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Last week “American Idol” reported almost 64 million votes were cast… the largest amount in the show’s history! Have you ever wondered how much the producers of “American Idol” get for each call and text?

Last week when ‘Lil Kim and her partner Derek Hough were sent home, it wasn’t because they weren’t the best, but because rodeo champ Ty  Murray’s huge fan base gave their TEN VOTES ALLOWED FOR EACH CALL to him. DAMN…TEN VOTES PER CALL? Then the calls are “supposedly” combined with the judges’ score to determine who stays or goes. Have you ever wondered how many calls really come in on any given night and how much they mean in the final tally?

In an age where “transparency” is the buzzword in every aspect of our society, “opaque” seems to be the byword of two of the most popular shows on television, “American Idol” and “Dancing with the Stars”. Nobody outside the of the show’s producers know what’s really going on….but as Paris Hilton once said, “We’re not talking about Rock Surgery here!”, so I’ll just sit back and enjoy the show…I mean shows!

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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! https://artiewayne.wordpress.com/2009/05/24/new-exclusive-video-adam-lambert-performing-live-better-than-any-idol-show/

FOR ADAM LAMBERT CLICK ONTO https://artiewayne.wordpress.com/2009/04/29/adam-lambert-wins-american-idol/

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In 1975, I was sitting in Wes Farrell’s (“Hang On Sloopy”) office up at Chelsea Records, when he played me a record he was about to release, “Sky High” by an English group called Jigsaw. I jumped out of my seat and screamed, “That’s a #1 record!”. Wes laughed, and in no time at all it hit the top of the charts!

A few months later at MIDEM, when the record was #1 in every country in the world, my partner Lou Reizner introduced me to Chas Peate, the publisher of the song and his two professional managers, Clive Scott and Des Dyer who wrote “Sky High” and were members of Jigsaw. Maybe it was the fact that they were primarily songwriters and publishers that we hit it off so well.

On their first trip to the US, Clive and Des put some incredible background parts on a master I was producing and didn’t charge me a penny! Their kindness to me throughout the years was extraordinary. Once my US production partner and I had a dispute and she froze my funds on the eve of my departure for Cannes, and another international music convention. Chas, Clive and Des let me use their booth to show and sell the seven dance albums I had, without asking me for a penny.

Over the years I lost contact with them, but reconnected over the internet. This morning Chas sent me an e-mail saying that Clive had passed away from a brain operation after an accident he had two weeks ago.

Clive Scott wasn’t just one of the good guys…he was one of the best!

R.I.P. ROCK IN PERPETUITY!

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

Copyright 2009 by Artie Wayne

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Mama’s Behind You
by Artie Wayne

She may be far away…even a star away
but each and every day…I know she’s looking’ out for me

When I’m low on self-esteem
‘Cause a nightmare’s replaced the dream
When it all isn’t all it seems
I think of way back when…it was all so simple then.

When a storm was scarin’ me
Mama’d say so lovingly
Clouds of Grey may be all you see
But there’s still a sun above you and someone who’ll always love you!

Mama’s Behind You when trouble blinds you
And you can’t find your way
She will be there to comfort and spare you
Some of the hurtin’ that you may go through!

Mama’s Behind you let me remind you
Whatever you might do
Keep thinkin’ of her unconditional love
Mama’s Behind You…Mama’s Behind You!

Even in her photograph
She could always make me laugh
Even when I was torn in half
She knew just what to do…to put the pieces back together!

Mama’s Behind You when trouble blinds you
And you can’t find your way
She will be there to comfort and spare you
Some of the hurtin’ that you may go through!

Mama’s Behind you let me remind you
Whatever you might do
Keep thinkin’ of her unconditional love
Mama’s Behind You…Mama’s Behind You!

Copyright 2007 by WayneArt music

Above picture the late Mrs. Lucylle Hicks with an unnamed friend.

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The first time I met producer Elliot Mazer (Janis Joplin, Neil Young) was in the office of Arnold Shaw, the General Professional manager of E.B. Marks music. Elliot was with another Philadelphia producer Billy Jackson (The Tymes) who was playing “Wonderful, Wonderful” (Raleigh/Edwards), for Shaw (the publisher) which was the follow up to the Tymes’ #1 hit, “So Much In Love”.

The next time I saw Elliot was on my first trip to Philadelphia, where I was trying to get some of my songs recorded by the artists who were dominating the charts, like Chubby Checker, Dee Dee Sharp, and Bobby Rydell. Producer/songwriter Jerry Ross (who I met in Harold Lipsius’ Jamie/Guyden record office trying to sell a master), took me up to Sigma Sound where I met all the top producers in Town.

Over the next few years, I’d run into Elliot at airports, getting brief, but always interesting reports about his recording activities. He’d start a story about a Janis Joplin session at LAX, and finish it up a few weeks later when I’d run into him at at JFK in N.Y. After a while I got used to hearing partial stories about producing Linda Rondstadt, or the Band’s “Last Waltz”.

When I was General Professional manager of Warner Brothers Music, we had a co-publishing deal with Neil Young and I had the privilege of hearing The “Harvest” album, produced by Mazer, months before its release. For weeks “Heart of Gold” was #1 with a bullet, in my office.

Now thirty years later, after reconnecting with Elliot on FACEBOOK I find he still has interesting stories, and I discovered they just reissued a remastered digitized version of “Harvest”…which I can’t wait to hear!

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

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Kelly, BEYONCE, Green Day, DAUGHTRY, Katy, Jordin, MILEY, Rob Thomas, Kanye, LADY GAGA, All-American Rejects, TAYLOR, ” I love the music that sweeps over the beach like a tidal wave…coming from dozens of radios playing the same song at the same time.”

