Dream Lover.’

Incredible Breaks, Breaking Records

Wayne and Darin became good friends, with much in common as two Bronx boys who loved music. Darin encouraged Artie in his songwriting and is responsible for not only starting Artie’s career as a songwriter, he kept it from ending. Artie shared with Darin his excitement, as he was about to sign a management contract with Alan Freed. Darin knew something that Artie (and most of the rest of America) didn’t, that Freed’s house of cards was soon about to come down with the revelation of the payola scam. Darin suggested to Artie that he go see a publishing friend of his who was officing at 1650 Broadway.

What an incredible break that was. Turned out the company was Aldon Music, and the friend was Don Kirschner. And thus began Wayne’s career. His book of 70 chapters is chock full of star-studded stories like this but the funny thing is, Artie doesn’t think of himself as a star and perhaps he’s not. He’s actually a starmaker. He perceives himself to be a regular guy, born under a lucky star, and never does seem to be affected by all the glitz and glamour that were once a part of his daily life.

Without giving the whole story away, Artie’s career went from songwriter/singer, to demo man, to producer, to (with partner Kelli Ross) running Quincy Jones’ New York publishing companies. And he didn’t stop there. At the pinnacle of his career with Warner Brothers Music, his title was General Professional Manager, and Director of Creative Services.

He ran the ‘New York, Nashville and L.A. offices out of Hollywood,’ and represented the ‘songs of Badfinger, Jackson Browne, Bob Dylan, the Faces, 5th Dimension, the Kinks, George Clinton, Gordon Lightfoot, Mahavishnu Orchestra, John McLaughlin, Joni Mitchell, Van Morrison, Graham Nash, Randy Newman, J.D.Souther, Stephen Stills, John Sebastian, Sly and the Family Stone, Carly Simon, Jimmy Webb, Allan Toussaint, Donny Hathaway, Neil Young, Glenn Frey, Don Henley, and Dick and Don Addrisi.’ He was the chief ringleader of a group of brash boys of bravado, ‘The Warner Raiders’, seven stalwart songpluggers whose mission was to know every single song in their catalog and find artists and producers to record them. Their successes were legendary.”

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Hi, Artie,

I know you care deeply about animals, so I want to update you on progress being made in badly-needed animal shelter reform and evolution.

Not only is there great work being done in numerous communities to end most shelter killing, but there is also an organization, Shelter Revolution, showing the way to doing away completely with the “prison” model of animal shelters.

In this vision, these depressing jails are replaced with community Adoption Centers where homeless dogs and cats are showcased in communal living situations, where wagging tails replace frightened faces and cage-induced problems. Think doggy day-care with creative marketing for adoptions. To prepare animals with behavior issues not yet ready to join the groups, a National Rehab Training Center will educate volunteers to foster and work with animals who currently would have little chance of survival.

 If you are interested in knowing more, there is a lot of information here:

 www.shelterrevolution.org

https://www.facebook.com/shelterrevolution

My best to you as always,

Jack Carone.

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THE FIRST TIME I MET PAUL LEKA WAS IN MY FRIEND BOB RENO’S OFFICE AT KAMA-SUTRA RECORDS. PAUL, ONE OF MANY OF BOB’S DISCOVERIES, HAD JUST GONE NUMBER ONE WITH A RECORD HE CO-WROTE AND PRODUCED FOR THE LABEL, “GREEN TAMBOURENE”. WHEN I BROUGHT BOB RENO OVER TO MERCURY RECORDS, AS SOON AS HE COULD HE BROUGHT PAUL LEKA WITH HIM.

“Paul Leka was a friend and a mentor to me.  We worked at Mercury Records and MRC Music together….he was the older more experienced happening producer/writer in our circle and I looked up to him.  I remember when I was 21 and everybody at the company was touting me as the “new kid to watch”, I was stressed over not having a chart record. Paul’s office was on the other side of the floor from Barry Oslander’s and my office.  I walked over and told Paul about my trepidations.  Paul looked at me and laughed, and said “Don (he sounded like Columbo) if you worry about having a chart record, you’ll never have one…you’re making great records…just keep doing what you’re doing and it’ll happen….” a few months later I had a chart record with Lorelai….I song I wrote with Mark Barkan.  When I was doing arrangements for various acts that Bob Reno had me doing, I went to Paul for arranging advice….he always gave it…I still draw a treble clef the way he showed me.  The coolest thing though was that Paul gave me his arranging book that was given to him by the incredible arranger, Fred Wisemantle.  It was also owned by Irv Spice, and several other “old timers”.  I had it rebound by my friend, Iris, several years ago.  Paul Leka was one of the best…inventive, resourceful, encouraging…..all around a great “individual”…..he became a bit of a recluse over the past 10 years or so, which was the last time I spoke to him….I believe he was doing a project with John Luango….in any event…RIP, Paul….you were a huge part of my early days in the old time music biz….I can still hear your infectuous laugh from the other side of the hall…..”

DON ORIOLLO (FELIX THE CAT, ORIOLLO GUITARS)

“Paul Leka a friend of mine and so many others who was one of the good and most talented guys of the record business has past away. As the saying goes the good die young. Both of us worked for Mercury records Paul as producer and me as a producer/engineer. One night when I was come out of the studio after a long day of recording Paul was going into the studio to record a “B” side for a single he was about to put out.

He asked me if I would sing background and I told him NO and I’m doing you a favor if you want a hit. He gathered up a number of Mercury employees and they sang on his “B” side, which turned out to be, NA NA HEY HEY KISS HIM GOODBYE GOODBYE…The song went number one and is stilled played at sporting events today. We should all have Paul talent it is a gift from God. It’s a sad day for all that knew him as a friend and nice guy. “

BARRY OSLANDER (PRODUCER/ ENGINEER)

“Paul and I were born on the exact same morning of the same date of the same month and of the same year.  Every February 20th for the past 30 years Paul and I would exchange loving phone calls wishing each other a “happy birthday” and catching up on the preceding days since our last conversation.  I don’t think a year went by without Paul saying to me on the phone, “Joel, one of these days one of us will not be here to either make or receive this phone call” to which I always responded, “Paul, we will always be here.” 

Now the unthinkable has happened!  For all of us who had the privilege and honor of knowing Paul, he was truly one of those people about whom nobody could ever or did ever have a bad word.  His talent was only surpassed by his sweetness, kindness, and ever constant availability to help out a friend.  Bob Reno was both Paul’s mentor as well as mine and many other prominent music figures today and now they are together, and way to soon for me to accept.  I spoke to Paul’s wife yesterday and it just tore my heart out when she said to me that “their two year old son is looking all over the house for Paul.”

Paul has certainly left a legacy of both music and inspiration for us all.

Joel Diamond (producer)

THE LAST TIME I SAW PAUL LEKA WAS AT THE MELTING POT, IN WEST HOLLYWOOD, WITH ANOTHER FRIEND OF MINE, HARRY CHAPIN. THEY JUST HAD A NUMBER ONE SINGLE WITH, “CAT’S IN THE CRADLE”, AND WERE WORKING ON SOME NEW TRACKS. THE SOLID INFLUENCE THAT PAUL BROUGHT WITH HIM TO THE STUDIO I’M SURE WAS AN INSPIRATION TO HARRY, WHICH SHOWS IN THE RECORDINGS THAT ARE CONSIDERED THE BEST IN HIS CAREER.

GOODBYE MY FRIEND, YOU LEFT A LEGACY TO BE PROUD OF.

PAUL LEKA R.I.P. ROCK IN PERPETUITY!

 

RESPECTFULLY, ARTIE WAYNE

 


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

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