February 28, 2011

Irwin Pincus was not only a good guy…he gave publishers a good name! In the early ‘60s when I was wandering the halls of 1650 Broadway looking for a home, Irwin Pincus always made me feel welcome. In fact, he always made me feel that the next song could be my first hit!

He, his father George, and Brother Lee owned George Pincus and Sons music an independent publisher whose catalog included “Old Cape Cod”, “Calcutta”, “Itsy Bitsy Bikini”, “Taste Of Honey”, “100 pounds of Clay”, and “She Loves You”, was right down the hall from Paul Vance (“Catch A Falling Star”), whom I was writing with at the time.

Their offices always seemed to a hotbed of activity from creative exchanges with writers Jeff Barry(“Tell Laura I Love Her”), Artie Resnick (“Good Lovin”), Ellie Greenwich (“Be My Baby”, , and Bobby Scott (“Taste of Honey”, “He Ain’t Heavy He’s My Brother” to being a home away from home to some of the top record producers at the time Shelby Singleton, Mercury Records, Snuff Garret Liberty Records, and Jimmy Bowen Reprise records.

It’s no surprise that when I started collaborating with Ben Raleigh (“Wonderful, Wonderful”, “Love Is A Hurtin’ Thing”), one of the first songs we placed was, “Laugh and The World Laughs With You” with Irwin who got Jack Scott (“My Own True Love”) to ride it up the country charts.

Although we never did any further business we remained friendly until we eventually lost touch. I’ll always remember him and his good natured smile as a man who was always there when you needed him.


Respectfully, Artie Wayne

Copyright 2011 by Artie Wayne

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  1. mark barkan Says:

    irwin was the nicer of the two brothers and always had a smile on his face. Sorry to hear that he left us.

  2. stephen craig aristei Says:

    Irwin was a gentleman’s gentleman… of the kindest men I have ever met…..I saw him at a number to events and he always had time to say hello and shake a hand. I loved his dad George, what a character, and Irwin was quite opposite, always a “class act” ! He will be missed, Irwin Pincus R.I.P. !

  3. David Rosner Says:

    Thanks for thinking of Irwin, Artie. We’d been friendly through the years, in New York and Los Angeles. I remember the last time I saw him. It was, unfortunately, my firsthand introduction to Alzheimer’s disease. He’s been missed.


  4. I remember Irwin very well; probably the first office where I ever used a piano room to write, and continued to use many times. I was inspired by his wall of sheet music hits, but more importantly I appreciated his welcoming smile as everyone did. He was a great guy.

  5. Barry Oslander Says:

    I worked with Irwin in NYC when I was working at a demo studio as a engineer…. Never had a session that was not creative and fun….When we both lived in LA I did see him for lunch a few times and that was also lots of fun and also important to me since I ask for advice and he gave it with a smile on his face….It seems he like to give back to a biz that gave him so much happyness…. Have not seen him in many years, but will miss him for sure.

  6. Ted Brierley, jr Says:

    Irwin…A kind genuine man who loved what he did and treated me with cheer and respect. When I learned of his passing I immediately saw his smile and will carry it with me.

  7. Long after I worked with you (and Craig, etc) at WB, Artie, Irwin and his wife became good friends of mine. What an incredible guy, probably one the sweetest men in the entire music biz. He was working on getting me signed to April Blackwood after my WB days, but unfortunately (for me) his tenure there ended before that could happen. Somehow, I lost touch with him over time and have been incredibly saddened about his health in the past few years, but I know he’s in a better place now. One of the most caring guys I’ve ever known in my life… God bless you, Irwin. RIP

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