ISAAC HAYES   8/20/42 – 8/10/08

“While I was in Memphis, back in 1972, looking for a composer to write the theme song for the WB film “Cleopatra Jones”. I went to Stax Records, where longtime friend and sometime co-writer Steve Cropper (“Dock Of The Bay”, “In The Midnight Hour”) took me on a tour of the facility. The one office that really stood out was Isaac Hayes’. It was decorated with African primitive furniture, native tapas, and floor to ceiling zebra skins covering the walls.

Behind a magnificently carved wooden desk, he had a wooden chair, with elephant tusks for armrests, trimmed in ivory, worthy of a Nubian king! Unfortunately, he was having problems with the government and didn’t come into work that day. Though I never met him I always wondered If, had I gotten him to do the score for “Cleopatra Jones”, how it might’ve
turned out.”*

Issac Hayes, R.I.P. Rock in Perpetuity!

Respectfully, Artie Wayne

As I was searching YouTube I found these incredible videos!                                              Isaac Hayes and his academy award winning “Theme from Shaft” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WNa0_u9UiJc

The “Theme from Shaft” and “Cafe Reggio” Isaac actually scoring the film 1971 (Rare)http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kgj_g_qQG50

Isaac Hayes and “Walk On By”                                                                   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U5tqAbrZeX0

From my forthcoming book, “I Did It For A Song”
Copyright 2009 by Artie Wayne
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ELVIS PRESLEY  1/8/35 – 8/16/77

“On August 16, 1977, Elvis passes away at Graceland and the world mourns, but I feel guilty about crying over him. I was laughed at in my neighborhood, back in the Bronx, for liking and trying to emulate him. It angered the Black community that he allegedly said, “The only thing “Colored” people can do for me is shine my shoes and buy my records.” That afternoon my friend, DJ, Scott Shannon comes over to the house, and gives me a large picture book on Elvis and his life. I thank him with tears in my eyes and apologize for being so emotional. Then I tell him why I feel so badly. Then Scott says, “Artie, How could anybody who loved the blues, R&B and gospel music as much as Elvis did, ever say such a horrible thing. Isn’t listening to “In The Ghetto”, enough to convince you where his heart was really at?” I realize Scott’s right, and let go of those negative thoughts. I put on a cut by Elvis from the first album I ever had, a present from Mother 20 years ago.”

by Elvis Presley from 1957 Ed Sullivan Show. “Peace In The Valley” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zAJLB9IhrI4

Then Scott and I sat around all afternoon and listened to Elvis’ best songs.including “Heartbreak Hotel” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c_1K6h1WFC0

 

Alan O’Day (Rock And Roll Heaven, Undercover Angel) recalls, “I remember my high school innocence, my passionate love affairs that existed purely in fantasy, and the exquisite pain at being rejected by a girl I worshiped. It was probably the same week that I had bought the 45 of “Heartbreak Hotel”. But when I discovered the breakup ballad “I Was The One” on the “B” side, it reached right through to my heart. The lyric spoke to exactly what I was feeling, and made it poetry. Elvis was so real to me because he knew my suffering. It was a very personal experience, and helped shape me as a songwriter.”

 

“Don’t Be Cruel” A clip from Ed Sullivan Show 1956. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g6D206o0Hws&feature=related

from Milton Berle “Texaco Star Theater” show 1956. “Hound Dog” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X5JALwwaASg

“In the summer of 1956, I went to visit some relatives in Portsmouth Ohio. I knew somehow it was going to be a special Sunday. I went to my first bar-b-que, had my first beer, and stole my first kiss. When we got back to my aunt and uncle’s house, everyone was hovering around the TV set mesmerized by some singer who’s on the Steve Allen TV show.

 

He’s a cool looking guy with a pompadour, sideburns and a guitar who is singing to a hound dog. When I see my cousins and their friends screaming and crying, this electrifying moment changes my life forever! I’m 14 years old and up until now, I wanted to be either a Nuclear Physicist, or a Clown. Now I want to be a Rock and Roll Star…a Rock and Roll Star, just like Elvis Presley!”

