rorer714“In the music business, it’s very easy to become addicted to drugs. There is always someone around who has some and is eager to share. Although I smoke grass and do some psychedelics, during the ‘60s, in the 70s I use cocaine to give me more stamina when I have to work late in the office or the studio, and Quaaludes to bring me down from all that stress.


At the time no one thinks that doing ‘ludes or coke is a big deal…I even wrote a song about it…





by Artie Wayne and Ben Benay

You can say be mine behind some wine


Or you’re a gas on a little grass


But when you’re in a lovey-dovey attitude





Now you can say you’re cute when you’ve had a toot


Or you’re okay on Courvoisier


But when you start to feel like you’re in the mood





Now one will make you crazy…two will make you hazy


Three you’re lovin’ everyone you know


Now people let me school you


Those little Ludes will fool you


You might marry someone you met an hour ago!



Right now you don’t care…but you better beware


With a witness there in court he’s gonna’ swear


He said he loved her to the greatest magnitude


His legs were rubber and he seemed to come unglued


The judge’ll bring his gavel down and then conclude









Copyright 2009  by Wayne Art Music and Ben Benay Music.



Maybe it’s because I represent the publishing of artists like Sly Stone and Stephen Stills, who are spending millions of dollars on “blow”, that my own “measly” consumption of a gram a day seems insignificant by comparison.


It’s only when my co-writer of “NEVER SAY I LOVE YOU ON A LUDE”, studio guitarist Ben Benay, dies of a drug overdose, do I re-examine the direction my own life is taking.”


Copyright 2009 by Artie Wayne from the forthcoming book, “I Did It For A Song”






     In his first book, “The Harder They Fall”, Gary Stromberg, former publicist, and film producer wrote, “I had helped build a hugely successful PR firm, Gibson & Stromberg, representing a virtual Who’s Who of contemporary music talent in the sixties and seventies. Touring the world with The Rolling Stones, Ray Charles and Pink Floyd. Helping launch the careers of Elton John, the gnome-like Marc Bolan of T-Rex, Cat Stevens, The Doors, Earth Wind & Fire, Steely Dan, James Taylor, Steppenwolf, Three Dog Night, Jethro Tull.  The list went on.  
Who had any inkling that twelve years of nonstop drug abuse was about to take me down?  

It started out as great fun. For someone essentially shy like me, drugs made me bigger and bolder. Eventually, drugs and alcohol got the best of me. The fun became depravity. I was without purpose, wrestled with my demons, and lost. The facade fell. I crashed and burned, but the will to survive took over. I was given the greatest gift I’ve ever received . . . sobriety. And with it came a new life.  
Five years ago I decided to write a book about recovery. Not mine, but the stories of many of the musicians I had worked with while I was in the business; Paul Williams, Chuck Negron from Three Dog Night, Alice Cooper, Dr. John (Mac Rebennack), Steve Earle, Grace Slick and Nile Rodgers. But I also expanded the concept to include interviews with Richard Pryor, authors Annie Lamott and Pete Hamill, boxing great Gerry Cooney, comic Richard Lewis and several others. Thus, The Harder They Fall was born.

Last week my latest book, Second Chances (McGraw-Hill) was released. It tells the stories of big time business executives who crashed from alcoholism and/or drug abuse only to reclaim their lives in recovery. People like former CBS Records head Walter Yetnikoff shared their intimate stories with me. 
I feel truly blessed to have been given the opportunity to write about something I love. Recovery, for people with addictions is the only hope, and my books carry what I believe to be a powerful message that recovery is indeed possible.” 

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March 14, 2009

tinkTwo of my favorite songs out today are “My World Would Suck Without you” by Kelly Clarkson and “I Kissed A Girl” by Katy Perry, both have become #1 in spite of their racy titles and graphic lyrics. As I sit back and enjoy these songs on my I-Pod, I think of another time when radio and television would never even have considered playing these great recordings just because of the titles.


