“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/

*From my forthcoming book, “I Did It For A Song”
Copyright 2009by Artie Wayne

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