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Two days ago YouTube disabled EVERY BEATLE VIDEO EVERY MADE FOR FREE, which Forgotten Hits and I had up on our sites. Now there’s a danger of that happening to ELVIS, Summer Oldies, OSCAR, and GRAMMY videos!

But don’t get bent out of shape, if you go http://youtubecapture.com you can learn how to save those special videos like the ones listed below…absolutely FREE!!

ELVIS PRESLEY TOP 20 MUSIC VIDEOS! https://artiewayne.wordpress.com/2008/08/11/top-20-elvis-music-videos-of-all-time/

69 SIZZLING OLD AND NEW SUMMER MUSIC VIDEOS  https://artiewayne.wordpress.com/2008/07/02/69-sizzling-summer-videos/

OSCAR WINNING SONG VIDEOS https://artiewayne.wordpress.com/2009/02/20/30-videos-of-oscar-winning-songs-boss-wins-for-the-wrestler/

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“In 1968, I let my Friend, Ann Tansey, Mercury records A+R director, stay in my New York apartment while I was on the west coast. I didn’t know she had invited her sometime boyfriend, Jimi Hendrix, to stay with her. When I arrived home, I found a nasty note from my neighbor, about my loud guitar playing at three in the morning!. The note also said something about people going in and out of my apartment, by way of the fire escape. To this day I don’t know what really happened, but I do admit I was flattered, that she thought it was me playing guitar!”

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

This and other stories about Jimi are featured in my new book ,“I DID IT FOR A SONG”  available now at amazon.com , Barnes & Noble and from Smashwords.com

Pictured above is the, Jimi Hendrix “Glowarium”, which I finally finished. If you haven’t seen my new wearable art, please stop by my website http://artiewayne.com/art.html

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When my friend, the Father Of Woodstock, Artie Kornfeld invited me to the festival in 1969, I thought it was going to be a great picnic, I wasn’t expecting a life changing experience!

Back in 1967 my wife Sheilah was working at Mercury records as a secretary to Artie Kornfield (“Pied Piper”, “Dead Man’s Curve”) We hung out a lot with Artie and his wife Linda. When we got divorced I got the dog and she got the Kornfelds!

Then one day Sheilah calls me up to tell me that she’s working with Artie again. It seems that he and his partner Michael Lang are putting on a music and art festival at the end of August in upstate NY at a place called Woodstock, and she’s his personal assistant. It sounds a bit disorganized, but I don’t say anything, if anyone can pull it together, they can.

It’s 3 hours before Allan Rinde and Rick Bolsom, from Mercury Records,  Lita Eliscu a freelance writer (Rolling Stone), Cookie the groupie, and I are scheduled to go up to the Woodstock Music and Art festival. Artie Kornfeld and Michael Lang, are having serious troubles getting permits and have to change locations to Max Yasgur’s farm in Bethel, NY, at the last minute. Unfortunately, I’m having serious problems of my own, I can’t score any grass to take to the event!

As a last resort I call my friend Heather MacRae, who’s currently starring in the smash hit, “Hair” On Broadway. She must know someone in the “Hippie” cast who can help us out. She leaves our names at the backstage door with a note to go upstairs to see her friends, James Rado and Gerome Ragni, who co-wrote the musical.

When we walk into Rado and Ragni’s dressing room, they look at Allan and me suspiciously, with cameras hanging around our necks, and tape recorders dangling from our shoulders. I laugh and nervously explain that we’re not cops or from the press trying to get a story, and show them our Woodstock press pass. Fortunately they believe us and when we tell them our “predicament”, they sell us a “lid” from their personal stash (at cost) and hand us a couple of capsules of mescaline for free, in the spirit of “Peace and Love”. We thank them and go to the garage to pick up Allan’s Oldsmobile Cutlass, and our friends, then head we head off for our weekend adventure.”

“Let The Sun Shine…Let The Sun Shine In…The Sun Shine In!”