“For decades radio wouldn’t play “Strange Fruit” by Billie Holiday, with it’s depiction of “Negroes” who were lynched and left to hang in trees, for fear it would cause riots. In the late 50s, “Tell Laura I Love Her”(Raleigh/Barry) by Ray Peterson hit #1, which told the story of an ill fated teenage romance and a deadly race car crash, opened the floodgate of “so-called” sick songs. Although “Patches” (Mann/Kolber) by Dickie Lee, and “Ebony Eyes”(Bryant/Bryant) by the Everly Brothers made it to the top of the charts, radio soon banned any other “sick” records from being played.


It isn’t long before songs with sexual innuendos, or drug references aren’t allowed on the air. We’ve all seen the clips of Mick Jagger Rolling his eyes on the the Ed Sullivan Show, when he’s forced to change the lyrics of “Let’s Spend The Night Together” to “Let’s Spend Some Time Together”.  


“The first time I was affected personally by censorship was back in 1966.The day the Troggs, “Wild Thing” (Chip Taylor), hit #1 on two labels at the same time, my wife Sheilah and I had their producer Larry Page and his wife Lee over for dinner.* As a joke, 10 minutes before they arrived, I wrote a blatantly sexual parody, called, “Somewhere My Girl Is Waiting”. After dinner, I introduce the song as a special dessert. While Sheilah rolls her eyes, I half-talk and half-sing then fall to my knees as I sing the last verse imitating Reg Presley, lead singer of the Troggs.


“When I look down at you…there by the fireside…reaching up…to touch me You make it hard…to say goodbye”, then Larry jumps up starts singing the last chorus with me, “Somewhere My Girl Is Waiting…Somewhere her heart is breaking…so let me go…please let me go…(groan)…ah…yes…..Yes…..YES!!”***


Sheilah looks like she’s about to kill me, until Larry screams, “I love it…I love it!” He records it in London the following week, unfortunately it’s pulled off the market three days after they rush release it, for being too suggestive.**


I wonder how many good records never saw the light of day…because we were never allowed to hear them. 


Here is a story of two of those records, one by my alter ego, Shadow Mann, “Come and Live With Me”, the other by my protégé Rainbo (a/k/a Sissy Spacek) “John You Went Too Far This Time”, and how the Legendary Morris Levy (Roulette Records) tried to make us into stars!





*Because Greene and Stone Productions made a deal with two different record companies for the US rights, the Troggs single was available on two competing labels: Atco and Fontana (distributed by Mercury). Because both pressings were taken from the identical master recording, Billboard combined the sales for both releases, making it the only single to simultaneously reach #1 for two different companies.”


**From the forthcoming book, “I Did It For A Song” copyright 2009 by Artie Wayne


 ***””Somewhere My Girl Is Waiting” Words and music by Artie Wayne. Copyright 1968/2009 by Wayne Art Music




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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  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



Copyright 2009 by Artie Wayne 

roxbury1 A few months ago, I was talking to my friend, guitarist/producer Art Munson, who started off his career playing with Dick Dale and the Del-tones. He had just posted a 1962 TV clip on YouTube of the band doing “Miserlou”, and I told him it was the first time I had seen the band or heard the song, even though I knew it was a big hit…west of the Rockies. Had MTV existed at the time it might have been more than a regional hit.

As a kid I would go and see a movie, sometimes four or five times just to see and hear a song performed like “Secret Love” by Doris Day from “Calamity Jane”, or “Jailhouse Rock” by Elvis, and wish there was a way to bring them home with me. Now these clips are as close as our computer. All you got to do is Google Secret Love Calamity Jane Video and there it is! Google Jailhouse Rock Elvis Video and got a choice of a black and white or a colorized version! The same search method can be used for any TV show or movie clip you’ve ever seen in your lifetime!

