January 6, 2010
“When I started writing songs with lyricist Ben Raleigh (“Wonderful, Wonderful”, “Tell Laura I Love Her”) he introduced me to all of the top music publishers in the business, Goldie Goldmark at Shalimar music, The legendary Al Gallico at Shapiro-Bernstein, and Arnold Shaw at E. B. Marks Music
We also gave Aaron Schroeder a few of our songs to publish including “Peanuts, Popcorn, and Crackerjacks”, which Gene Pitney recorded. Then Aaron asks if I’d like to finish a song with one of his staff writers, Neval Nader (“Mecca”). Ben says he wouldn’t mind if I did, so I agreed.
I heard that Aaron was a hard taskmaster and somewhat of a monster when dealing with songwriters, but I had no idea to what lengths he’d go to get what he wants! He likes the song Neval and I write, but “demands” a better ending! In fact, he actually locks us in a writer’s room and says he won’t let us out until the song is finished to his satisfaction! I don’t think he knew he was messing with a “Bronx boy”, but he became aware of it after the commotion I make, as I nearly break down the door to the writers room!
From then on Aaron and I had a healthy respect for each other…from a distance.”
Respectfully, Artie Wayne http://artiewayne.wordpress.com/about-artie-wayne/
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