small susanTo nobody’s surprise, 47 year-old Scottish singer Susan Boyle didn’t win the finals of “Britain’s Got Talent”, when she sang the same old song from “Les Miserables”. It was over when Judge Simon Cowell, pronounced her last high dramatic note as “rather pitchy bordering on making my ears bleed!”

After losing the competition to Diversity a Hip-Hop dance group , Boyle was asked by one of the paparazzi what she thought of Simon Cowell’s comment.  She smiled, spit on the ground and said, “Fuck him if he can’t take a note!”


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While Simon Cowell salutes the American public, the runner-up Adam Lambert’s version of “No Boundaries” on ITunes, is outselling the “American Idol” winner, Kris Allen’s lackluster “Official” version, I wonder if the show’s producers have finally figured out that they put their money and power behind the wrong guy.

While the internet is buzzing with accusations of voting manipulation, telephone and text kickback scandals, “Idol” producers are “singing all the way to the bank!”

My friend, Kent Kotal, over at Forgotten Hits, just sent me this article From Pop Eater

“New evidence pin-points AT&T as the culprit behind Kris Allen’s ‘American Idol’ victory, The New York Times reports. During the final performances, the mobile company provided phones for Kris Allen fans to cast blocks of votes. There appear to have been no similar efforts to provide this service to supporters of runner-up Adam Lambert.

Last week, AT&T representatives, whose mobile phone network is the only one that can be used to cast ‘Idol’ votes, provided the free services at two parties in Arkansas after the final performance episode. During the event, the representatives provided instructions on how to send “power texts,” which send 10 or more text messages at one time. According to sources, the power texts have an “exponentially greater effect on voting than do single text messages or calls to the show’s toll-free phone lines”

For full Pop Eater article including rebuttal from AT&T, and “American Idol”

Don’t be disappointed if you don’t see any CDs from runners-up Adam Lambert or Allison until the end of the year, they’re going to squeeze every last sale from the lemon, I mean Kris Allen’s album before they put out any other “Idol” product.

And who’s the big winner at the end of the day…”American Idol”, considering they manage and own the recording rights to each one of the ten finalists! I wonder if the “Idol” lawyers had the foresight to secure the first born of each finalist in anticipation of another Billy Ray/Miley Cyrus phenomenon?

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HERE”S THE HIT VERSION OF “NO BOUNDARIES” ADAM LAMBERT, the TRUE “AMERICAN IDOL” in a better performance than anything he ever did on the show! 

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Thanks again to Kent Kotal Forgotten Hits



In a brilliant and unexpected casting move, Susan Boyle finalist on “Britain’s Got Talent”, who stunned the world last week, singing Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Memories” has been offered to play the lead in “Phantom Of The Opera”, while Webber is reportedly is writing a new musical for her!


CLICK Here to watch Susan Boyle and “MEMORY”



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EXCLUSIVE VIDEO  of ADAM LAMBERT, the TRUE “AMERICAN IDOL” in a better performance than anything he ever did on “American Idol”! Just put up minutes ago it only has 4,000 views on YOUTUBE so far…it could reach 100,000,000 by Memorial Day! Remember you saw it first here at ARTIE WAYNE ON THE WEB!  

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Thank you, Thank you…Rose Gross-Marino for sending me this as quickly as you did!

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Twenty years ago, I remember greeting a customer at Genghis Cohen The Chinese restaurant I named and hosted, by saying “Happy Memorial Day”, she looked at me with tears in eyes and said, “How can you say “HAPPY Memorial Day”…I lost my husband in Viet Nam?”

I gently took her hand and told her I meant no disrespect, but said I was happy to be living in America, happy to able to honor the men who gave their lives to keep our country the Land Of The Free. Happy to be able to pursue my own avenues of happiness, and even happy to experience this awkward, but unforgettable moment.

Ten years ago if you wanted to hear some patriotic songs the library was the only place you could go. Now with the internet we have access to every song ever written down, filmed, videotaped, or otherwise recorded. The only problem is who has the time to go through the thousands of choices to find what you want?

Ever since I archived my favorite patriotic songs on my blog about a year ago if you Googled the search term PATRIOTIC MUSIC VIDEOS the collection has been #1 every day for the last year!

