“EVERYTHING OLD IS NEWS AGAIN!” #13 ULTIMATE MICHAEL JACKSON TRIBUTE! JIMMY WEBB…RICHARD ADLER R.I.P.
June 26, 2012
From now until the end of time millions of words will be written about him and his influence in music, dance, and fashion, but the most important gift he has given the world is everlasting hope and inspiration!
Like most of the world I was thrilled with the Jackson Five and Motown’s “”SOUND OF YOUNG AMERICA” when they hit the music scene in the late ‘60s with “I Want You Back”, “ABC”, and “The Love You Save”. When Berry Gordy, Jr. brought the group to Hollywood under the supervision of Suzanne DePasse and Skip Miller I had the rare opportunity to get close to one of the biggest acts in the world, as well as one of the biggest Superstars ever to emerge, Michael Jackson!!
HERE ARE THE GREATEST VIDEOS of MICHAEL JACKSON.
I WANT YOU BACK http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s3Q80mk7bxE
Former Motown V.P. Skip Miller recalls, “I met The Jackson Five in Miami, Fl. in 1970 just before New Years. I was brand new to show business and thought I had died and gone to heaven. Their show was amazing and Michael was unbelievable.
As a young man, he would be playing with toys one minute and asking if they sold the show out the next. He was quite aware of everything that was going on. He had a sixth sense for the business. He was curious about record sales and asked a lot of questions everything. I was too green at the time to give good answers so I would go get the answers and then tell him. In 1975 when the Jacksons were leaving Motown, I escorted Jermaine to Nantucket, New York for their last show as Motown artists.
The brothers and us had many a pillow fight after Michael tricked you into his room. He would go from that to the eight hundred pound guerilla he was on stage. Quite the transformation! He was a truly gifted performed, a great dad, and my friend. I will miss him.”
Hal Davis (“I’ll Be There”, “Never Can Say Goodbye”, “Dancin’ Machine”) was the first Motown producer that I brought a song to for Michael Jackson to record. I was excited when he cut a track on “I Want To Be Happy”, which I updated from “No, No Nannette” in the Warner Brothers catalog. When I dropped by Motown’s recording studios unexpectedly, I saw Hal Davis putting an unknown Lionel Ritchie on the track!
When he saw me freaking out, he grabbed me and threw me across the control board almost into the lap of engineer Russ Teranna, and threatened me if I dare give the song to anyone else! Of course that prompted me to give it to everyone I knew. Although Hal was pissed off at me, I was back in his good graces when I gave him Jackson Browne’s “Doctor My Eyes”, which went Top Ten in the UK with The J5.
It’s summer of 1973 and Ed Silvers, President of Warner Brothers Music, is losing his patience with me. Although I secure songs in our catalog by some of their biggest artists, they’re only album cuts. Ed is convinced that I’ll never get a single released by Motown.
I know at this point that the only way I could have a chance for a hit and escape the wrath of Ed, is to get a cover by the Jackson 5 or little Michael. There was only one staff writer at Warner Brothers music who could write in a classic R+B style, George S. Clinton, Jr.
I go to the two producers who love George’s writing the most, Jerry Marcellino and Mel Larson, who just had big hits with 12 year old Michael on “Rockin’ Robin” and “Little Bitty Pretty One” (which was my suggestion). They tell me that “Ben”, from the movie of the same name, is racing up the charts and Berry Gordy wants each of his producers to start recording new sides with him.
