THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR PRAYERS AND TO MUSIC PUBLISHER DON WILLIAMS FOR GIVING ME TWO COMPUTERS WHICH I’LL HAVE NEXT WEEK! I’M KEEPING ONE AND GIVING THE OTHER TO A LITTLE 9 YEAR-OLD BOY, WHOSE BROTHER AFTER GOING ON A KILLING SPREE, WAS CAPTURED IN OF ONE OF THE LARGEST MANHUNTS IN CALIF. HISTORY!
THE LITTLE BOY, SPENDS MOST HIS FREE TIME IN THE LIBRARY ON THE COMPUTER AWAY FROM HIS ABUSIVE FATHER, OR IN THE SAFE HOME OF A LOVING FRIEND OF MINE, WHO WILL KEEP HIS COMPUTER FROM BEING SOLD FOR DRUGS.
I’M GETTING MY NEXT INJECTION FROM DR. LAI NEXT WEEK, BUT I HAVE OTHER PRESSING MATTERS AT HAND. THIS QUARTER I HAVEN’T RECEIVED ONE PENNY IN SONGWRITING ROYALTIES, DUE TO ADVANCES THAT HAVEN’T BEEN PAID BACK…AND I’VE RUN OUT OF MONEY AND NOW FOOD.
WHILE TRYING TO FIGURE OUT HOW TO GET AN HONEST ACCOUNTING FOR SONGS OF MINE THAT MICHAEL JACKSON RECORDED, 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 WRITING I HOPE YOU’LL CONSIDER BUYING ONE…IT’S ONLY $9.99
THANK YOU, ARTIE
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IT IS WITH GREAT SADNESS THAT I’M WRITING ABOUT ROBIN GIBB MAKING HIS TRANSITION TO THE OTHER SIDE, WE ALL WERE SO HOPEFUL WHEN THAT HE CAME OUT OF HIS COMA AFTER LISTENING TO HIS OWN MUSIC, HE WOULD RECOVER COMPLETELY…ONCE AGAIN GOD HAD OTHER PLANS.
AS I WRITE THIS I’M LISTENING TO “TOO MUCH HEAVEN” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nREV8bQJ1MA&feature=related, TEARS ARE UNASHAMEDLY ROLLING DOWN MY FACE KNOWING THAT ROBIN JUST RETURNED TO US BRIEFLY TO REMIND US THAT LOVE IS ALIVE IN ALL OF US. “WE’RE LIVING IN A WORLD OF FOOLS BREAKING US DOWN…WHEN THEY ALL SHOULD LET US BE…”
I CAN BARELY LISTEN TO THE BEE GEES SING, “I CAN SEE BEYOND FOREVER, EVERYTHING WE ARE WILL NEVER DIE…LOVE IS SUCH A BEAUTIFUL THING!”
THANK YOU FOR SAYING SO MANY BEAUTIFUL THINGS THAT WE COULDN’T SAY FOR OURSELVES
GOD BLESS YOU ROBIN…R.I.P. MAY YOU ROCK IN PERPETUITY!
RESPECTFULLY, ARTIE WAYNE
I’M PROUD TO HAVE REPRESENTED THE SONGS OF ROBIN, MAURICE, AND BARRY AT VARIOUS STAGES OF THEIR CAREER. HERE IS MY PERSONAL COLLECTION OF30 BEE GEE VIDEOS THAT HAS BEEN NUMBER ONE FOR THE PAST FOUR YEARS ON GOOGLE SEARCHES. http://artiewayne.wordpress.com/2009/06/20/top-30-bee-gee-videos-for-free/
HERE IS THE BEE GEES NEARLY TWO HOUR CONCERT VIDEO THAT I’VE NEVER SEEN UNTIL NOW http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x1iTp6aWm_Q&feature=related
Grammy-winner Robin Gibb dead at age 62: Singer loses fight with cancer
In April, Gibb had been in the news, as his battle with cancer had diminished his strength, and he was in a coma, with little expectation of emerging. Last month, music writer Artie Wayne reported that doctors had only given Robin a 10% chance to awaken. Gibb’s family and fans across the world were said to be praying for him, with hopes for complete recovery even going forward. On April 27, Wayne reported that Gibb had emerged from his coma, and had responded to having heard his own music, with the Bee Gees, played repeatedly. Robin awoke from the coma and lived another 3 weeks in another unexpected miracle.