In 1982, my friend and client, Radio and TV record spot producer Joe Klein and I went to the launching party of MTV and experienced first hand why “Video Killed The Radio Star”. A few weeks ago, the first “American Idol” winner, Kelly Clarkson entered the Billboard charts at 97 with “My Life Would Suck Without You”, the following week she hit #1…the biggest jump in the history of Billboard! Now it looks like she’ll have her first #1 World Wide hit. Thanks to videos, MTV, and music at the speed of life!

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As a songwriter and publisher I can now show songs on video to more artists and producers than I ever have before using the internet. I suggested to Alan O’Day that he update his classic, “Rock And Roll Heaven” (O’Day/ Stevenson) Here’s the demo that Alan O’Day came up with and the video by Sebastian Prooth, which gives me chills every time I see and hear it.

“One quiet afternoon I get a call from someone named Lynn Douglas (not her real name), looking for producer Shel Talmy (The Who, The Kinks).  I tell her that Shel was staying with me for a while, but has gone back to the UK.  When she says that Shel’s the only one she knows in Hollywood, I introduce myself and ask if she’s the same Lady who teaches Yoga on TV in the UK.

When she says yes, gentleman that I am, I ask out to dinner. When I pick her up, she looks even more beautiful than she does on television.

For the next 10 days I take her to parties, clubs and out to dinners, but she won’t let me get past first base with her. She says she’s going back to London in a few days and doesn’t want to have an affair with someone she may never see again.

Over the next few days, my creative juices are about to explode, but I restrain myself, and start to sublimate my feelings in a song. I want to play it for her before she leaves for the airport, but the man at the hotel desk says she’s gone.

I jump in my car and race out to LAX, fortunately I know what gate she’s leaving from. Just like in the Carlos Castaneda’s’ book, Patti Dahlstrom gave me, “Journey To Ixtalan”, where the protagonist shows a blank piece of paper to a train conductor collecting fares and is given a seat, I smile and show the pretty stewardess at the gate an airline schedule I found on the floor, and she lets me on the plane! I find Lynn sitting halfway down the aisle I start to smile and sing.

When I finish my song, the passengers in the area around us start to applaud.  An embarrassed, but flattered Lynn gives me a kiss, as I’m escorted off the plane by a security guard, who can’t help but smile.

The next day I play the song for Ann Munday at Chrysalis Music who buys half the publishing rights from me for $5,000 allowing me to follow Lynn and my heart to London, as soon as I can.”

Copyright 2009 by Artie Wayne from the forthcoming book, “I Did It For A Song”

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March 5, 2009


When we’re young we think we can change the world…but as we get older we let the world change us. As a child, I thought I was the center of the Universe, and the world revolved around me…and when I grew older I realized I was right!


We are all like the sun in our own little galaxies, with the capacity to shine and influence everything around us, but sometimes we let life overwhelm us and we forget the powers we possess. Through the Internet and social networks like , Twitter and Facebook,  Twitter we are able to connect and reconnect with each other like never before, and we realize we are not alone.


Up until recently I felt like an angel who’d been grounded…now I’m remembering how to fly! And every time even a thought of giving up enters my mind, I think about an event that happened 30 years ago.


“When I’m unceremoniously dropped as an artist by Neil Bogart, I ride around aimlessly in my soon to be expired leased “Casablanca Seville”, trying to figure out how everything that looked so good went so wrong. Just as I’m about to call it quits, I’m driving through Westwood and see Dino Fakiris, Freddie Perren’s (“I Want You Back”, “ABC”, “Heaven Must Be Missing An Angel”), new lyric writing partner hitching a ride.


Almost in tears Dino tells me how discouraged he is, and ready to give up. He says Freddie left Motown and created a new label, but is having trouble getting it started.  I ask him what kind of songs they were doing and he recites the lyric to “I Will Survive”. I pull over to the side of the road and say,” Are you Crazy??!!  “That’s one of the best lyrics I ever heard, and you want to give up?” If the music is as good as the lyrics, you’ve not only got a hit, you’ve got a classic! Then I went over to Freddie’s studio and he played for me!”


