LAST YEAR WHEN I NEEDED A SPECIAL GRAPHIC FOR THE FOURTH OF JULY I CALLED MY FRIEND DON ORIOLO, WHO DRAWS FELIX THE CAT, TO SEE IF HE HAD ANYTHING ON HAND THAT I COULD USE. HE SAID HE DIDN’T, BUT IN THE NEXT FEW HOURS HE PAINTED THE ABOVE PIECE FOR ME AND EMAILED IT TO ME IN TIME FOR THE HOLIDAY…THEN A FEW WEEKS LATER HE GAVE ME THE ORIGINAL ARTWORK!!!

THANK YOU AGAIN, MAY YOU AND FELIX HAVE A SAFE AND SANE 4th of JULY! http://felixthecat.com

CONGRATULATIONS ON THE NEW FELIX THE CAT STORE! https://www.facebook.com/#!/groups/282609388491382/

SONGWRITER SPOTLIGHT

Since the early 60′s, Burt Bacharach has been one of the most innovative and influencial figures in popular music. His unique melodies and signature rythyms also made him one of the most imitated musicians of all times. With various lyricists, he racked up an early array of hits that included, “Tower Of Strength”, “Baby It’s You”, “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance”, “Any Day Now”, “Only Love Can Break A Heart”, “Blue On Blue”, “Anyone Who Had A Heart” and “Walk On By”.

I always felt a thrill just to be in his presence! I would see him at a party or a music business function and go over and introduce myself. This happened so often that after about the fifth or sixth time I did it, he stopped me, smiled and said, “I know…I know you’re Artie Wayne!” This not only made me feel good, but I felt validated!

He was not only a musical role model, but a personal one as well. He was probably one of the coolest people I’ve ever known, with his sunglasses on top of his premature white hair he always seemed to be dressed for a tennis game or a polo match! I also noticed all of the beautiful women that would fawn over him and it made me realize that you didn’t have to be a Rock Star to get that kind of attention!

In 1963, after I had my first hit as a songwriter and producer, “Meet Me At Midnight Mary” ( Raleigh/ Wayne) with Joey Powers, I called up Burt to see if he had any songs for the follow-up. I met him in his office at Famous music, in the Brill Building and he played me a new song he and Hal David had written, “Message To Martha” (which later became a smash in the UK by Adam Faith and a hit in the US by Dionne Warwick, re-titled, “Message To Michael”)

I loved the song, but I thought it was a bit too complex for Joey Power’s simple folk musical direction we were taking. I felt really weird turning down the song, but Burt was cool and said don’t worry about it. A few months later, I ran into him on my first trip to London, where he was the musical director on Marlena Dietrich’s concert tour, we had a drink and laughed about my embarrasment over turning down one of his songs.

The next time I saw him was in 1965, I was signed to Scepter records publishing company, as a songwriter and producer. I was encouraged to use the studio as often as I wanted for overdubbing and making demos of my songs to help break-in the studio. I produced or co-produced The Shirelles , The Kingsmen and the Guess Who, there which made the owner, Florence Greenberg, more confident in her new facility. At that point, she offered Burt Bacharach and Hal David, a chance to try her new, improved studio out.

I remember Burt and Hal had trouble mixing Dionne Warwick’s, “Are You There With Another Girl” at the original studio where they cut the track, and they decided to try out Scepter. I remember being in my office the day of the “Great New York City Blackout “…when the lights all over our building were dimming then getting brighter! Burt and Hal, after mixing for hours, ran out of the studio screaming, ” What the Hell’s going on ? We almost had it…We almost had the mix! Then machine started slowing down then stared speeding up!”

Tempers cooled, when we looked out the window and saw lights in the entire city dim…then go black! Florence’s son Stanley, who was head of A+R, as well as being totally blind from birth, yelled out, “Don’t worry, I’ll get us all out of here…JUST FOLLOW ME!”