The festival gets off to a great start with a set by Ritchie Havens, and then it starts to rain … and rain … and rain. There’s a buzz already that this is going to be a historic event. The press tent is alive with anticipation of seeing the artists and people behind the scenes.

I’m skeptical when I hear that a lawyer is taking over as head of Columbia Records, until I meet Clive Davis awash in the rain, the mud, and the good vibrations. How cool it is for the head of a record company to be out here “roughing it” like this with his artists!

Although my friends and I have warm, dry accommodations, food, water, and plenty of intoxicants, a half a million other people who are also here have to rough it in the mud and the rain! We run into a completely soaked (and delightfully stoned) Artie Kornfeld, The Father Of Woodstock, who tells us that thousands of people are crashing the gates, and Woodstock has become a free concert! Starry eyed and drooling, he turns around and melts back into the crowd.
Thousands of people are still pouring in after midnight and I warn my friends that we were probably going to be in the middle of a riot between the “haves” and the “have nots!”

I knew that this whole “Peace and Love” thing could blowup in a minute … but no one is listening to me as they slowly passed the bong around. I don’t know if it’s my paranoia of “Drug Crazed Hippies” rushing the motel or my fear of getting my new Fry boots dirty … I just knew I had to get the hell outa’ there!

After being at Woodstock less than 24 hours, I say goodbye to my friends and decide to hitchhike back to the city. I’m 27 yeas old but, hitchhiking is something I never tried before. At the side of an on ramp, I see Vince Aletti, writer for the Village Voice, who I know from the press parties I crash. He has his thumb out and looks pretty discouraged. This is his first time hitchhiking, too … but I act like a veteran and convince him that if we put on great big smiles, and act sincere … we’re bound to get a ride! In less than 10 minutes we’re picked up by a guy in an old Chevy wagon, who happens to be going all the way into the city! Just like the guys who rode the rails and became “Boxcar Buddies”, Vince and I had a shared experience that went “without a hitch”, so to speak, “Hitchhiking pals” for the rest of our lives!

Finally, I’m back in my apartment, thankful to be away from all of those people … I don’t believe all those people … Damn! It’s still early, so I pack my duffel bag and grab a subway out to Coney Island, stopping only long enough to swallow a little capsule Rado and Ragni, had given me. I don’t know why, but the rest of the day is magical! I feel so much love for Everyone I run into. I don’t even notice that I’m surrounded by a million people on the beach … twice as many as there was at Woodstock … but now … somehow I don’t care!”


Copyright 2011 by Artie Wayne from my new book, , “I DID IT FOR A SONG”  

Copyright 2012 by Artie Wayne

WHILE FIGHTING LARGE CORPORATIONS WHO ARE TRYING TO KEEP ROYALTIES AWAY ME AND THOUSANDS OF OTHER ARTISTS, SONGWRITERS AND PUBLISHERSMY ONLY SOURCE OF INCOME IS FROM THE SALE OF MY BOOK. ” I DID IT FOR A SONG”, WITH OVER 100 STORIES FROM THE MUSIC BUSINESS OF THE ’60s, ’70s, and ’80s. I HOPE YOU’LL CONSIDER BUYING ONE DIRECTLY FROM ME THROUGH PAYPAL FOR ONLY $9.99 AT  artiewayne@gmail.com OR BY CHECK TO…ARTIE WAYNE  P.O. BOX 1105, DESERT HOT SPRINGS, CALIFORNIA 92240

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“SPIDER-MANN” IN TOP PHOTO CREATED BY PHIL X. MILSTEIN!

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Special thanks to Phil X. Milstein for the enhanced Woodstock poster he made!

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When I was talking to my friend Kent Kotal, at Forgotten Hits, I found out that the ‘80s hit “Turning Japanese” by the Vapors was one of his favorite records. Then I told him the story of how it almost wasn’t a hit in the US.

