Maybe it’s me, but there doesn’t seem to be as many memorable Oscar winning songs as there once was. I remember the first music clip I ever saw was when I was 5 years old, “Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah” from Walt Disney’s “Song Of The South”, which is now considered politically incorrect. When I located the long banned clip, my hands were sweating and my throat was dry as I clicked on the URL. But instead of seeing “Tar Babies” shuffling at the “Massa’s feet”, I saw a grandfathery African-American who was telling a story to a bunch of cartoon characters. I know the rest of the film is racist, filled with stereotypical embarrassing characters, but I’m willing to open my mind up and enjoy this great clip anyway.             

“ZIP-A-DEE-DOO-DAH” 1947 original clip from “Song Of The South” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LcxYwwIL5zQ


“OVER THE RAINBOW” 1939 by Judy Garland from “The Wizard Of Oz” http://video.aol.com/video-detail/judy-garland-over-the-rainbow-extrait-du-magicien-doz/288230387787502145/?icid=VIDURVENT08

 “TIME OF MY LIFE” 1987 by Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes from, “Dirty Dancing” Clip of final scene http://video.aol.com/video-detail/dirty-dancing-final-dance-scene/354628236  

One of the advantages of being a member of NARAS is being able to rub shoulders with the greatest writers and composers in the world. One of the greatest thrills of my career is to have been on several committees with Henry Mancini. He was nominated for an unprecedented 72 Grammys, winning 20. Additionally he was nominated for 18 Academy Awards, winning four. He also won a Golden Globe Award and was nominated for two Emmys. Here’s one of his best, “MOON RIVER” 1961 from “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”
Although Andy Williams and Jerry Butler had the hit singles, out of the hundreds of covers my favorite is by Jeannie Thomas. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c_hQyYbh3aI
“FOR ALL WE KNOW” 1970 by the Carpenters from “Bless the Beasts and Children” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kH-xF1A9PS0
“Theme from “SHAFT” by Isaac Hayes 1971 (Opening scene with song) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xDyRdhSIqlo&feature=related
“BEAUTY AND THE BEAST” 1991 by Celine Dion and Peabo Bryson http://vodpod.com/watch/1105361-dailymotion-celine-dion-beauty-and-the-beast-un-v%C3%ADdeo-de-stella78-celine-dion-beauty-and-beast

“TAKE MY BREATH AWAY” 1986 by Berlin (with clips from “Top Gun”)                      http://seductiveye.com/berlin-take-my-breath-away-official-video-top-gun


“UP WHERE WE BELONG” by Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes from “Officer and a Gentleman” (with clips from the film) http://www.imeem.com/people/4Nvmmj8/video/bgjJGYJj/joe_cocker_and_jennifer_warnes_up_where_we_belong_an_office/

I was happy for my friend Paul Williams when he won the Oscar for this next song, I was happy for myself when my longtime friend and sometime songwriting partner Art Munson, gave me the acoustic guitar he played on Barbra Streisand’s record.  “EVERGREEN” 1976 by Barbra Streisand from “A Star Is Born” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pmxCPkvaszs&feature=related

“THE WAY WE WERE” 1973 Barbra Streisand (with Film clips) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n-KPGh3wysw

 I’ve known lyricist Tim Rice since he worked at EMI in London as an assistant to producer Bob Barrett. When I met him again it was to celebrate the success of “Jesus Christ Superstar”, which he wrote with Andrew Lloyd Webber that Don Williams, Allan Rinde and I broke in the US.Here is one of Tim’s best collaborations, with Elton John. “CAN YOU FEEL THE LOVE TONIGHT?” 1994 by Elton John http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PkGDrV_2ehI


“HIGH HOPES” 1959 Here’s my Spectropop pal, Eddie Hodges (Featuring Frank Sinatra) from “Hole In The Head” http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=1910692123619089668

“SECRET LOVE” 1953 by Doris Day from “Calamity Jane” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W8Ar9Q0Eru4

“BUTTONS AND BOWS” 1948 by Bob Hope and Jane Russell in “Paleface” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JvqRMEdU8Kk  

I’ll never forget the Thanksgiving I spent with Patti Dahlstrom and Maureen McGovern, both 20th Century Records artists, over at promotion head Paul Lovelace’s house. Paul cooked dinner for us, as we also celebrated Maureen’s record going to #1, which was written by my long time friend Al Kasha and his partner Joel Hirschorn.