About 20 of us, with Stanley leading the pack, managed to get down several flights of stairs, in total darkness, safely and without incident. It was an event that I’m sure none of us will never forget!

FORGIVENESS


   As Patti Dahlstrom and I spoke a few days ago about the power and need for forgiveness in our personal lives and in the world at large, I thought it might be time to bring this concept to Artie Wayne on the Web. Patti assisted me in gathering a beginning to this conversation. I welcome you thoughts and contributions to a 2nd edition on Forgiveness. Perhaps you have a personal or favorite story or spiritual quote about forgiveness in your life. I look forward to hearing from you and perhaps it will become a regular column here to help support each other in remembering this humbling behavior.

      Patti:


I am very blessed to know these men quoted here, Mick Brown and Colin Tipping. They are both English, brilliant, talented authors of many books. Their spiritual curiosity has led them down fascinating paths. Asking for input on forgiveness, they graciously complied with a story and an understanding of this extremely profound act, so necessary in this world. LInks are provided, if you are interested in more information about the work of these men.


Forgiveness


From Mick Brown:


When Tibetans escape from Tibet into India, to escape the Chinese oppression in their country, the first thing they always do is make their way to Dharamsala, to be in the presence of the Dalai Lama. The Dalai Lama tells the story of one elderly monk who had been imprisoned by the Chinese for a number of years, and been subjected to all manner of indignities and torture, including having electric cattle prods pushed in his mouth.

You must have had many fears, the Dalai Lama said to the monk.

He replied. “My greatest fear was that I would lose my compassion for the Chinese.”
Mick Brown
English author and journalist
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mick_Brown_(journalist)

 

Artie:
THERE ARE TIMES IN OUR LIVES WHEN WE MUST LET GO OF PAINFUL MEMORIES AND EXPERIENCES THAT HAVE BEEN HOLDING US BACK. HERE IS A EASY WAY TO GET STARTED TO MOVE FORWARD AGAIN… THROUGH COLIN TIPPING’S RADICAL FORGIVENESS.

 RADICAL FORGIVENESS
If you harbor a grievance that you want rid of quickly and easily, or you’re holding onto some anger about something that’s giving you a lot of pain then Radical Forgiveness is what you need. It really works and the results are amazing. Unlike conventional forgiveness which is difficult and takes forever, Radical Forgiveness is easy and fast acting. The tools simply dissolve the pain and leave you feeling peaceful and happy. The long-term benefits of Radical Forgiveness are better health, more energy, improved relationships, more prosperity, greater happiness, a lot more peace in your life, and so on.

To give you a little bit of background as to how Radical Forgiveness evolved, in the early 90s I was a therapist working with cancer patients. I needed to find a way to help them release the toxic emotions they had buried deep down in their subconscious minds that may have contributed to the formation of their disease process. This obviously called for forgiveness but we knew that conventional forgiveness took too long and was far too difficult. We recognized that it needed a form of forgiveness that was quick, easy to do,

In a nutshell Radical Forgiveness asks us to be open to the idea that, without exception, everything that happens to us in life is all part of a divine plan and meant to happen the way it does.  In that sense, from the spiritual standpoint, there is nothing to forgive.  Just being open to this idea is enough. Your own Spiritual Intelligence does the rest.  By expressing your willingness to entertain this possibility you shift the energy around the story of what happened and releases it from your body. You don’t even have to know how it works. The tools and processes it provides do it all for you.

Colin Tipping is the author of “Radical Forgiveness, A Revolutionary 5 Stage Process for Finding Peace in Any Situation” and many other books.
His Website is www.colintipping.com.

 
As part of my dissertation research for a Professional Writing Masters Degree from a London University in 2009, I interviewed an Anglican Priest in St. John’s Wood.
This is part of that interview.