Ed Sullivan show with clips from Elvis’ first movie “Love Me Tender”! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HZBUb0ElnNY&feature=related

Title song from the Hal Wallis 1957 movie “Jailhouse Rock”http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tpzV_0l5ILI&feature=related

“Baby I Don’t Care” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SovkqRVsim8

 

Publicist, Bobbi Cowan recalls, “As a teen, I saw him at the old Pan Pacific Auditorium…I used to hang at a hot dog stand on Beverly Blvd, near the entrance to Pan Pacific…it was called the Kosher Puppy…They had a jukebox that had all of Elvis’ early hits, and I went broke feeding nickels into that box, to hear “Teddy Bear,”

“Teddy Bear” from “Loving You” 1957.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qhdUucs8AlY&feature=related

Ms. Cowan continues, “I must have been 17, or 18, when I was introduced to one of Elvis’ guys, and struck up a friendship with him. I think his name was James, and he invited me to come up to the house on Perugia Way in Bel Air. I would hang out, learned to shoot pool, but mostly just hang out. I’d watch Elvis, his entourage, the starlet- de- jour, all draped over a huge L-shaped couch, watching TV with the sound off, with Elvis’ music playing. He’d put a cigarette to his lips, and 10 guys would be there with lighters… An indelible image, this lanky, gorgeous, larger than life person, holding court night after night, while someone named Priscilla waited for him at something called Graceland…and yet, he was very sweet, very polite, very nice to me and the other young girls who were lucky enough to get an invitation to Perugia.”

From “King Creole” 1958 “Trouble”http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WrzPmUASBho

“I’m excited when my uncle Mick tells me that a famous songwriter Sid Wyche (“Whole Lotta’ Shakin’ Goin’ On”), has just renteds the second story of his two-family house. As I start to walk upstairs to play Sid a few of my songs, he runs down the stairs nearly knocking me and my uncle over. He apologizes, and excitedly says, that he just got a $10,000 check from Hill and Range Music, as an advance against royalties for a song that Elvis Presley just recorded, “Big Hunk Of Love”. Sid momentarily forgets that his wife is waiting for him in the car to go cash the check and takes us upstairs to play us Elvis’ record.

I’m screaming in hysterics, “Louder, Louder!” Sid’s jumping up and down and we ignore the horn frantically beeping outside as we play Elvis’ record over and over!” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f78tRmbike8&feature=related

 

From “Blue Hawaii” 1961.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CdYHivTvQCU&feature=related

“After being a staff writer at Aldon Music (Carole King, Barry Mann, Neil Sedaka, etc.), and working with songwriter/producer Paul Vance (“Itsy, Bitsy, Teenie, Weenie, Yellow Polka Dot Bikini”, “Catch A Falling Star”), I went independent.

I started writing with music vet, Ben Raleigh (“Wonderful, Wonderful”, “Tell Laura I Love Her”), and as Ben and I start to place songs all over town, one of my dreams comes true. Ben takes me up to Hill and Range Music, to meet Freddy Bienstock, who runs Elvis Presley’s publishing companies. He asks us if we’d like to write a song for Elvis’ next movie, “It Happened At The World’s Fair”

I know this is my big chance, as Ben and I reach for the stars. We write a song for Elvis to sing on top of the Space Needle in Seattle, called “Where Do You Want The World Delivered?”

Although Col. Parker, calls and tell Ben and Me, that Elvis loves the song, and we’re definitely going to be in the film, we’re knocked out at the last minute by a beautiful songwriter, who is on the set and has Elvis’ ear (among other things).

Ben and I continue for the next year and a half to work on Elvis movies. Writing for, “Kid Galahad”, “Fun In Acapulco”, and “Kissin’ Cousins”. Unfortunately, none of our songs are used, but I treasure the advance checks we would receive from Gladys Music, which had Elvis’ picture on them! I swear I’ll never cash them unless I really need the money, which is usually an hour or so after I have the check in my hand.

“It Happened At The World’s Fair” 1963 “Return to Sender”http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z54-QHEZN6E

Singer/actor, Eddie Hodges, says, “Elvis was a quiet man when I met him. I had a very small role in his movie, “Live A Little, Love A Little,” but he was very kind to me. He didn’t mind when I had to do 5 or 6 takes of a very simple scene. He was at home on the movie set and very attentive. I guess I had expected him to be kind of wild and boisterous, but that was not the case. He ran lines with me, worked out a realistic way I was to knock him down in one scene and was friendly every day. He liked jokes and told some good ones. I was smoking a Dutch cigar one day and, when he asked about them, I gave a few to Elvis. The next day, there was a whole pack of those cigars on my chair on the set. We talked about karate and he showed me some moves – even had the prop man set up a brick for him to break. He liked my square-toed boots and asked me where I got them – I heard he bought a half-dozen pair like them in all available colors. We also talked about things we did back home in Mississippi, like squirrel hunting. His boys were around him all the time – I talked a lot with Charlie Hodge, Elvis was a great person, but kind of sad. I think he was getting a divorce from Priscilla about that time, and I felt sad for him. It was a memorable time. I never had any contact with Elvis after that. I could not help but be impressed with how down-to-earth and laid back he was.”