It’s the middle of summer, about 90 degrees, but we have to get in a Christmas Mood. As I tell George about my break up with my girlfriend last Christmas, I start to throw Ivory Snowflakes around the room. Soon, we have the first verse and chorus of “Little Christmas Tree”
I’m almost in tears when I hear the finished record the following week with the news that it’s being considered for the follow-up to “Ben”, which had just hit number one! You can imagine how I feel a few weeks later when Berry Gordy, Jr. decides not put out any follow up to the Oscar nominated “Ben”, until the Academy Awards are given out…which is after Christmas! A few days later I come up with a plan and present it to Motown. I suggest that the company puts a double albums worth of previously recorded Christmas songs by each of their hit artists, along with “Little Christmas Tree”.and included cuts by Stevie Wonder, The Supremes, The Temptations, Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, Diana Ross. They love the idea and release the two disk set in time for the holidays and call it, “A MOTOWN CHRISTMAS”
I stayed in touch with “Papa” Joe Jackson after the Tokyo music festival and when The Jackson Five abruptly left Motown and was short on cash, I helped get him a $25,000 advance for his world wide subpublishing rights…even though Michael and his brothers weren’t writing very much at the time…then a few years later Michael releases his first solo album…”Off The Wall”
Publicist, Bobbi Cowan remembers, “I worked with him during the period just before his first solo album, “Off The Wall” was released. I was out at the Jackson family compound several times with magazine writers. It was the first time he was allowed to give interviews without a Motown person being thee to direct both the questions and answers, so what came out were the thoughtful musings of this boy/child. He was feeling creative stirrings, as he began to be more involved with his music, the writing, the production, the business. My daughter Lori had a massive crush on Michael, so I brought her with me to the house for a couple of those interviews…He was very sweet, gracious, even shot some hoops with her, then the photographer took a photo of her with Michael…she still has the photo and cherishes it to this day.”
Up until now the world-wide subpublishing agreement I helped get “Papa” Joe Jackson get hasn’t paid off for Freddie Bienstock and he blames me for wasting his $25,000. Then when Michael explodes Bienstock claims all of the mega-songs that Michael is currently writing!
Now I also had “Papa” Joe mad at me for helping him get “a paltry $25,000.advance” for the subpublishing of one of the greatest catalogs in the world.
BEAT IT (ORIGINAL VIDEO) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oRdxUFDoQe0&feature=related
In 1984 I was hosting Genghis Cohen, a hot Hollywood Chinese restaurant, when then Motown A&R man Benny Medina, came in one night for dinner and told me that Motown was releasing some Michael Jackson masters from the vault to capitalize on the success of “Thriller”. You can imagine how I felt when he said that, “Touch The One You Love”, another song I’d written with George Clinton, Jr., which had been in the can for 10 years, was coming out in the “Farewell My Summer Love” love album!
FAREWELL MY SUMMER LOVE http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YFoLya5qt1w
TOUCH THE ONE YOU LOVE http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NA2cfUUQeJg
In 1983, I held a 6 week seminar called the Artie Wayne Songwriter motivation course. My flyers say that, “I’ll help make your package so strong, that only a fool would turn you down!’. Then I add at the bottom, “Not responsible for all the fools in the industry.”
I can’t take credit for teaching anybody how to write songs, but I’m proud of creating an environment, where novices could rub shoulders with the top artists, writers, and producers in the business.
My friend, Alan O’Day (“Undercover Angel”, “Rock and Roll Heaven”), is musical director for the sold out event. He also brings in, as his guests, several new writers, which includes Diane Warren (who eventually becomes one of the greatest songwriters of this generation) and John Barnes, who goes on to write half of the “Bad” album with Michael Jackson.
MAN IN THE MIRROR http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PtW1O12hIBE
BLACK AND WHITE http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PtW1O12hIBEProducer Quincy Jones who worked with Michael Jackson on numerous music and film projects, issued the following statement about the passing of the King of Pop:
“…Divinity brought our souls together on ‘The Wiz’ and allowed us to do what we were able to throughout the ’80s. To this day, the music we created together on “Off The Wall”, “Thriller”,“Bad“, and “We Are The World” is played in every corner of the world and the reason for that is because he had it all…talent, grace, professionalism and dedication. He was the consummate entertainer and his contributions and legacy will be felt upon the world forever.
Although I didn’t play much of a part in Michael Jackson’s life, he’s played a major part in mine. From now until the end of time millions of words will be written about him and his influence in music, dance, and fashion, but the most important gift he has given the world is everlasting hope and inspiration.