Forgiveness


Patti Dahlstrom


Forgiving is hard. Speaking to Father Anders, a priest at the St. John’s Wood Anglican Church in London, I asked him what forgiveness is and why it is so difficult to do. “I‘ve gone round and round on this,” he said, “still I think forgiveness is when there is some kind of letting go inside yourself of a negative hold that a past betrayal has upon you; in forgiveness a past event ceases to have a hold on you.”
When I stated that people feel justified in their anger, Father Anders replied, “I know they do because they find their identity in their anger. That anger is reinforcing their sense of self. But they are not free; they are enslaved by that anger. Being released from that clutch so you are free is what you see in Jesus. He is incredibly free in Himself because He won’t let those resentments catch hold of him.”
It is their justification that is the tricky part. If someone has done something in word or deed to consciously hurt us, then we feel we have the “right” to be angry. Yes, but what does being “right” get one?

The minute people say, “I’m victimized” then one takes oneself out of all the bounty that is available. “You put yourself in a place that’s hard for redemption to happen, in a place in relation to evil in the world. That is what God does. God doesn’t protect, He redeems,” Father Anders revealed. Every time we think of the wrong done to us, we reinforce the pain; we re-victimize ourselves again and again turning one slight into multiple slights. And the more we replay that tape of angry thought, the worse we feel, the deeper we drive the pain, pushing it further away from the redemption we need, the freedom we seek.
We all need to forgive for our sakes, for their sakes, and for the very quality of life that is lived when love overcomes anger and hurt.  When we forgive, we release the weight of the wrong. We don’t have to carry that slight, however great or small, anymore. We lay down our burden at the throne of forgiveness. We feel better. We are better.
Being right is a lonely place to be. As long as love is more important than being right, forgiveness will find a way and lead us out of those dark moods of ego and into the welcome light of the spirit, where no one is alone.

The world is full of people. But only a handful of humans. Which one are you? ~ Lakota Proverb

MY FRIEND AND FELLOW ARCHIVIST RONNIE ALLEN JUST EMAILED ME THIS ABOUT HIS UPDATED WEBSITE!   

Artie,
 
Okay …. now you are the first to know!
 
I am sending this message to you before I inform those on my mailing list.
 
This is, of course, about an enhancement to the Jersey Girls Sing website.
 
The Jersey Girls (Denise and Bernadette) and I have just posted our re-designed “Gone But Not Forgotten Page.”
 
We are very proud of it and are determined to make it one of the best pages of its type on the Internet.
 
We intend to be very diligent in updating it (as needs arise) on a daily basis. Please note that — as I type this — we do not yet have any 2012 names in the section at the bottom (the non-musical section called “Special Remembrances.”) We will be adding names to that section shortly, probably as early as a few hours from now.
 
Our webage has some very special features. By clicking a couple of command buttons, you can instantaly sort the material three different ways: chronologically (by recency of passing, which is the default), by first name and by last name.
 
And yes, your Buddy Saltzman page is what I personally chose chose for his link. That was a no-brainer. Your page is awesome. The fact that there is no Wikipedia page on Buddy is a disgrace but, even if there were, I would still have used your page anyway!
 
Please feel free to spread the word about the page. Denise and Bernadette and I will appreciate that so very much.
 
 

NOW HERE ARE THE TOP TWENTY ALL-TIME SUMMER MUSIC VIDEO HITS! INCLUDING YOUR CHOICES!

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

IF YOU GOTTA’ GO…GO NOW BECAUSE THERE’S A WHOLE LOT MORE!