 

“Elvis, ‘68 Comeback Special! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tthEpLS69fo

“I visit Hollywood, for the first time , about a month after the Comeback Special airs, and meet the producer/director Steve Binder and musical director, Bones Howe (the 5th Dimension, the Turtles, the Association), at a screening. I congratulate Bones for being the first producer ever to get a production credit on an Elvis Presley record with, “I Can Dream”. Then Steve shared a couple of stories with me, that happened during the taping…I wanted to hear more but then the movie started.” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lonK5kcWKKo&feature=related

“In The Ghetto”, Live 1970 performance…”In The Ghetto” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Ox1Tore9nw

Live Performance M-G-M Grand Hotel “Suspicious Minds” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SBmAPYkPeYU&feature=related

Live + Elvis and Pricilla Home Movies…”You Were Always On My Mind” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VI94AsuvUUA&feature=related

 

‘Live In Hawaii” Special… “My Way” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OlKJ-0bnxdA

“Even though Elvis has left the building…his spirit is alive in everyone who hears his music, sees his movies, or watch his videos!…”

Scott Shannon adds… “Elvis was more than just a performer, he impacted modern culture in so many ways, he changed the way people sang, dressed and behaved, both in America and around the world. To this day, you can go just about anywhere on this earth and say the one name: “Elvis”, and its pretty damn likely that you will get a response from someone.and probably even a smile!”

May you Rock In Perpetuity!
Elvis Presley 1/8/35 – 8/16/77

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Special thanks to Scott Shannon, Eddie Hodges, Bobbi Cowan , Alan O’Day, and Steve Binder, for their contributions to this tribute.

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Millions of people have seen Paris Hilton expose more of herself, in the past 24 hours than she ever has before!! Fox news is reporting, this video as a political ad, a response to John McCain, using Paris and Britney Spears to mock Obama’s celebrity. 

In fact, it’s one of Will Farrell’s best viral videos! Is Paris, “Vogue on the outside and vague on the inside?” You decide! http://www.funnyordie.com/videos/64ad536a6d

Copyright 2008 by Artie Wayne

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                               When I post the out of sync clips of “Dancing with the Stars”, on YOUTUBE with Tom Bergeron, talking out of sync and stars dancing off the beat, I wonder how fast the company will get back to me. I’m tired of being jacked around by Time-Warner Cable, transmitting sound and picture out of sync!

Here’s an e-mail from a TV producer friend of mine in Cathedral City, Ca, who’s also a highly dissatisfied customer!

“It’s especially noticeable on the ABC/FOX channels 3 & 11. All the engineer has to do is push the button on the sync generator, that syncs-up audio & video…Any TV outlet worth its salt, has one.

My other carp subject is the fact that the local stations employ, what seem to be, interns, to do their reporting, both in-studio and in the field….Most of them deliver their reports in this kind of “gee-whiz” style that’s very bush-league, (you should pardon the expression).Oh well, I guess we shouldn’t compare them with big city, real pro, counterparts.”

 

And speaking of the big city…

 

“Hey Artie–I have been having the same problem here in NYC with Time Warner cable. Thought I was going crazy with the synch problems. And then you can’t call the president anymore because they have purposely made it so your call can’t get through to him and you get disconnected eventually.”

 

And another e-mail from a concert promoter friend…

“I have had the same issue and totally agree. I just moved to NYC and purchased an HD LCD TV. After all the cost of getting that set up it is so frustrating to have the sound be off when watching shows. TWC – fix this now please!”

 

Now for someone, I don’t know who’s even angrier than I am about their customer service in L.A.

 

“WHAT A RIP OFF!!!! I HAVE BEEN LIED TO FROM THEIR CUSTOMER SERVICE FOR THE PAST 2 WEEKS. I UNFORTUNATELY MADE A MISTAKE ON MY PAYMENT. I OVER PAID AND NOW THEY WILL NOT REFUND MY MONEY. THEY HAVE TOLD ME FOR 2 WEEKS THAT IT WILL BE IN MY BANK ACCOUNT IN 72 HOURS. WHAT A JOKE! WHAT LIARS. THEY ARE ONLY INTERESTED IN THERE POCKET BOOK AND NOT THE CUSTOMERS. I MADE THE WRONG CHOICE TO BE WITH THEM. ONCE I GET MY MONEY! IF I DO! I QUIT! WHAT THIEVES!!!! BEWARE FOR YOUR POCKET BOOKS EVERYONE. WATCH WHAT THEY DO FOR THEY WILL LIE TO YOU!”