“THE MORNING AFTER” 1972 by Maureen McGovern from ‘Poseidon Adventure” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EH2hWwD5Qfg&feature=related

I’m Proud to say that I once signed lyricist Will Jennings to an exclusive songwriting contract when I was running Irving/Almo Music. Here’s Celine Dion, and the biggest song of all time…“MY HEART WILL GO ON” 1997 from “TITANIC” http://www.dailymotion.com/relevance/search/titanic/video/xziua_celine-diontitanic-my-heart-will-go_music  

In the early ‘60s my partner Kelli Ross and I ran Lesley Gore’s (“It’s My Party”, “You Don’t Own Me”) publishing company. Her 15 year old brother, Michael showed a lot of promise as a songwriter and composer. He didn’t come into his own, however, until 20 years later. “FAME” 1980 by Irene Cara http://au.truveo.com/Irene-Cara-Fame/id/2628494433

“TRUE LOVE” Bing Crosby and Grace Kelly from “High Society”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m4awCZr7GwY

“YOU LIGHT UP MY LIFE” 1977 by Debbie Boone http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gn4Kfvxczs0


When my ex-wife Jeanette, who was film producer Don Simpson’s personal assistant, asked me if I’d like to hear the soundtrack to the latest Bruckheimer/Simpson film, I was beside myself! Don and I worked together when he was Joe Boyd’s assistant in the film department at Warner Brothers. We used to talk about the similarities between “hooks” in hit songs and “hooks” in movies, which put its entire premise in the title itself. Without question Don Simpson was the king of high concept movie titles! And here’s one of his greatest triumphs. “FLASHDANCE” 1983 by Irene Cara http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FeZ5R3C5bzs


Just before I moved to California, Richard Baskin, who was starring on Broadway in “Hair”, brings his fellow cast mate Keith Carradine over to my house to meet me. During the course of the evening Keith plays a song he’s just written that I keep asking to hear over and over again. A few years down the line when Richard becomes musical director on Robert Altman’s “Nashville” he has Keith sing it in the film. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6KZ8PRWChb8   

I became friendly with Stephen Schwartz (“Godspell”, “Pippin”) when I was  trying to make a publishing deal with him at Warner Brothers Music. Both of us were rebels, who once tried to get into New York’s posh “21” without a tie! This rejection made us stronger, and might even had prompted Stephen to write “Colors Of The Wind’ 2005 from Disney’s  “Pocahantas  http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x57ymf_disney-pocahontas-colors-of-the-win_music  in French

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aDTMIwPfUyM  multi-language

http://reneelau.multiply.com/video/item/20/20  In Cantonese

One day while I was loading my car with groceries at the Mayfair Market in Hollywood, my pal, Gary LeMel who was running the Warner Brothers Film Department, came over to me barely able to contain himself! He said he just got Lionel Ritchie (“Dancing’ On The Ceiling”, “Hello”) to write and record the main song for the film “White Knights” starring Gregory Hines and Mikhail Baryshnikov. Lionel was at the top of his game as well at the top of the charts, and when Gary played me the cassette of the record that was about to be released, I could see why he was so excited!

“SAY YOU, SAY ME” by Lionel Ritchie from “White Knights” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CCCONFXdib0

stevie“I JUST CALLED TO SAY I LOVE YOU” by Stevie Wonder in “Lady In Red” http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xb31m_stevie-wonder

I once asked Carol Bayer Sager why there were so many writers on “Arthur’s Theme” and she explained that she been carrying a line our pal Peter Allen had once told her “Caught between the moon and New York City”. She told the line to her partner Burt Bacharach who was writing the score for the Dudley Moore movie, “Arthur”, then Christopher Cross (“Sailing”) put the icing on the cake when he recorded it.