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 GURLS by KATY PERRY http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F57P9C4SAW4&feature=related

 BOYS OF SUMMER by DON HENLEY http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NfiKT1N670M

ALL SUMMER LONG by the BEACH BOYS http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2tytTebj8ic

DANCIN’ IN THE STREET by MARTHA AND THE VANDELLAS http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CdvITn5cAVc

SUDDENLY LAST SUMMER the MOTELS http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b9Ox-lGm-wA

SUMMER BREEZE by SEALS AND CROFT http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BthCLLO-PY0 

YOU WILL ALWAYS BE MY BOO by USHER and ALICIA KEYS http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fPgf2meEX1w&feature=related

A SUMMER SONG BY CHAD AND JEREMY http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9bu454Eiavw

ALL SUMMER LONG by KID ROCK http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uwIGZLjugKA

FINALLY, HERE IS MY COLLECTION OF PATRIOTIC MUSIC VIDEOS, WHICH HAS BEEN ON THE #1 PAGE IN GOOGLE SEARCH FOR THE PAST 216 WEEKS! INCLUDES ELVIS, RAY CHARLES, TOBY KEITH, JOHNNY HORTON, BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN, JAMES BROWN, WHITNEY HOUSTON, AND A DOZEN MORE! http://artiewayne.wordpress.com/2008/06/06/the-top-the-best-and-the-greatest-patriotic-music-videos/

I HOPE YOU ENJOYED THIS EDITION OF “EVERYTHING OLD IS NEWS AGAIN”.

I WANT TO THANK EVERYBODY FOR THEIR SUGGESTIONS AND A SPECIAL THANKS TO PATTI DAHLSTROM http://pattidahlstrom.com AND HUNTER GEORGE https://www.facebook.com/#!/hhuntergeorge FOR HELPING ME PUT THIS ISSUE TOGETHER.

CURRENTLY MY ONLY SOURCE OF INCOME IS FROM THE SALE OF MY BOOK. ” I DID IT FOR A SONG”, WHICH I RECEIVE IMMEDIATELY.  IF YOU LIKE WHAT I’M PUTTING TOGETHER I HOPE YOU’LL CONSIDER BUYING ONE DIRECTLY FROM ME THROUGH PAYPAL FOR ONLY $9.99 AT artiewayne@gmail.com 

TO READ SOME OF THE REVIEWS AND COMMENTS  CLICK  HERE

AND NOW YOU CAN BUY MY BOOK, “I DID IT FOR A SONG” DIRECTLY FROM ME THROUGH PAYPAL FOR ONLY $9.99 AT artiewayne@gmail.com 

THANKS AND REGARDS, ARTIE

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IF Y’ALL ARE IN NASHVILLE THIS WEEK AT THE NAMM CONVENTION, MAKE SURE YOU STOP BY TO SEE MY FRIENDS FELIX THE CAT AND PRODUCER/ CARTOONIST DON ORIOLO AT THEIR BOOTH. YOU CAN CHECK OUT THE ORIOLO LINE OF GUITARS AND EVEN GET A CHANCE TO PLAY THE NEW FELIX THE CAT ELECTRIC GUITAR I TOLD YOU ABOUT A FEW MONTHS AGO.

FOR MORE INFORMATION GO HTTP://FELIXTHECAT.COM

WHEN YOU GET TIRED OF PICKIN’ YOU CAN READ MY EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH FELIX,THE MOST POPULAR CAT IN THE WORLD! HTTP://ARTIEWAYNE.WORDPRESS.COM/2010/04/22/A-CONVERSATION-WITH-FELIX-THE CAT/

Copyright 2010 by Artie Wayne http://artiewayne.wordpress.com/about-artie-wayne/

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In 1963, when the first hit I produced, “Meet Me At Midnight Mary” was going up the charts, every songplugger I knew was pitching me Tunes to get on the next date.  When it was Bob Reno’s turn, who was working at George Paxton music, he came in to see me empty handed and admitted that he didn’t have any songs that he felt was right, which immediately impressed me.

After that incident I was eager to hear anything he wanted to play me. He turned out to be one of the good guys in the “neighborhood” (The Brill Building). He was always looking out for me and all of his friends. When the Duprees (“You Belong To Me”) broke up, Bob Reno brought Ron Dante (“The Archies), Jerry Keller (“Here Comes Summer”), and me to his boss, George Paxton to do a record under their name.