Includes Elvis, Lee Greenwood, Toby Keith, Jimi Hendrix, Whitney Houston, Ray Charles, Kate Smith, Fess Parker, James Brown, Johnny Horton, Springsteen, Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Neil Diamond, The Marine Corp Band, The Army Marching Band, The Navy Band, The Marine corps band, The Air Force Marching Band, and MUCH MORE !

I hope you enjoy this collection and send a thought or say a prayer for the men and women of the armed forces who are keeping us safe every day. GOD BLESS AMERICA!

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When I was General Professional Manager of Warner Brothers Music in Hollywood 1974, I came back to New York to go to my Grandmothers funeral. I didn’t plan to conduct any business, but I wanted to drop by our New York offices to say hello.

Henry Marks, who ran our professional department, was in a meeting with one of his friends, songwriter Mann Curtis (“I’m Gonna’ Live ‘til I Die”, “Aname Core”). I was thrilled and taken aback at the same time. My Grandmother’s name was Winifred Manns…and meeting Mann Curtis at this moment didn’t seem like just a coincidence.

Mann Curtis had written the English lyric to “Let It Be Me”, to French composer Gilbert Becaud, Pierre Delanoe’s music, which was not only one of my favorite songs, but was also a level of excellence I aspired to every time I wrote a song myself.

I felt hunbled to be in the presence of this man, who looked more like a hip college professor than a Tin Pan Alley songwriter. I felt honored when he shared some of the verses to “Let It Be Me” that didn’t make the final cut…I only wish I had written them down.

As I got up to leave, I told Mann that I stopped being a songwriter when I started plugging songs for Warner Brothers, but I was feeling compelled to write again due to my Grandmother’s passing. He looked at me, smiled and said, “You never stop being a songwriter.”


Lyrics by Mann Curtis Music by Gilbert Becaud and Pierre Delanoe

I bless the day I found you
I want to stay around you
And so I beg you, let it be me

Don’t take this heaven from one
If you must cling to someone
Now and forever, let it be me

Each time we meet love
I find complete love
Without your sweet love what would life be

So never leave me lonely
Tell me you love me only
And that you’ll always let it be me

Each time we meet love
I find complete love
Without your sweet love what would life be

So never leave me lonely
Tell me you love me only
And that you’ll always—let–it be–me

Copyright 2009 by Warner Brothers Music

Here are The Everly Brothers with the first hit on “LET IT BE ME”

Here is Jerry Butler and Betty Everett and their hit duet


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Here’s what happened over the next three days after I met Mann Curtis and the song I wrote for my Grandmother “From The Inside”,  sung by Kim Carnes


AND HERE”S THE STORY THAT SHOULD HAVE RUN…”As confetti falls over the newly crowned “American Idol”, Adam Lambert, it’s hard not to become emotional. Not only is his stunning win justified, but his triumph is also a shot in the arm to the entire American Dream!”

I wasn’t very impressed when the “American Idol” competition began this year, and wondered if I would even watch the whole season. Then a few of the singers began to distinguish themselves, Danny Gokey, Kris Allen, Allison Iraheta, and Matt Giraud  all  made lasting impressions, but it was Adam Lambert who made watching mandatory!

When you see Adam perform “Tracks Of My Tears”, “Whole Lotta’ Love”, “A Change Is Gonna” Come”, or “No Boundaries” you immediately recognize a “quality” that only a few artists have ever possessed. Every time I see him I’m inspired and remember my own Rock and Roll Dreams!

After spending half of my life in the music business, I named and hosted Genghis Cohen the hot Hollywood restaurant, where I hand-painted clothes, and became known as the Father of Wearable Art.

Having said all that, for all that Adam has given me and the rest of the world, I want to give him a present of the last major piece that I created, before I lost control of my hands due to a spinal operation ten years ago.


In the pocket I’m going to slip a CD of my latest song, which I’m finishing up for him!

God Bless Adam Lambert, the true  “American Idol”! The jacket is still yours, man, you deserve it!

And congratulations to the guy who actually won…whatever his name is.

EXCLUSIVE VIDEO  of ADAM LAMBERT, the TRUE “AMERICAN IDOL” in a better performance than anything he ever did on “American Idol”! Just put up minutes ago it only has 4,000 views on YOUTUBE so far…it could reach 100,000,000 by Memorial Day!

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Official American Idol” website

For a glimpse of Artie Wayne’s Wearable Art Collection