“Arthur’s Theme” by Christopher Cross http://www.dailymotion.com/relevance/search/clip+80%27s/video/x6oh9_christopher-cross-arthurs-theme_music

“LOSE YOURSELF” 2002 by Eminem from “Eight Mile” http://beta.dailymotion.com/video/xrp3k_lose-yourself-eminem-sur-fontaine-t_music

I remember my friend, Stanley Greenberg at Scepter records playing me a demo that Burt Bacharach made for the film, “Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid” with B.J. Thomas, who wasn’t in the best voice the day he recorded. That “demo” was ultimately used in the film.
“RAINDROPS KEEP FALLIN’ ON MY HEAD” 1969 from “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” http://www.dailymotion.com/relevance/search/bj/video/x24b5w_bj-thomas-raindrops-keep-falling-on_music
When I was an artist recording for Casablanca I was hoping to get in the film that Neil Bogart was producing, “Thank God, It’s Friday”, but unfortunately, that didn’t happen. I did get one of the songs I sub-publish, “El Bimbo”, onto the soundtrack that featured Donna Summers’ Oscar winning song.
“LAST DANCE” 1979 by Donna Summer (with clips from the film) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xx3g3y64kEw 
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To get a complete list of writer and composer credits for the Oscar winning songs  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Academy_Award_for_Best_Original_Song

To reach Art Munson  http://over50music.com



I quietly looked into my bedroom and saw her lying asleep on my bed, she said her name was Angelina…Angelina Jolie!

It was 1981 and this six year old little girl, her brother James and her father, Academy Award Winning, actor John Voight had been waiting in the chilly California drizzle to visit a neighbor of mine, Al Schwartz, who’s co-writing a screenplay with him. When my Cairn Terrier Nookie started barking at the strangers hovering beneath an awning, I invited John, who is the brother of my friend, Chip Taylor writer of “Wild Thing”, and his kids, to come into my warm apartment until my neighbor arrived.

Not much of a story perhaps, but maybe enough to make me think about other special kids I’ve known: little12 year old Michael Jackson, who convinced me to build a dance floor in my office, little Whitney Houston, who used to accompany her mother, Cissy Houston with the Sweet Inspirations to background recording sessions.

I’ve seen babies grow into stars, like Maya Rudolf (“Saturday Night Live”), who once came over my to house in her mother Minnie Ripperton’s arms, and little Martha Plimpton, who would hang out with her Dad Keith Carradine (“I’m Easy”) Her Mom Shelly Plimpton, Richard Baskin and myself while we passed the guitar around.


 I’ve seen teenagers I’ve known become household names. One night when I came into Genghis Cohen, the Chinese Restaurant which I named and hosted, I saw Sarah Jessica Parker (“Sex In The City”) and Robert Downey, Jr. (“Iron Man”) sitting at a tiny table for 2 near the bathroom. I introduced myself and asked if they would prefer to have a booth?

When they finished dinner, I sat with them and told them how much I enjoyed their current films, Sarah in “Girls Just Wanna’ Have Fun” and Robert in “Weird Science”. They told me that they appreciated how they were treated at Genghis Cohen. Other restaurants wanted them to get in and out because they weren’t of drinking age and could only spend so much. I told them whenever you or your friends wanted to come in just call me. I assured them that “At Genghis Cohen, your wish…Is your problem!”

They laughed and not only became restaurant regulars, but became enthusiastic supporters of my wearable art.

One night Sarah was trying on one of my creations in the wine room at Genghis Cohen. She dresses and flicks off the light switch but it are NOT the switch for the closet it’s the switch for the ENTIRE restaurant! The owner, Allan Rinde, throws open the door, turns the darkened restaurant lights back on and GLARES at me. Sarah confesses and Allan smiles…after all who can stay mad at Sarah Jessica Parker?

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To read an article on Barbra Streisand at Genghis Cohen https://artiewayne.wordpress.com/2006/08/04/barbra-streisand-and-the-price-of-egg-rolls/

On Ronald Isley https://artiewayne.wordpress.com/2006/09/04/its-your-thing-do-what-you-wanna-do-ronald-isleyshame-on-you/

Luther Van Dross https://artiewayne.wordpress.com/2006/08/27/rock-and-roll-heaven-finally-back-online-tribute-to-joplin-vandross-and-zevon/

Glowing Memories of Genghis Cohen https://artiewayne.wordpress.com/2006/07/29/glowing-memories-of-genghis-cohen/

Peaking In A Chinese Restaurant https://artiewayne.wordpress.com/2006/11/23/peaking-in-a-chinese-restaurant/

To see some of my wearable art. http://artiewayne.com/art.html


catzapoppin-0451They’re all here! Elton, Whitney, Kenny, Elvis, Beatles, Lionel, Diana, Bee Gees, Olivia, Taylor, and dozens more of the Top Love Song Music Videos For Valentines Day!