NOW HERE IS THE SERIES WE’VE ALL BEEN WAITING FOR “BEYOND AMERICAN BANDSTAND”, FEATURING BUNNY GIBSON, KENNY ROSSI, ARLENE SULLIVAN, BOB CLAYTON, JUSTINE CARELLI, GREGORY AND LAWRENCE ZARIAN WHICH INCLUDES A VIDEO OF THE ORIGINAL BANDSTAND DANCERS AS THEY THEY ARE TODAY!
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Arlene Sullivan and Kenny Rossi danced together on American Bandstand for a little more than a year. At the height of their popularity, they received as many as 500 letters a day. Arelene, whose mother was a devoted fan, claims she danced on the show “to get my mother’s attention.” Within three months, Arlene was a regular appearing five days a week. “I was always surprised,” she says,” that people wanted my autograph. I danced on a TV show; nothing I did was different than kids were doing in their basements. But maybe that’s why we were so popular. We were them, and they were us.”
Justine Carelli and Bob Clayton were the dream couple of the show, the star struck lovers. Justine started dancing on Bandstand in 1956, when she was still in junior high school. She spent almost an hour, five days a week, on the fifteen-mile bus ride from her school to the WFIL studios just to dance. Meanwhile, in Wilmington, Delaware, a young high school school student, Bob Clayton, was watching the show and falling in love with Justine. He made his way to the show in 1957 and asked Justine to dance. Letters poured in, and Justine and Bob became the most popular and best known couple on the show. The couple was on magazine covers, in newspaper articles, and appeared at scores of dances and shows.
American Bandstand was an amazing time for us. I was on the show 1st and then invited my twin brother Lawrence to join me and for the following years, ( 1981-1987 ) we were known by Dick Clark and the rest of the gang as “The Twins” on AB. Even when Dick went on to host ” The Other Half ” he would say, here are ” The Twins “.
With our dance partners, we were introduced to music legends. To see them get their start on AB was incredible. To be part of the Jackson 5 reunion Tour ” Triumph ” to Sheena Easton, Adam and the Ants, just to name a few was a dream come true. We were introduced to the entertainment industry by dancing on a show that people across the country watched every Saturday. We were local celebrities and it was the best of times.
Dick Clark, was always, kind and interested in what was going on with his ” Twins ” We learned from being on the show for those years, what it was like to be part of a TV family. We have taken all that we learned into our careers today. For the past 15 years, Lawrence has been known as TV’s The Fashion Guy. He coined the phrase, ” Dress up or Dress Down ” into an industry Go to saying…. From Red Carpets to every award show in town, from Sandra Bullock-his dear friend, to Meryl Streep, He has talked the talk and walked the walk with the biggest and brightest in the business. He can be seen on Entertainment Tonight, weekly and was on ” Live with Regis and Kelly ” now, ” Live with Kelly ” as their go to Fashion-Guy, make over guru.
Since my days on American Bandstand I have modeled all over the United States and Internationally. I became a successful actor, commercially ( over 100 spots) and I have guest starred in tv and film: HBO’s Entourage, CBS’s The Mentalist, ABC’s General Hospital, to name a few to feature films, most notably, the award winning www.ReconciliationMovie.com. I am also a motivational speaker that carries into the Lifestyle show I host Healthline. Together we work constantly. From Guest starring roles on FX’s Nip Tuck to hosting the weekly live talk show, ” The Zarian Forum ”
We are grateful for the life changing experiences we learned from our years on American Bandstand. We will forever be grateful for the time we spent with our Friend, Dick Clark. Our hats off to you and as you did after every show, we are saluting you back, Sir…a true pioneer, a true legend.
NOW HERE IS A CBS NEWS FEATURE THAT SHOWS BOB AND JUSTINE, KENNY AND ARLENE AS THEY ARE TODAY! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g6ixZwnjsUw
HERE IS MY TRIBUTE TO DICK CLARK THAT’S BEEN CALLED “THE BEST ON THE INTERNET” http://artiewayne.wordpress.com/2012/04/19/dick-clark-r-i-p-rock-in-perpetuity/.