MICHAEL MAY YOU R.I.P. ROCK IN PERPETUITY! http://artiewayne.wordpress.com/2009/06/25/michael-jackson-r-i-p-rock-in-perpetuity/
Respectfully, Artie Wayne
FINALLY, HERE IS MICHAEL’S AND U.S.A. FOR AFRICA “WE ARE THE WORLD” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P2H6mpUnsLI
Copyright 2012 by Artie Wayne
To reach Skip Miller email@example.com
Bobbi Cowan http://bobbicowan.com
Quincy Jones http://www.myspace.com/quincyjones
For Alan O’Day http://alanoday.com
THE FIRST TIME I HEARD “MACARTHUR PARK” BY RICHARD HARRIS WAS THE FIRST TIME I SERIOUSLY THOUGHT ABOUT MOVING TO CALIFORNIA. I COULDN’T WAIT TO MEET SONGWRITER/ARRANGER/PRODUCER JIMMY WEBB, WHO HAD BROKEN ALL THE RULES WITH THE FIRST OVER SEVEN MINUTE POP RECORD TO HIT #1
Growing up in the turbulent 60′s in the Shadow of the Cold War, wasn’t easy! Growing up in New York of the 60′s, with all the drugs and violence, had an even harder edge. I was tired of writing formula pop songs about made-up experiences in a location that no longer held any fascination for me. My recording career had fizzled out and my marriage was winding down. Although my partner, Kelli Ross and I were running the publishing companies of Quincy Jones, Leslie Gore, Bobby Scott, Janis Ian, Joey Levine and Artie Resnick, my own creativity was suffering from a lack of positive stimulation.
I knew the next musical trend would be coming from the west coast, when I first heard, “Cherish” by the Association” and “California Dreaming”, by the Mamas and Papas…but when I heard “Macarthur Park” by Richard Harris I knew it had arrived! http://youtube.ng/watch?v=0WHx0B90FUc&feature=fvwrel
Although “Macarthur Park” was seven minutes long, twice the length of any song on the radio at the time, it quickly became number one! The poetry of the lyric and beautiful, psychedelic labyrinth of music gave a shot in the arm to Pop music in general, and to me particular. I took my first trip to Hollywood in the summer of 1968 to get a better understanding of the new emerging music scene …and to get a quickie Mexican divorce.
Jackie DeShannon, took me on a tour of Hollywood and introduced me to the wonders of Malibu Beach. I hung out at the Troubadour and the Whiskey with Bruce Johnston of the Beach Boys and Terry Kirkman of the Association. I went to parties up at Mike Love’s, down at Richard Baskin’s and over at Football Hall Of Famer, Jim Brown’s house. I reunited with my long time songwriting partner, Ben Raleigh ( “Love Is A Hurting Thing”, “Tell Laura I Love Her”) who had recently relocated to California. I also hooked up with my friend Bob Stone, who was once signed to me, as he celebrated his number one record with Cher, “Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves ” I also started writing with Gary Zekely and Mitch Bottler ( “Wait A Million Years”, “Sooner Or Later”), found time to go to a Phil Spector recording session…as well as fall in-and-out of love a couple of times!
It was quite an eventful two weeks, but I still hadn’t met Jimmy Webb, whose music brought me out here in the first place. As my plane took off for New York, “Up, Up and Away” kept running through my mind…I was disappointed, but I knew I’d be coming back.
Jimmy’s songs like, “Didn’t We?”,”The Worst That Can Happen”, “Wichita Lineman”, and “Galveston”, continued to inspire me as I spent my last dreary year in New York. It was two years after moving to the West Coast, however, before I finally met my inspiration!
I was working as General Professional Manager for Warner Brothers Music, when CEO, Ed Silvers, informed me that we now represented Jimmy Webb. I can’t tell you how excited I was to go out to his house in Encino with Warner Brothers Records President, Mo Ostin to hear the final mixes of his latest WB album, and finally meet my hero!
As we waited for Jimmy in his game room, I saw a Las Vegas slot machine in the corner. I put a quarter in and hit the jackpot. Mo smiled…as I hit the jackpot again…again and again! Mo, started glaring at me as I tried to push my winnings back into the machine. Now fully embarrassed, I started kicking hundreds of quarters underneath the living room rug, just as Jimmy walked in laughing…that’s when I realized I was the victim of a practical joke!
I knew I was gonna’ like working with this guy!
( To Be Continued )
Copyright 2007 by Artie Wayne
Photo of Jackie DeShannon by Artie Wayne
OUR PRAYERS AND GOOD THOUGHTS GO OUT TO ALAN O’DAY, GARY STROMBERG, AND SETH GREENKY. THEIR POSITIVE ATTITUDE IS AN INSPIRATION TO ALL OF US!
NOW HERE ARE THE TOP TWENTY ALL-TIME SUMMER HITS!