Nothing happened with the track, but it gave me a chance to see how Coed records worked and how Adam Wade and the Crests were made. Bob loved a master I produced and brought it in to his boss, who bought it and put it out under the name Terry Boyd. Even though Bob knew it was me singing with a fake English accent, he never busted me.

Producer/ songwriter, and Felix the Cat cartoonist, Don Oriolo fondly remembers, “I was 16 years old and writing songs for my band in NJ and everyone seemed to like them….so I figured how hard could it be to get them published.  Ahh, the naiveté of youth.  I banged on door after door, publisher after publisher waiting at the Chock full of Nuts on Broadway between appointments.  Just when I was about to give up I entered the offices of Coed records… “Hi, my name’s Don Oriolo, I’m a song writer and I have some great songs I’d like to get published.”  Within a few minutes, the receptionist said, “go in, Mr. Reno will see you.”  Wow….I couldn’t believe it…. Bob told me to play my best five songs.  10 songs later he stopped me, and said.  “Not bad…you have a lot of talent.”  I was bolstered by these words of confidence coming from an obvious professional.  We talked for a while and Bob gave me lots of good advice.  He asked me if I was sure that music was the profession I wanted to follow for my whole life, or was it nothing more than a hobby.  Of course I said it was what I wanted to do, and to this day it still is what defines my life.” The next time I did some business with Bob was when he and my pal Neil Bogart were at Cameo Parkway, Neil running the record company, and Bob the publishing. They bought a master Mark Barkan (“She’s A Fool”, “Pretty Flamingo”) and I wrote, sang, and produced, “The Subway Train That Came To Life” and released it under the name The Third Rail”.

Once again the record wasn’t a hit but it allowed me to see how Neil Bogart operated up close. Although Cameo was having #1 hits like “96Tears” by Question Mark and the Mysterians, the company was in deep financial trouble. Every day Reno would tell me another horror story about how Cameo was imploding…driving down it’s stock every day.

As soon as I got any information about the company, I’d pass it along to my partner Kelli Ross’ father Irving Green, who owned Mercury and Smash Records. He quickly bought and sold shares in Cameo before the company was forced to stop publicly trading and made a killing! He was so grateful; he made a substantial (silent) investment in our company, which allowed Kelli and me to move from a two room office in the Brill Building, to a six room suite at 1650 Broadway, which once housed Aldon Music and later Koppleman and Rubin.

I arranged a meeting with Mr. Green, Neil Bogart, Bob Reno in hopes they’d make a deal, unfortunately Kama Sutra moved a little faster and brought the dynamic duo into their fold. It wasn’t long before Bob was dissatisfied with the treatment and compensation he was getting for bringing producer Paul Leka and The Lemon Pipers “Green Tambourine” in, and discovering “Melanie”(“Brand New Key”), so I set up another meeting with Irving Green. This time they worked out a deal and Bob was brought in to run Mercury’s publishing company MRC, which had just been a holding company up until then.


Producer, manager Joel Diamond who’s being considered to replace Simon Cowell on “American Idol”, recalls, “Bob Reno was by far the pivotal factor in my life for any success I am enjoying and have enjoyed for the past 30 years in the music business.  When I was still selling insurance in Passaic, NJ and singing at the Holiday Inn in Wayne, NJ on the weekends at weddings and bar mitzvahs, it was Bob Reno who solely believed in me and allowed me to head up a music publishing company which by all rights had no business doing.  I had met Bob through a chain of events and it was Bob who called me one day to meet with him and said, “Joel, you are the least qualified to succeed me as the head of MRC Music (Mercury Record Corporation) but I truly believe that you have the most potential of anybody I have met, including all the experienced and well seasoned music publishers.”

“Bob gave me the opportunity and there was no way I would let him down.  I assembled a group of writers and artists who went on to extremely successful careers not to mention my #2 person in charge and my assistant, Tommy Motolla, who later became CEO of Columbia Records.”

