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I’VE BEEN IN THE MUSIC BUSINESS FOR OVER  50 YEARS AND I’VE NEVER KNOWN A GREATER CHAMPION OF THE SONGWRITER THAN JOHN BRAHANEY! (SEEN ABOVE WITH DIANE WARREN (“UNBREAK MY HEART”, “HOW AM I SUPPOSED TO LIVE WITHOUT YOU?”, “IF I COULD TURN BACK TIME”)

When I moved to LA in 1970, to work as a songplugger for VIVA Music, my new songwriter friend Alan O’Day (“Undercover Angel”, “Angie Baby”, “Rock and Roll Heaven”) who took me to a meeting of the Los Angeles Songwriters Showcase (LASS), where I met Len Chandler, the late Mandy Martin, and John Braheny for the first time. I was impressed by the loving support system they built for new and seasoned songwriters to shield themselves from the harsh reality of the music business while they developed their craft.

Over the years I stayed in touch with John, helped me out whenever I needed it, from showcasing my staff writers at Warner Brothers and Irving/Almo music to finding me new writers when I went into business for myself.

HERE ARE A FEW RESPONSES TO JOHN BRAHANEY’S PASSING FROM VARIOUS WEBSITES…

To my dear friend John Brahaney, thank you for being there when no-one else was and believing in me when no one else did. Rest in Peace.

from Diane Warren

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REST IN PEACE, JOHN BRAHENY (ONE-OF-A-KIND SONGWRITER MENTOR, EDUCATOR, AND AUTHOR WHO LEFT US THIS (SATURDAY) AFTERNOON)

John said to me last Sunday, “It’s those of us left behind who feel the pain.”

I believe he is in a place of peace. But we have to endure, keep his spirit alive, and try to be as giving & generous as he was. And be as helpful as possible to JoAnn, without being intrusive. She has been brave and positive through John’s years of worsening illness. This is a terribly sad day. But there is a silver lining in the insights and heart he has shared with so many of us.

God bless you, John.

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Alan O’Day and Yuka

 

 

John and the LASS also presented performing  talent that was stellar. Here are a few of the super talents who showcased during that period: Jules Shear IRS Recording artist & hit writer who then had a day gig sewing sequins on shoes; Keith Green who in his short life brought inspiration to many as a Christian artist on Sparrow Records; Alan O’Day later was a staff writer for Warner Bros., had a hit as an artist/writer with “Undercover Angel”; Ed Sanford & John Townsend showcased their soon-to-be hit “Smoke From A Distant Fire”; Stephen Bishop showcased “On And On” and other great songs; Diane Warren began auditioning for the Showcase at the age of 15, and, shortly after, performed in her first public Showcase in April ’74. Len and John critiqued over 150 of her songs; Larry Groce showcased his novelty song “Junk Food Junkie” before it became a #1 hit on his independent label; Baker Knight later wrote the Mickey Gilley country hit “Don’t The Girls All Look Prettier At Closing Time;” Warren Zevon showcased “Poor Poor Pitiful Me,” “Werewolves Of London” and other songs that later became hits for both Linda Ronstadt and himself. John Rhy’s saw his set at the showcase and produced the first LP of those songs before Warren signed with Warner Bros Records; David Clayton Thomas Blood, Sweat & Tears’ former lead singer; Rotunda featuring super guitarist/artist Steve Lukather; Franne Golde just arrived in Los Angeles from Chicago. Later a recording artist, co-wrote the Commodores smash “Night Shift” (see bio for further list of hits); R.C. Bannon has become a successful country hit writer/artist/producer. Other country hitmakers showcased then include Robert ByrneKerry ChaterChick RainsKieran Kane and Sandy PinkardStevie Nicks & Lindsey Buckingham turned in a powerhouse performance several months prior to joining Fleetwood Mac.

for additional comments and information about John Brahaney click onto http://johnbrahaney.com  and http://facebook.com/johnbrahaney

My condolences to Joann, John’s family and friends, and the thousands of people whose lives he enriched.

May you ROCK IN PERPETUITY …Your friend, Artie 

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