Here’s Gloria Gaynor and “”I Will Survive”


Here are some other songs that never fail to inspire me…


“I Believe” by Elvis Presley on the just released album “I Believe – The Gospel Masters” from Sony Music


“I’ll Stand By You” by The Pretenders


“If Everyone Cared” by Nickelback…one the most relevant groups in music today!


“Rock And Roll Heaven” updated  by Alan O’Day for 2009 sung by Ronnie Kimball


“HIGH HOPES” 1959 Here’s my Spectropop pal, Eddie Hodges (Featuring Frank Sinatra) from “Hole In The Head” 


“From The Inside” by Kim Carnes

 “I Hear Voices” by Alan O’Day

“We Are The World” U.S.A. For Africa

Hand Painted Angel On Denim Jacket by Artie Wayne…for more wearable Art

Copyright 2011 by Artie Wayne







Every morning when I get up I have a cup of coffee and turn on the news. This morning was different, I had my coffee without the news and I feel a whole lot better about the day ahead.


It’s very easy to become overwhelmed by events that we have no control over, and it reaches a point when we have to shut out negativity if we want to accomplish something positive.


Everybody I know is having a hard time in one way or another, and I’d like to share what has helped me every day for the past 35 years to make it through!




In 1973, I accompanied one of our Warner Brothers staff songwriters, George Clinton Jr. (who went on write the score for three “Austin Powers” movies), to the Tokyo Music Festival. It was my first trip to Japan, and I was impressed how well organized the large masses of people were. Over the years my heavy workload, beautiful women and other excesses used up too much time and too many emotions. I knew I had to find a way to learn how to really focus and develop a more positive attitude.

When I got back to the states, I decided to look into deep relaxation techniques. I went to see my Chiropractor and friend, Dr. Floyd Taylor who had developed remarkable physical, mental and spiritual methods of healing after his plane was shot down in World War Two. Over time, and through much pain, he was able to correct his bone structure and musculature, which left him bent over and unable to walk. His super-posture and confident stride was proof positive that his methods work. He not only told me that deep relaxation techniques could help attain my goal to focus, it could help the severe back pain I suffered from congenital scoliosis. He said I could learn to go below the pain level and function better. He also mysteriously hinted that the deeper I went, the more “things” I would discover.

My equally adventuresome friend, Patti Dahlstrom (who introduced me to Dr.Taylor), was just as fascinated with the possibilities of these deep relaxation techniques as I was. We both took private lessons from Dr. Taylor’s friend, Henry Mundt.

I was helped immediately by what he taught me especially “The 2-2-5 “ a simple breathing exercise that I continue to use everyday when I need to calm down.

When I wanted to go deeper…Here are the simple steps Hank Mundt taught me.

First…in a quiet, semi-darkened room with your eyes closed, lie down on your back on a bed or a couch or sit up in a straight chair with your feet flat on the floor, palms upward.

1. (Inhale) hold your breath for a count of Two………1…………….2………….(Exhale)

(Inhale) hold your breath for a count of Two………1…………….2………….(Exhale)

(Inhale) this time hold your breath for a count of Five

2. Repeat this sequence called the 2-2-5 again

(Inhale) hold your breath for a count of Two………1…………….2………….(Exhale)

(Inhale) hold your breath for a count of Two………1…………….2………….(Exhale)

(Inhale) this time hold your breath for a count of Five

3. Visualize a flight of stairs and starting at the number 100, count backwards slowly to the number 1, seeing each number as you descend…100……………..99………………98……………etc.

4. When you reach the bottom, say over and over, “Positive thinking brings results I desire. Positive thinking brings results I desire.” You feel more and more relaxed as you visualize what you want to accomplish. “Positive thinking brings results I desire”…”Positive thinking brings results I desire”

5. Once you’ve repeated it ten times, visualize taking an elevator up to the place where you started

6. You feel relaxed and refreshed…ready to take on the world.

Copyright 2009 by Artie Wayne