As a songwriter, who wrote mostly topical and sad songs, I admire anyone who can write a positive love song. I put together a collection of the love songs that have inspired us over the years that are now available on YouTube. “Endless Love”, Your Song”, “Moon River”, “How Deep Is Your Love”, “Teenager In Love”, “Cara Mia”, “Long and Winding Road”, “Reach Out (I’ll Be There)”, “I Honestly Love You”, “If All We Have Is This Moment”, I Will Always Love You”, “You Will Always Be My Boo”, “My Life Would Suck Without You” and dozens more with original clips.

I also located some rare video gems, which includes the acoustic demo of “Something” by George Harrison with home movies, Bill Withers singing “Lean On Me” live in Brussels, “You Were Always On My Mind” by Elvis with home movies, and more.

It was my intention to make a collection 30 of the best Love Song Videos…but I got a little carried away. If you want to make a dedication to a loved one or make a suggestion for a video, please do so at the bottom of the article.

Thanks and regards, Artie Wayne


And now in no particular order…

The Ronettes and “Be My Baby” http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x40woa_be-my-baby-the-ronettes_music

Olivia Newton John and “I Honestly Love You” Live and better than the record! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tOyUUCJY6kE

BEYONCE “SINGLE LADIES” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rfjtpp90lu8

“Stand By Me” by Ben E. King http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x19fta_stand-by-me-ben-e-king-guests_music

The Way We Were” by Barbra Streisand http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n-KPGh3wysw

“Umbrella” by Rihanna http://vodpod.com/watch/159617-video-rihanna-feat-jay-z-umbrella-rihanna-jay-z-umbrella-dailymotion-share-your-videos

Jerry Butler & Betty Everett  “Let It Be Me” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i22xbY4u2i



“You Send Me” by Sam Cooke http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oqzv1ZS6uZs

“Sunny” and Bobby Hebb http://vodpod.com/watch/405625-bobby-hebb-sunny

“Lucky” Jason Mraz and Colbie Caillat http://vodpod.com/watch/2841353-jason-mraz-lucky-feat-colbie-caillat-music-video

“It’s Not Over” Daughtry (Unplugged) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BHXJBJZBezI&feature=related

Sugarland, “Stay”  http://music.aol.com/video/stay/sugarland/1967828

“BELIEVE” BY Cher http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B5xsiKBJGW4

“SENSUAL SEDUCTION” by Snoop Dog http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pKz-RXSeIYA

“I Can’t Stop Loving You” Ray Charles http://www.dailymotion.com/relevance/search/charles/video/x5ivol_ray-charles-i-cant-stop-loving-you_music

“My Guy” by Mary Wells http://vodpod.com/watch/580992-mary-wells-my-guy

“My Girl” By The Temptations” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ltRwmgYEUr8

“Valentine” by Martina McBride http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-iXas6Svnkk

Here’ the hottest song from “NEW MOON” by Death Cab For Cutie – “MEET ME ON THE EQUINOX” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bjIErrcr75A



“My Funny Valentine” Frank Sinatra http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x4tatz_my-funny-valentine_music

“I’ll Have to Say I Love You in a Song” by Jim Croce http://www.totallyfuzzy.net/ourtube/jim-croce/ill-have-to-say-i-love-you-in-a-song-video_cf2a3fcf3.html

“Annie’s Song” by John Denver (and just his guitar) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rp2Jn5ttlac

“Oh Girl” by theChi-Lites http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=El2TM4KvZz8&NR=1


“I’ll Make Love To You” Boyz To Men http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4mYA0gir4PA

“Unchained Melody” by the Righteous Brothers (Amazing live version) http://vodpod.com/watch/193133-righteous-brothers-unchained-melody