Don Oriolo continues, “I signed as a writer for Bob at MRC music, his was one of the brightest people I’ve ever met.  His letter writing skills where second to none, and I feel during those days at MRC and Mercury listening to him negotiate and dictate letters helped hone my business skills that help carry me through to this day.  Bob was a great judge of talent, songs and people.”

Singer/ songwriter Scott English (“Mandy”, “Bend me, Shape Me”) says, “BOB RENO WAS A GENTLEMAN’S GENTLEMAN, ALWAYS READY TO HELP A FRIEND IN NEED.  BOB WAS THE HEAD OF MILLS MUSIC WHEN WE MET, THAT WAS NEXT DOOR TO MY OFFICE AT CLAUS OGERMAN’S HELIOS MUSIC ON THE 6TH FLOOR OF THE BRILL BUILDING . WHEN BOB TOOK OVER THE TOP SPOT IN THE NEW YORK OFFICE OF MERCURY RECORDS,  I FOUND A GREAT R&B GROUP CALLED THE MARVELLES, AND WITH OUT EVEN HEARING THEM BOB GAVE STUDIO TIME IN AT MERCURY PLUS A RECORD DEAL!,

Producer/manager Barry Oslander remembers, “Bob was good to many record biz pros of today giving them their first start and knowing from his talent of knowing talent they would all make it in the Record and entertainment biz. He did this with me, by taking me from being a recording engineer at Mercury Records to what I always wanted to do, become a producer. In addition to having an incredible ear for a finished record, it always amazes me how well Bob Reno is able to match up artists with producers and the right piece of material.”

Oslander continues, “One of Bob’s great creative talents is the ability to hear a hit song no matter how it’s presented to him, guitar/voice, piano voice or a full band playing the song.” Then Bob suggests to Barry to record Black Comedienne “Moms” Mabley, on a cover of Dion’s, “Abraham, Martin, And John”, which goes straight up the charts!”

Joel Diamond smiles and adds, “I was working late in my office at MRC Music when one of the engineers from the recording studio upstairs came in and said that Paul Leka wanted to see me in the studio immediately.  Paul was not only a great songwriter, he also had an illustrious career as a producer that included The Lemon Pipers, Harry Chapin, and REO Speedwagon.

Upon entering the studio it looked like a gathering of everybody who had been left in the building that night including the janitors plus stragglers just walking by the building who were recruited to sing.  Paul put me in front of the mike along with probably 40 other people, he taught us his new song, and we all just started singing the chorus to “Na Na Na Na, Hey Hey Hey, Goodbye” Bob sure did know a hit song no matter what bag it was in. He went from Moms Mabley to Na, Na just weeks apart.”

Artie jumps back in the conversation, “One day while I’m visiting Bob in his new office, my friend Lou Reizner, who runs the Mercury office in London gives him a call. Bob puts me on the speaker as Lou tells us about a two album deal that Mercury can get for only $30,000 if they act fast and guarantee a US Release. The artist is David Bowie, and the first album is called “Space Oddity”.

Bob isn’t familiar with Bowie, but I am. I loved “Love You ‘Til Tuesday”” from his Deram album. As Lou continues to talk I put my thumbs up and without blinking an eye Bob says, “OK, You got a deal!” Maybe it’s just a sidebar to Rock and Roll History, but a negotiation I’m proud to have had a hand, or should I say a thumb in!

Bob Reno comes over frequently  for dinner, and my wife Sheilah loves to cook for such an appreciative guest. He’s is also one of first people to encourage us to use our psychic abilities. It isn’t long before we’re answering all sorts of seemingly unrelated questions that Bob says helps him understand his complex life as well as make business decisions.

