March 12, 2009


I must be one of the luckiest guys in the world! How often do we have a chance to communicate with people that we haven’t been in touch with for over 30 years? After I finished writing my auto-biography, “I Did It For A Song”, I started to contact people who shared some of the incidents in my book and asked them for a paragraph or two to add to my story.

After doing a little catching up, I got some incredible quotes from; Lesley Gore (“It’s My Party”), producer/writer John Madera (“You Don’t Own Me”, “1, 2, 3”), Jerry Ross (“Sunny”, 98.6”, “Sunday Will Never Be The Same”), Barry Oslander (“Moms”Mabley, “The Cherry People”), Guitarists Hugh McCracken (each of the Beatles solo albums, Van Morrison, Alicia Keys), Al Gorgoni (B.J. Thomas, Evie Sands), Art Munson (Dick Dale and The Del-Tones), Vinnie Bell (inventor of the Bellzuki electric sitar).


I got confirmation of facts and events about my sharing historical moments with disc jockeys Clay Cole and Scott Shannon, BG singer Jeannie Thomas, and Joey Powers (‘Midnight Mary”). I include incredible stories from contractor and Sax man Artie Kaplan, managers Kenny Greengrass and Stephen Craig Aristei, producers Giorgio Gomelski (Yardbirds), Dennis Lambert (“Do The Freddie”, “One Tin Soldier”), publicists Gary Stromberg, Bobbi Cowan and Ken Schaffer, inventor of the wireless microphone and wireless guitar.


Just yesterday, I talked to my pal from the past producer Shelby Singleton (Clyde McPhatter, Brook Benton, Patti Page), former head of Mercury Records A&R, who bought the legendary Sun Records catalog (Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, Roy Orbison). Shelby, not only gave me some, insightful quotes, but also told me about a contest Sun Records is having, and he said I may pass the info along. Click onto  http://sunrecords.com  for chance to win a Sun Electric Guitar. You can enter once a day until March 31st, 2009.


I don’t know how it sounds…but it looks fantastic! It reminds me of a telecaster I bought in 1968 for $175.00, that my friend Hugh McCracken helped me pick out. Today, that original 1968 model is going for up to $7,000.00 on E-Bay.

Regards, Artie Wayne https://artiewayne.wordpress.com/about-artie-wayne/



Copyright 2009 by Artie Wayne 


  1. justin maas Says:

    guitars are cool

  2. Ellen Devens Says:

    Hi, I am George Devens’s daughter, here in NYC and I am sure that Artie Kaplan can come up with a few stories about my Dad and I would LOVE for my Dad to be on this site. Can you call me 646-425-5330.

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