“Island In The Stream” Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lixDK_tMEhE

“Love Me Tender” by Elvis Presley http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HZBUb0ElnNY


“Secret Love” by Doris Day http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W8Ar9Q0Eru4

“Moon River” by Jeannie Thomas http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c_hQyYbh3aI

“Just A Matter Of Time” Randy Travis http://www.clevver.com/music/video/144537/randy-travis-its-just-a-matter-of-time.html

“HAPPY” BY Leona Lewis http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3D8POSR-kdo




“RAINDROPS KEEP FALLIN’ ON MY HEAD” by B.J. Thomas 1969 from “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” http://www.dailymotion.com/relevance/search/bj/video/x24b5w_bj-thomas-raindrops-keep-falling-on_music

“Cara Mia” by Jay and The Americans http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1sFy5_kmEi4


“Teenager In Love” by Dion and The Belmonts on Dick Clark Saturday Night Show. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SNYdcwunG7g

“Best thing That Ever Happened To Me” Gladys Knight and The Pips Live On The “Midnight Special” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8FT5QF4JZUA

“MY HEART WILL GO ON” Celine Dion 1997 from “TITANIC” http://www.dailymotion.com/relevance/search/titanic/video/xziua_celine-diontitanic-my-heart-will-go_music

“Your Song” by Elton John http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mTa8U0Wa0q8

“Lean On Me” by Bill Withers http://vids.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=vids.individual&VideoID=6434215

Stevie Wonder and “You Are The Sunshine Of My Life” http://vids.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=vids.individual&VideoID=6434215

“Just The Way You Are” by Billy Joel http://vodpod.com/watch/143602-billy-joel-just-the-way-you-are

“You Will Always Be My Boo” by Usher and Alicia Keys http://vodpod.com/watch/264363-usher-feat-alicia-keyes-my-boo

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EXTRA! SEND A SPECIAL VALENTINES DAY CARD FOR FREE!  https://artiewayne.wordpress.com/2007/02/12/send-a-very-special-valentines-day-card-with-your-own-dedication-for-free/

Picture at top: Whoppy and Streaker “True Love Goes On Forever”

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I hear the Post Office is going to charge for every e-mail sent! That might bring in billions of dollars, but at what expense? The internet is one of the few places where you can become an entrepreneur at a little or no cost and communicate with anyone, anywhere in the world for free!

If the bill that has been proposed to congress passes, many of our lives could change dramatically! What’s next…a tax to text? A tariff to TWITTER? Believing that “A Tweet Is Worth A 1000 Words”…I say “HELL NO!”

What do you think about this? You can leave your comments at the end of my article…MORE!

Copyright 2009 by Artie Wayne



Fortunately the preceding story has turned out to be a hoax. I apologize for causing anyone any undo stress, but in today’s world we have to be careful.

I want to thank everyone who brought to my attention all the facts behind this, which I‘ve reprinted. https://artiewayne.wordpress.com/2009/02/11/post-office-to-charge-for-every-e-mail-sent/

Congress Is Going to Tax Email Messages-Fiction!

Summary of eRumor:
A widely distributed email warns that legislation has been introduced in congress to add a surcharge to email.  Congressional “Bill 602P” would add a 5 cents per email tax in order to make up for millions of dollars being lost by the Postal Service because of people using email to correspond instead of letters.  The email makes reference to a recent publicity campaign by the Postal Service called “There is Nothing Like a Letter” and includes a quote from Congressman Tony Schnell.  It urges that Internet users contact their representatives in congress to oppose the bill.

The Truth:
TruthOrFiction.com has designated this as not just a rumor, but a hoax, an intentional email of misinformation.  Since it isn’t benefiting or harming anyone in particular, it is probably a prank.  According to both the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Postal Service, no such proposal has been planned or submitted.  There has never been a campaign by the Postal Service with the theme, “There’s Nothing Like a Letter.”  According to the House Of Representatives, there is a bill with the number “HR 602,” but it has nothing to do with taxing emails.  It is about long term health care insurance.  Most notably, the Congressman mentioned in the email, Congressman Tony Schnell, is a fabrication.  There is no such person in Congress.  This appears to be a U.S. version of a similar hoax in Canada in 1999.