About six months later Sheilah and I get divorced and I move to Hollywood. I lose touch with Bob, while I’m on the West Coast running Irving – Almo music, and he’s back in New York, starting up Midland International Records. The last time I see Bob is at the airport in Nice, after the MIDEM convention in the south of France. I’ve never seen Bob this excited before! He slips a cassette into his player and plays formy partner Lou Reizner and I, a record he just leased for the U.S. “Fly, Robin, Fly”, by the Silver Convention. It’s one of those times when you know you’ve heard a #1 record!  We wish Bob luck, and then we run to catch our plane.”

*From my forthcoming book, “I Did It For A Song” Copyright 2010 by Artie Wayne http://artiewayne.wordpress.com/about-artie-wayne/

Special thanks to Lauren Reno for the pictures, Joel Diamond, Don Oriolo helping to put this article together.

To reach Joel Diamond http://joeldiamond.com

For Don Oriolo  http://felixthecat.com

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When my longtime friend, songwriter/ producer/ cartoonist, Don Oriolo said I could interview his superstar client FELIX the CAT you can imagine how excited I was! We all know that Felix is about to launch his comeback with his 36 titles movie catalog being updated in 3 – D, which can be shown in theaters along with big 3 – D blockbusters like “AVATAR”, “ALICE IN WONDERLAND”, and “CLASH OF THE TITANS”.

Now with the new 3 – D TVs from Samsung and LG, and only a handful of 3 – D titles available, the 36 FELIX the CAT 3 –D DVD collection is poised to make history. The fabulous feline’s latest album, “Catzapoppin’”, including Hip – Hop and rock versions of “Alley Cat”, “Stray Cat Blues”, and “I Cat Get No Satisfaction” (featuring The Pussycat Dolls) is about to be released.

FELIX has just been signed as opening act on the Justin Beiber puberty tour…and is said to be secretly dating Taylor Swift. The Hollywood rumor mill is also purring that he’ll be starring in a new movie, dancing around with either Will Smith or Eddie Murphy like Jerry the Mouse did with Gene Kelly in “Anchors Away”.

Artie– “It’s good to see you, Felix”

FELIX – “Thanks, Artie….it’s good to be seen.”

Artie – “Throughout the years there have been six different dogs who portrayed Lassie in the movies. How many different cats have portrayed FELIX?

FELIX – “Hmmmm dogs…..you’ve seen one you’ve seen them all….down boy, sit boy, fetch boy…..geeeesshh.  Try to get a cat to do that….NOT!  I assure you, Artie, when it comes to “cats” there is only one FELIX the CAT! Mickey’s the mouse, Donald’s the Duck…but FELIX IS THE CAT!!!  Ya  know Artie, they say cats have 9 nine lives…..and I’m only on my first one….can’t wait to see what’s in store for me in the next 8…which by the way is my lucky number!

Artie – “I hear that your latest video “Catzapoppin’”, featuring Katy Purry getting a tattoo of your face inked on her ample er, uh….”attributes” has been banned by MTV…why was that?

FELIX – “Hmmm…MTV…how do you spell that?  I have not been kept abreast of that situation, and I’ve pretty much been PG most of my “professional” life anyway as you know….What are you giggling about???.”

Artie – “Well…what’s the most exciting thing in your life right now?

FELIX – “Mmm, we’ve got millions of new orders on our new Fall fashion line…mmm a new book coming out “Conversations with FELIX”…a new TV show in production…but the most exciting thing in my life right now is my New FELIX the CAT electric guitar.  If you got to you can see my pal, Don Oriolo playing a song that I taught him years ago when I was living in NYC… it’s called Harlem Nocturne.

Artie – “WOW”

FELIX – “if you want to know more about it go http://felixthecat.com and if you send me your address I’ll send you a guitar pick and temporary tattoo with my face on it…ABSOLUTELY FREE! Righty-O!  Ah ha ha ha ha ha ha ha…..

Copyright 2010 by Artie Wayne http://artiewayne.wordpress.com/about-artie-wayne/

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