SPECIAL THANKS TO BOBBI COWAN http://bobbicowan.com, BUNNY GIBSON http://bunnygibson.com, and HISTORY OF ROCK.COM http://www.history-of-rock.com/american_bandstand_pictures http.htm for helping with this article.
Before 26 Grammys, an Emmy, 7 Oscar nominations, and becoming one of the most successful record producers of all time (“Thriller”, “We Are The World”), before producing hit TV shows, (“Jenny Jones”, “Mad TV”, “Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air”) and films (“The Color Purple”, “Listen Up”), Quincy was first and foremost a musician of the highest order!
“People have called me a jazz musician, but that’s ludicrous. I have yet to figure out what a jazz musician is.”
Q was the first high level black executive to work for a major record label in the 60′s, when he was producing Leslie Gore (“It’s My Party”, “You Don’t Own Me”) for Mercury records. Although Kelli Ross and I ran his publishing companies, in New York for years, I didn’t really get to know him until I moved to California and worked for Warner Brothers music. in 1972 he wanted to concentrate on writing and scoring more films.
He had already done, “In Cold Blood”, “Bob, Carol, Ted and Alice”, “Cactus Flower”, “The Getaway”and “Cotton Comes To Harlem”, a highly successful “Blaxpoitation” film. In his eagerness to take Hollywood by storm, he had over committed himself and promised his friend, Sam Goldwyn, Jr. to do the music for “Come Back Charleston Blue”, the follow up to “Cotton”, although he was weeks behind in scoring another film.
The usually cool “Mr. Jones”, was in a panic and needed a Black composer fast, or risk facing an embarrassing situation. He called me and asked if I’d do personal favor for him and help him out of a jam. The first person he wanted me to approach was one of our Warner Brothers writers and Atlantic artist, Donny Hathaway, who was riding high with his first album and singles, “The Ghetto” and “Where Is The Love” (with Roberta Flack). I remember Donny, in his Kongol Cap and me in my “Superfly” hat, “bopping” into a screening of the film and leaving with an enthusiastic commitment from Donny, which got Quincy off the hook!
Q said that he would let me have his screen credit as musical consultant if I could continue to help to put the soundtrack together. Needless to say I jumped at the chance! Although I just learned how to drive, knowing that Quincy didn’t drive at all, I volunteered to take us wherever we had to go over the next hectic month. Although he seemed nervous and at times held onto the dashboard for dear life, he never said anything about my driving! He did, however, introduce me to some of the most important men in Hollywood, and gave me a tip on how to deal effectively with them.
“Use “fuck” in your conversation every once in a while to get their attention!”
While driving around he also clued me in on what I could expect from life itself! We were both between wives, and hung out with football Hall of Famer, Jim Brown, and “Hair” director Michael Butler, who always had a party going on. We also were warmly welcomed at “The Candy Store”, “The Factory” and the Polo Lounge at the Beverly Hills hotel, where he introduced me to some of the most incredible women in the world! I remember one actress in particular, who was as emotionally disturbed as she was beautiful. On one of our drives I told him I was falling in love with her, he just shook his head and said,
“She can be saved…but do you want to be her savior?” A question I’ve asked of myself on several occasions, concerning other complex relationships I’ve had since then.
He also showed me how to deal in social situations with the”Soul Handshake”, which can be a very elaborate and varied ritual. Q had a simple way of handling it. He’d grab the shaker’s hand with both of his hands and hold them until the “shaker’s”urge went away. A method I’ve continue to use to this day.
On long drives I took the opportunity to pop in an 8 track and play a song or two I was promoting. This usually led to a discussion about music. I tried to interest him in covering a couple of songs by Sly and The Family Stone, which he passed on, saying he liked their tracks but the songs weren’t melodic enough for him. He laughed and said,
“I like my music, like my women…pretty on the top and funky on the bottom!”
When I complained about the quality of the 1972 state of pop music, Q said,
“The Pop market always comes back to classically influenced music…when a genre goes as far as it can go, that’s the only place where it can go.”