NOW HERE ARE THE TOP SUMMER VIDEOS OF 2009!

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BEYONCE  “HALO”  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=70AgyIEnBRE

“NO SURPRISE” By DAUGHTRY http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E_cCABSFDQM

MILEY CYRUS “The Climb” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NG2zyeVRcbs

“HER DIAMONDS” BY ROB THOMAS http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=anlM631RsoQ

“BATTLEFIELD” by JORDIN SPARKS http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WusW7JfPCis

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“COME BACK TO ME” BY DAVID COOKE http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SjMrxqo43RI

TAYLOR SWIFT “YOU BELONG TO ME” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BGWE3hwJ21U

“SOMETIME ROUND MIDNIGHT” by THE AIRBOURNE TOXIC EVENT http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E2YnDlEMXiU

KERI HILSON w/ KANYE WEST and NE-YO “KNOCK YOU DOWN! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FF5Q1jr28PM

LADY GAGA “LOVE GAMES” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ocwZU89NPi4

“AMAZING” by KANYE WEST http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=at4OQvNlxSw

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VOCA PEOPLE http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N6EYrqIn0yI

LADY GAGA “POKER FACE” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7o0hIBksAVU

ALL-AMERICAN REJECTS  “THE WIND BLOWS” http://tr.youtube.com/watch?v=5evx2xPp8kc

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TI feat JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE  “DEAD AND GONE” http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x8esh0_ti-feat-justin-timberlake-dead-and_music

THE PLAIN WHITE Ts “1, 2, 3, 4” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m6pW_q1PvH0

GREENDAY “21 Guns”” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UHSiyBipdl8

Copyright 2009 by Artie Wayne

Photo at top: Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens make a splash at Malibu

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Although Elvis Presley was one of the most imitated singers in the world, his own influences beyond the men who wrote songs for him, like Otis Blackwell (“Don’t Be Cruel”, “All Shook Up”), Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller (“Hound Dog”, “Jailhouse Rock”), were the demo singers who showed him how the songs were envisioned by the writers.

Malcolm Dodds, David Hill, Bill Giant, and Tony Middleton were all among Elvis’ favorite demo singers…and Tony Middleton was one of mine. Tony always added a little extra to his demonstration of a song, which Elvis appreciated and appropriated whenever he could.

I first met Tony, the former lead singer of the Willows (“Church Bells May Ring”), in the late ‘50s with my friend Sid Wyche (“Whole Lotta’ Shakin’ Goin’ On” Wyche/Williams), at one of the first demo sessions I ever went to. I was excited to meet the man who sang the demo for Sid’s song, “Big Hunk Of Love” (Wyche/Schroeder), which Elvis recorded. Although I don’t remember the name of the song on this session, I do remember Tony’s brilliant, stirring performance that seemed so effortless.

I could easily understand why Elvis was inspired by him, as well as Ben E. King who even got his adlib, “People Let Me Tell Ya’ Now” from one of  Tony’s demos

He’s appeared on Broadway as the lead in ‘Cabin in the Sky’ and was the featured singer in “Purlie” starring Melba Moore.  Tony Middleton’s music is sought after by music enthusiasts and collectors all over the world.

When I reconnected with him on Facebook I googled his name and found a video of “Paris Blues” from 1962, and you can see a little bit of what I’m talking about.

For Tony Middleton http://www.tonymiddletonmusic.com

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Every week as we all watch American Idol we wonder what Judges Randy Jackson, Paula Abdul, and Kara DioGuardi were like as performers…well you don’t have to wonder any more!

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And what does Simon Cowell think of all this?


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Streaker reconsiders trying to sneak out

I want to thank all of you for 850,000 hits on Artie Wayne On The Web! Over the last two and a half years, we’ve had a lot of attention on the blogs we’ve put up about Music, Pop Culture, satire, and just about anything else that runs across my mind.

While I’m putting the final touches on my autobiography, “ I Did It For A Song”, I compiled a list of my ten favorite posts to give you something to read over the weekend. Now in no particular order…

AN HISTORIC VISIT WITH CAROLE KING

https://artiewayne.wordpress.com/2006/09/14/aldon-music-at-1650-broadway-and-a-historic-encounter-with-carole-king/

HANGIN’  OUT WITH TIM RICE AND ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER

https://artiewayne.wordpress.com/2006/07/31/jesus-christ-superstar-ascends-2/

BALD BRITNEY ARRESTED AT AIRPORT!

https://artiewayne.wordpress.com/2007/02/19/if-its-on-the-internet-its-gotta-be-true-excusive-bald-britney-arrested-at-airport/

DEMOGRAPHICALLY CHALLENGED ARTISTS DEFY THE ODDS!

https://artiewayne.wordpress.com/2008/10/09/demographically-challenged-singers-defy-the-odds/

I WAS MARRIED TO THE HEAD OF STAR WARS MERCHANDISING

https://artiewayne.wordpress.com/2007/05/06/exclusive-in-1977-i-was-married-to-the-head-of-star-wars-merchandising/

DRIVING AROUND WITH QUINCY JONES

https://artiewayne.wordpress.com/2007/06/14/driving-around-with-quincy-jones/

PIGS IN LIPSTICK MARCH ON WASHINGTON!

https://artiewayne.wordpress.com/2008/09/10/exclusive-photos-pigs-in-lipstick-march-on-washington/

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GLOWING MEMORIES OF GENGHIS COHEN

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

NEW WAYS OF OPENING THE MIND AND RETREIVING LOST MEMORIES

https://artiewayne.wordpress.com/2007/02/22/discover-new-ways-of-opening-the-mind-and-retrieving-lost-memories/

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