“Although my client Joe Klein is busy with Casablanca radio spot campaigns, he thinks it’s time to expand our horizons, and asks me to go out and gets some new clients. I zero in on EMI America, who is starting to have some hit records with Kim Wilde, The J. Geils Band, Kenny Rogers and Kim Carnes. While visiting my friends at the label, Norma Kemper, who once worked for producer Richard Perry, and Ellen Feldman, who once worked for Mercury records, Ellen introduces me to the head of EMI Marketing, “Frenchy” Gauthier.

This is the guy who is responsible for having radio spots made for EMI. When he can’t find time to make an appointment to see me, I decide to camp out in the reception area until I can corner him and make my pitch.

When my friend Ellen gets back from lunch, she takes me inside and points out where Frenchy’s office is. His door is open, and he’s on the phone, but he waves me to come in.

When he finishes his call, he apologizes for not connecting with me before. I tell that I’ll be a big man, and forgive him if he gives me three minutes of his time to play him something that could make millions for EMI!

He smiles as he plays, Joe Klein’s demo reel, which includes the “Star Wars” spot, “Donna Summer’s, “Bad Girls”, The Village People’s, “YMCA”, and “Brick House” by the Commodores. His eyes light up and Frenchy says he’s heard all of the spots on the radio!

He’s a little taken aback, however, when I tell him that we charge three times more than he’s used to paying for a radio spot. I simply justify the cost, by saying that our spots are proven to sell records.

He thinks for a minute, and then he puts on one of the company’s new releases, which is a big hit in the UK, “Turning Japanese” by the Vapors. The record is highly commercial, has a great hook, but it stopped at #85 on the US charts. Then he asks me, “What can you do with this?”

I know if I can come up with an idea right now and help get this record off the ground; we’re going to get the account. I jump out of my seat, and run through a scenario off the top of my head.

“What if we start off the spot in a newsroom, with the sound of typewriters and teletypes in the background? An American newsman reads copy about a strange phenomenon, where people are turning Japanese, and then cut into the chorus, “Turning Japanese, I think I’m Turning Japanese, I really think so”

Cut back to the newsroom, where the announcer is starting to talk with a slight Japanese accent, then into another chorus, “Turning Japanese, I think I’m Turning Japanese, I really think so”

By the time the minute spot is done, the announcer has completely turned Japanese, and the catchy chorus is repeated two more times.”

Frenchy, looks at me like I’m crazy, and then says, “I Love it…but can your guy do it?” I laugh and say, “Come on Frenchy…would I have suggested it, if he couldn’t?”

I ask him when he needs the spot, he says, “What time is now?”

With alI of my fingers crossed, I drive over to Joe’s as quickly as I can and tell him what just happened. He looks at me like I’m crazy and says, “Are You Crazy?”  I say yes, but it can get us the account!

Even though Joe has never done an accent like this before, the spot turns out great! Not only does the Vapors album go Platinum, but the ad is nominated for a Clio (the equivalent of an Academy Award in advertising), for the best radio spot of the year.

It isn’t long before Joe is doing a spot for every major release on the EMI label including; David Bowie, Devo, Kenny Rogers, Kim Carnes, and Sheena Easton.



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After Adam Lambert came out of the closet in Rolling Stone, photos of AMERICAN IDOL Kris Allen and runner-up Adam Lambert on top of host, Ryan Seacrest, started showing up on the internet!

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Photo on top, Adam Lambert and Kris Allen…Photo below, Ryan Seacrest.

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“IF IT’S ON THE INTERNET, IT”S GOTTA” BE TRUE!”

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

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After coming in second on “Britain’s Got Talent”, followed by a media meltdown, Susan Boyle is back in the headlines with her newly discovered sex tape! She swears that when she bought the tape of “One Night In Paris”,  she thought it was  a travelogue!