 

I’ve been debating with myself should I fight this injustice, or should I let it slide? WATCH ME!

 

To catch up on on the bullshit I’ve had to deal with click onto

https://artiewayne.wordpress.com/2007/03/28/time-warner-cable-horribly-out-of-sync/

 

https://artiewayne.wordpress.com/2007/05/03/get-refund-now-time-warner-av-out-of-sync-truth-revealed/

 

https://artiewayne.wordpress.com/2008/07/31/time-warner-cable-screws-us-againand-now-themselves/

 

 

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A HOT dripping Jessica Simpson licks it all up!

 

 

 Candid photo of members of congress, who can’t wait to adjourn for the summer.

Here’s the secret footage of the new car that General Motors developed, which uses half as much gas as a regular car, approprietly called the Chevy “Half-Astro”. No wonder the company is in trouble!

 

 

                                                                                      

 

 

Just as the National Enquirer was about to use a photo of the living, “Montauk Monster”, for their cover next week, they discovered it was only Kelly Clarkson taking a swim.

         

 

 

 

 

 

                          

Why is Hillary Clinton so happy? (CLICK Onto Picture)

Why is Howard Dean so angry? 

 

 The Papparazzi caught this photo of escape artist Chris Angel, who couldn’t get out of a bear suit!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Jimmy Carter goes undercover for PETA!

 

   

EXCLUSIVE! Outake from last official White House photo session with Cheney and Bush!

“IF IT”S ON THE INTERNET, IT’S GOTTA’ BE TRUE!”

EXCLUSIVE! THIS MAY BE THE LAST TIME YOU CAN SEE LINDSAY LOHAN AND PARIS HILTON ON TOP OF BRITNEY SPEARS! https://artiewayne.wordpress.com/2006/12/04/exclusive-photos-lindsay-lohan-and-paris-hilton-on-top-of-britney-spears/ 

For more cheap thrills click onto “BALD BRITNEY ARRESTED AT AIRPORT!” featuring a Bald Halle Berry!  https://artiewayne.wordpress.com/2007/02/19/if-its-on-the-internet-its-gotta-be-true-excusive-bald-britney-arrested-at-airport/

 CRACK IN A STAR ON HOLLYWOOD BOULEVARD…BRITNEY EXCLUSIVE!
https://artiewayne.wordpress.com/2006/12/01/theres-a-crack-in-a-star-on-hollywood-boulevard-quick-call-your-publicist/ 

Copyright 2008 by Artie Wayne  http://artiewayne.com

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not a racist, but we all know that the race card is going to be played in this election. So why don’t the campaign strategists from each party develop slogans for their own candidates, play it now, and get it out of the way. Then they can actually focus on the issues.

 

Let’s also allow each man to apologize for what they might say about each other in the future, so petty remarks aren’t blown out of proportion.

 

and let’s forget that Britney Spears and Paris Hilton, were used in an ad to mock Obama’s celebrity. Let’s forgive the left-leaning media, who kept playing a clip of the Dalai Lama, holding hands with a feeble looking McCain, about to slip and fall at any moment.

 

Let’s try not to laugh at all the racist jokes that we hear, just write them down and save them for later. We are all witnesses to history in the making. At one time, when the shit hit the fan, it’s the man with the tan who’s always the first to go. Today that man could be going to the White House!

 

Before I go any farther, I should mention that I’m half-African American and half-Jewish, which not only gives me the inalienable right to use “Oy” and “Yo” in the same sentence, but also allows me to be more candid about my multi-racial thoughts.

 

I hope Obama doesn’t appear in rapper Ludacris’ next video, after the scathing (but catchy) rhymes Ludacris made about McCain, and Clinton in his last one. Finally, I don’t think those pictures of McCain and his wife Cindy, “bumping fists”, will impress the younger generation, or ever be parodied on the cover of The New Yorker.

 

So let’s hope each candidate gives it a rest, at least until the conventions begin. And remember, don’t be afraid to call a spade a spade, unless it’s in front of someone who might beat your ass!

 

 

Copyright 2008 by Artie Wayne

 

 

For more of my thoughts on the campaign, click onto https://artiewayne.wordpress.com/2008/06/05/the-greatest-danger-that-obama-faces-is-obama-himself/  and if you’re up for little more  https://artiewayne.wordpress.com/2008/06/02/monkey-barrelism-rocks-capitol-hill/