CALIFORNIA GIRLS THE BEACH BOYS http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0a49McFOFp0
HERE COMES SUMMER by JERRY KELLER http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ox1cFEwaHic
SUM-SUM-SUMMERTIME THE JAIMIES http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xeNAgBFmJpM
HOT FUN IN THE SUMMERTIME by SLY AND THE FAMILY STONE http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ahhmiuyko0
SUMMERTIME by BILLY STEWART http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K8OD56xaY_Y&feature=related
SUMMER IN THE CITY by THE LOVIN’ SPOONFUL http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sc0F-fw3tkY
THEME FROM “SUMMER PLACE” by PERCY FAITH http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rt7SPm7N6D8
BY THE LETTERMEN http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OCJBuq1mYBw
SUMMERTIME BLUES by Eddie Cochran http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MeWC59FJqGc
IN THE SUMMERTIME by MUNGO JERRY http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wvUQcnfwUUM&feature=related
UNDER THE BOARDWALK by THE DRIFTERS http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EPEqRMVnZNU
CALIFORNIA GIRLS by KATY PERRY http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F57P9C4SAW4&feature=related
OK…NOW WHAT OTHER SUMMER SONGS SHOULD BE ADDED TO THE LIST? PLEASE LEAVE YOUR SUGGESTIONS IN THE PLACE FOR COMMENTS BELOW…THANKS
FACEBOOK ALERT! FACEBOOK ALERT! HUNTER GEORGE AND ALAN O’DAY GAVE ME THIS AT THE SAME TIME.
June 25th, 2012Top StoryFacebook Just Changed Your Email Without Asking—Here’s How to Fix It (Updated)
By Sam Biddle
Hey, here’s something really stupid and annoying: Facebook abruptly switched everyone’s default email address to the @facebook.com account you’ve never used. Here’s how to switch back Facebook’s obnoxious overreach right now. So people can actually, you know, contact you.
Remember long, long ago, when Facebook launched a Facebook email system and then nobody used it? That’s fine—it was always just an option you were more than welcome to completely ignore. And we did, because we already had Gmail and work inboxes, and didn’t need yet another. If our friends wanted to email us, they could just head to our profiles and have options.
Not today! If you go to your profile (or anyone else’s), you’ll see the @facebook.com email account listed—which just forwards to your Facebook messages inbox—and none of your others. They’ve all been hidden in a ham-handed attempt to make the Facebook inbox relevant.
Luckily, it’s easy to reverse this foolish move. Go to your Timeline. Click about, under your contact info. Scroll down to “Contact Info” and hit edit. Switch all of the crossed out circle symbols to a full circle for each inbox you want visible on your profile. If you don’t want @facebook.com to show up, switch it from a full circle (“Shown on Timeline”) to crossed out (“Hidden from Timeline”). This is also a good opportunity to check your privacy settings and make sure your various inboxes are visible only to friendlies. Hit save.
Facebook: don’t do this again. [Forbes]
Update: A Facebook spokesperson provided the following non-explanation to Reuters:
As we announced back in April, we’ve been updating addresses on Facebook to make them consistent across our site.
In addition to everyone receiving an address, we’re also rolling out a new setting that gives people the choice to decide which addresses they want to show on their timelines.
Ever since the launch of timeline, people have had the ability to control what posts they want to show or hide on their own timelines, and today we’re extending that to other information they post, starting with the Facebook address.
Facebook, it’s probably safe to say that the way we all had our things before was the “choice” we made about “which addresses…show on [our] timelines.” This wasn’t about choice—in fact, it was the opposite. You chose for us.
NEW YORK (AP) — Composer and lyricist Richard Adler, who won Tony Awards for co-writing snappy and infectious, songs for such hit Broadway musicals as “The Pajama Game” and “Damn Yankees” and who staged and produced President John F. Kennedy’s birthday celebration featuring a breathy Marilyn Monroe, has died. He was 90.
Adler died Thursday at his home in Southampton, N.Y., his widow, Susan A. Ivory, said. Some of Adler’s biggest songs are “You Gotta Have Heart,” ”Hey, There,” ”Hernando’s Hideaway,” ”Whatever Lola Wants,” ”Steam Heat,” ”Rags to Riches,” and “Everybody Loves a Lover.”
Adler staged and produced several shows for U.S. presidents, including the unforgettable 1962 extravaganza for Kennedy at Madison Square Garden where Monroe sang “Happy Birthday.” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yl4nNlaCbqw
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