This is a cousin to a similar eRumor that the Federal Communications Commission is going to issue a tax on Internet Access, which is also untrue.

For more information: United States Postal Service

Special thanks to Bobbi Cowan, Country Paul, and Colin Cameron for bringing the truth to light!


President Obama must be the busiest man in the world, which is why he and his people are on Twitter. They are not only able to communicate succinctly with each other in micro-seconds, but they’re also able to stay in touch with the world at large.

This is the first administration to have so much technology in its hands, which equates to power. Let’s pray that it’ll be used for good.

Unfortunately, so much speed in communication makes us want to respond quickly, but sometimes we have to have to slow down analyze, and then make our moves. In the meantime, remember “A Tweet Is Worth A Thousand Words!”

Copyright 2009 by Artie Wayne https://artiewayne.wordpress.com/about-artie-wayne/



When the “Good” Taylor Swift was criticized for using the “F-Word” in her Grammy acceptance speech…the “Bad” Lil’ Wayne came to her defense and said, “Leave the bitch alone!” It got “Ugly” when overprotective Mama Swift beat the s#%t out of the rapper for dissing her daughter!

The New York Times just changed their motto from “All the News That’s Fit to Print” to “Don’t Let the Facts Get in the Way.”

bela-stamp1Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi has been criticized by her peers for seeking special favors. Apparently not satisfied with her grandfather’s picture on a stamp, she is now trying to make his birthday a National Holiday!

When Faye Dunaway heard that Hillary Duff is starring in the remake of “Bonnie and Clyde” she said, “Why didn’t they get a real actress?” Miss Duff responded, “It doesn’t matter what she said, none of my fans know who she is anyway.”

Until the economy improves, President Obama has suspended the carving of his likeness into Mount Rushmore.

60’s R&B singer Etta James, had to be removed from the Grammies when she tried to tackle Beyonce, just as she was about to perform James’ signature song, “At Last”.


Eight times 2008 Olympic Gold Winner, Michael Phelps, has been given a three month suspension from swimming in competition in response to a widely circulated picture of him smoking “pot” in a bong. He’s also agreed to start using rolling papers like everybody else.

A major celebrity feud has broken out between Angelina Jolie and Madonna, who tied in last year’s African baby races. It seems that both Superstars are bidding for the octuplets recently born in California.

People Tom Jones

68-year-old singer Tom Jones will launch a U.S. tour in February to promote his new album, ‘24 Hours.’ Jones plans to play intimate clubs rather than sprawling arenas during the 15-date tour. It is also noted that after singing soul songs since 1963, Jones has finally turned black!

When they said Hugh Hefner had new twin girlfriends, no one expected the OLSEN TWINS!



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grammy1514It’s easy to see why Lil’ Wayne, Coldplay, Adele, Duffy, Jennifer Hudson, Bruce Springsteen, Alicia Keys, are the top Grammy winning artists of 2009. I was holding my breath when the 51st edition of the Grammys came on. I was hoping for the best, but braced myself for a disappointment. I was actually shocked at how good the show was! I have a long history with the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, from being a member in the 60’s, to becoming a Vice- President under Jay Cooper, in the 70’s, as well as sitting on the Board of Governors.

My biggest complaint has always been the artists who appear on the telecast who are there to promote their latest release, that sometimes leaves you wondering, how the hell did they get nominated in the first place? Last night was different, every artist who performed did a song that was not only one of their best, but one that was familiar to the public. I’m sure that when the artists saw each other in rehearsal and realized what they were up against… and the bar was raised!

My favorite performances of the evening were by Coldplay, Jennifer Hudson, Kid Rock, Allison Krauss and Robert Plant, Al Green and Adele, but I was blown away by Stevie Wonder and the Jonas Brothers and “Superstition”!