35 years later, his words still ring true. Today, Rap, Hip-Hop and Pop artists are incorporating more and more long passages of classically influenced music into their recordings, including Alicia Keys, Lady Gaga, Kanye West, Ne-Yo, Michael Buble’ , John Legend, and Rihanna.
Even though I haven’t seen Q in years, I remember the time that we spent together as one of the highlights of my life! I read something recently he said to his critics that inspires me whenever I get low on self esteem.
“Not one drop of my self-worth depends on your acceptance of me”
Official Quincy Jones website http://www.myspace.com/quincyjones
Copyright 2011 by Artie Wayne http://artiewayne.wordpress.com/about-artie-wayne/
HERE IS PART TWO OF “ROCK AND ROLL AND RACISM” BY ME AND HUNTER GEORGE https://www.facebook.com/hhuntergeorge
“Sometimes a missed opportunity can make a deeper impact on the soul than an opportunity that’s been taken”.
In the early 60′s while I was trying to become a Rock and Roll Star, Martin Luther King, Jr. was going to jail on a regular basis for leading peaceful Civil Rights demonstrations in the deep south against segregation.
I’ve never admitted it before, but I was one of those “Negroes” who thought that King’s actions would hurt those of us who were trying to assimilate into a “White Society”. I remember on one of his trips to the north, to raise money for the movement, he came to Thessalonia Baptist Church in the Bronx, where I was a member.
I was 19, and still living at home with my Mother and Grandmother (who I called Gooma), and “Gooma” insisted that I go to a special Sunday afernoon service where Dr. King was speaking. When I said, “What do I want to see that troublemaker for?”
Gooma snapped back, “Jesus was a troublemaker!…but wouldn’t you have liked to have seen him if you had the chance?” There was nothing I could say…so I agreed to go as long as I could leave before he spoke, so I could make it down to Greenwich Village to meet my Beatnik friends at the Cafe Figaro. Starting that afternoon, when my downtown pals couldn’t stop talking about Rev. King and how I missed a chance to not only hear him speak, but to possibly meet him, I started to look at him…and myself differently.
As the months passed, I learned more about the great man and started to develop a social conscience. Through the years I’ve seen his influence not only affect our people, but all people…all over the world! Even though I didn’t actually meet him, I’m grateful to have seen him and breathed the same air that he did…if only for a few moments!”
January 15, has always been a special day since it’s Gooma’s birthday as well as Martin Luther Kings’. God bless You doctor King and thank you Gooma, without each of you I would be a lesser person than I am today!
“When the sit-ins started, the black community was on the move marching peacefully, but when they tried to block entrances they were hauled off to jail. Lunch counters were closed but things were pretty quiet except for the white folk. I knew a lot of the Raleigh Police Force and they let me have the run of the main street with my camera and kept whites on the opposite side, away from the demonstrators.
I did not want things to change, and yet I knew something was terribly wrong and things had to change. I got into a “discussion” with an older well off white man, who told me and others that “he wasn’t going to eat with no damn niggers.” I said whats the difference. Mary, your Maid, who catches the bus every day to come clean your house, look after and feed your kids, cook supper for you, the Mrs. and the kids before she goes home at night hasn’t killed you yet. The man said nothing. Maybe at that point we both began to look at things differently.
There was a hamburger place downtown called Scotties. One day four blacks and two whites came into the place to sit-in. Scottie took their orders and brought the four blacks their food, then came around the counter and got the two white guys by the scruff of the neck and threw them out the door, saying “the law says I have to serve these people, but I don’t have to serve you.”
I worked in the black section of Raleigh, NC selling insurance in the early 60s. One day I went in to a black restaurant at the height of the sit-ins and asked the guy if he served white people. He said “yeah, I guess I have to.” Everyone, who had gotten quiet when I walked in, broke out in laughter. I can’t sing, so I had to get em with humor.
When Dr. King was killed in 1968, I cried. That should never have happened. As the years have gone by, and I have grown in character, I have grown to admire Dr. King even more. Any black man who would face a mob of angry whites in the south had guts and was truly a Man.”
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