African-American, Samuel L. Jackson is the biggest movie star in history. He has often been second- or third-billed, or even farther down the credits, but if you just tally the money his films have earned, it adds up to over $3,000,000,000 — more than any other actor in history! Now, he’s set to produce, direct and star in a quirky comedy remake of “Gone with the Wind”. He will play Rhett Butler to Halle Berry’s Scarlett O’Hara. Hillary Duff, will recreate Butterfly McQueen’s, “Prissy”, while Hattie McDaniels’ Academy Award winning part of “Mammy”, will be played by Rosie O’Donnell, who’s said to be slimming down for the part.

MTV, now being called by some “Emp-TV”, from now on will only be playing 3 videos a day. The rest of the programming will consist of infinite variations of “The Hills”.

The Food and Drug Administration has issued a warning for consumers to watch out for fake male contraceptive pills that are flooding the market. The real pills don’t have a colorful candy shell with an “M” stamped on the outside!

After an intervention by Mo and Barney, Homer Simpson escaped from rehab and has vowed to remain off the wagon for the rest of his life.

Did you hear that after Madonna bought another little boy in Africa, she stopped off in Mexico to buy a nanny?

Paris Hilton, not the brightest star in the Galaxy, bought a franchise to open a Friday’s restaurant. She quickly closed it, however, when she discovered that she couldn’t make a profit being open only one day a week!

After all the death threats made against acid-tongued “American Idol” judge Simon Cowell, the producers have provided a bodyguard to protect him from Paula Abdul!

“IF IT’S ON THE INTERNET, IT”S GOTTA” BE TRUE!”

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nookie_2Whenever there’s a slow news day, they’ll run a heartwarming story about a cat calling 911 and saving its masters life or a dog who saves a family by barking relentlessly during a fire. Although these heroes are certainly worthy of media attention, I’d like to pay tribute to the millions of dogs and cats who are more than just companions.

As long as I can remember I’ve had an animal in my life that’s been less of a pet and more of a sidekick. They’ve shared the joy of a new romance with me, as well as the pain of heartbreak. They’ve celebrated business triumphs with kisses and wags and helped me get through dozens of setbacks with nuzzles and licks. When you confide in a dog or a cat, you know one thing for sure…they’re not going to gossip!

In the late 70’s I brought Nookie, a Cairn terrier, over from Harrods in London and he helped me get through some pretty hard times. I remember once I came home after a hard frustrating day and laid down on my back exhausted with tears running down my face. Nookie came over, stood on my chest and dropped his favorite toy, a nasty little hand puppet name “BaBa” on my face. At first I started gagging, then I started laughing uncontrollably. I can’t think of any human who was able to change my mood faster than Nookie could; it was like having a monkey around without all the empty peanut shells.

As a tribute to him, when I was recording my album for Casablanca, Art Munson, Joe Klein and I produced a track, “Is The Puppy Hungry?” that featured Nookie and his friend Lester ( Joe’s dog ), barking in rhythm to a reggae track. When the president of the label, Neil Bogart heard it he said, ” This could sell a million records, but not on my label!” I was crushed, but Nookie and Lester kept right on playing.

Animals can make a positive difference in your morale which becomes essential if you have health problems. After sharing my life with Nookie for 12 years, he passed away. I felt lost for quite a while and didn’t want the responsibility of having another dog. 13 years ago, when my friend Allan Rinde got married and moved to Nashville, he asked me to take care of his cats, because his wife, was allergic to them.

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I’ve always been a dog person and didn’t even know how to properly pet a cat. It wasn’t long, however, before they had me trained. When I had a spinal operation, my hands closed up on me and my 25 pound cat Whoppy would lie on my right hand to open it up. It wasn’t long before his girlfriend Streaker would lie on my left hand and open that one up as well. I can’t tell you how many times that touching them while they were purring calmed me down when I was stressed out. I don’t know how long they’ll be with me on earth, but I thank God for every minute we’re together.

A couple of years ago I started using acrylics to create animal portraits on quartz, which I called Petz Rock.  I’m really proud of what I created. If you’d like to see some of my favorites, click onto http://artiewayne.com/petz.html

Copyright 2009 by Artie Wayne

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