Congratulations to an array of the most deserving recipients I’ve ever seen! Winner of 5 Grammys including Record of the Year, Album of the Year, Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals: Robert Plant and Alison Krauss,”Raising Sand” “Gone, Gone, Gone! http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x45hcp_clip-gone-gone-gone-raising-sand_music

Best Rock Album, Song of the Year: Coldplay, “Viva la Vida”  Bruce Springsteen, “Girls in Their Summer Clothes” best Rock song http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U7g7-lL6cQU

Best Rock Vocal Performance: John Mayer “Gravity” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oi3TLDS7hm8

Best Alternative Music Album: Radiohead, In Rainbows http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-kCKob1YKOU&feature=PlayList&p=ED0E53849C96D7D9&index=0

Best Rap Song Lil’ Wayne “Lollipop” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=740d8sTpM7U

Best R&B Female performance Alicia Keys “Superwoman” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xK8t0gP4isE

Best R&B Song: Ne-Yo, “Miss Independent http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wtm8v6MryBk

Best R&B Album: Jennifer Hudson http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ojza4LcC-4

Best Pop Vocal Album: Duffy, Rockferry  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KE2orthS3TQ

Best New Artist: Adele “Chasing Pavements” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qz7vGW2_5c0

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration: Estelle Featuring Kanye West, “American Boy”  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MMYg8yi–Dk

Best Country Album: George Strait, Troubadour http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tZthxPiXywY

Best Male Country Vocal Performance: Brad Paisley “A Letter To Me” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6fqtbMHfpXY

Best Female Country Performance” Last Name” Carrie Underwood http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zok3tTtqkoI

Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group: Sugarland, “Stay” LIVE AT THE GRAMMYS!  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=naAwaTXxywQ

FOR COMPLETE LIST OF GRAMMY WINNERS! http://www.eonline.com/uberblog/b98902_winners_complete_list_from_2009_grammys.html

Copyright 2009 by Artie Wayne  https://artiewayne.wordpress.com/about-artie-wayne


BUDDY HOLLY  9/7/36 – 2/3/59

“When my Mother asks me what I want for Christmas, I curl my lip like Elvis and say, “A guitar ma’m…a guitar”. As usual, she gives me something that exceeds my expectations.  She sees me admiring an acoustic Kay guitar in a pawnshop by the 3rd Avenue El, and buys it for me on a lay-a-way plan.


I can’t afford guitar lessons, so I do the next best thing; I sit in front of the stage at an Alan Freed Rock and Roll show and watch Buddy Holly and the Crickets.

The show is advertised as having the biggest Stars in the Rock and Roll Galaxy. Although I enjoy Bo Diddley (“Bo Diddley”), Eddie Cochran (“Summertime Blues”), Chuck Berry “Maybeline”, The Diamonds (‘Lil Darlin’”),and The Flamingos (“I Only Have Eyes For You”), I’m here to see one group, whose song, “That’ll Be The Day”, is racing up the charts!

I remember Alan Freed comes out at the 10:00 AM show, in his trademark plaid jacket and is about to introduce Buddy Holly and the Crickets. From where I’m sitting I can see someone in the wings waving and trying to get Alan’s attention. Now he sees two-thirds of the group waiting in the wings, but makes his announcement anyway, “Now here’s Buddy Holly and The Cricket!”. Fortunately, Joe B.Mauldin runs onstage with his stand-up bass, halfway through the first song, and added the icing on the cake.

“Well, That’ll Be The Day…when you say goodbye. That’ll be The Day…”


After the show, I stand in the pouring rain hoping to meet my hero at the stage door. Ritchie Valens, and Eddie Cochran, who is also on the show, comes out and graciously signs autographs for anyone who asks. Joe B. Mauldin, and Jerry Allison of the Crickets, sign my autograph book as well.


I wait another half an hour ’cause I can’t wait to tell Buddy how much his music means to me and how I sat in the third row for the last few days making diagrams of where he put his fingers so I can play just like him! When his bandmates return, Joe says that Buddy probably isn’t coming out.  Disappointed but inspired, I take the subway back home to the Bronx before it gets dark.

When your plane crashed, they said it was the “Day the music died”…but Buddy, your music has never died for me,”Rave On” and Rock In Perpetuity!



2011 by Artie Wayne https://artiewayne.wordpress.com/about-artie-wayne/


JUST ADDED A MINUTE AND A HALF CLIP OF BUDDY AND ELVIS IN A 1955 HOME MOVIE!http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x8k2b_johnny-cash-elvis-presley-buddy-hol_music




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