SHAME ON “BABY, IT’S YOU” PUBLICISTS!

April 26, 2011

After writing a few articles about my old boss Florence Greenberg and the Broadway show “BABY, IT”S YOU” I got a letter from the show’s publicist,

”Hope you are doing well! I wanted to follow up and let you know that BABY IT’S YOU will be hosting a Blogger Night! If you are interested, Follow the directions on the page to win a pair of tickets to the show…Let me know if you have any questions!”

 Yeah…I’ve got one question, “ARE YOU CRAZY?” WIN a pair of tickets? I’m disabled and I live in the California desert, and I might’ve considered going to New York to see the show when it opens now I DON’T THINK SO! WIN a pair of tickets indeed?

I may not be Perez Hilton, but I have over 1,840,000 views on Artie Wayne on the Web and 40 years worth of credentials as an “underground tastemaker” from helping to break “Jesus Christ Superstar” https://artiewayne.wordpress.com/2006/07/31/jesus-christ-superstar-ascends-2/  to being the first to rave about Tommy James book, “Me, The Mob, and The Music” https://artiewayne.wordpress.com/2010/02/09/tommy-james-shocking-new-book-methe-mob-and-the-music/

 I may not have a huge following, but my readers are amazingly influential as you can see from the comments made at the bottom of these articles https://artiewayne.wordpress.com/2009/08/28/ellie-greenwich-r-i-p-rock-in-perpetuity/ as well as https://artiewayne.wordpress.com/2010/04/15/whos-going-to-replace-simon-cowell-ron-fair-or-joel-diamond/

 BTW, I googled Florence Greenberg “Baby, It’s You” and here’s what came up.

  1. The Shirelles – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    The Beatles also covered “Baby It’s You” on their album Please, Please Me in 1963. A school friend had them audition for her mother, Florence Greenberg,
    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_ShirellesCachedSimilar
  2. A TRIBUTE TO FLORENCE GREENBERG! « Artie Wayne On The Web

    Apr 21, 2010 Tags: Artie Kornfeld, Artie Ripp, Baby it’s You” the play, brooks arthur, ed silvers, florence greenberg, Larry Weiss, Marv Schlacter,
    artiewayne.wordpress.com/…/a-tribute-to-florencegreenberg/CachedSimilar
  3. News & Reviews – Baby It’s You! – Official Broadway Site

    Inspired by the true story of Florence Greenberg, the woman who in the late 1950’s took the male-dominated music industry by storm, Baby It’s You! is a new
    babyitsyouonbroadway.com/news.htmlCached

I wonder how my friend Artie Ripp, one of the producers of “BABY, IT”S YOU” is going to respond when he finds out how his publicity is being handled (he also is one my readers).

 I wish the show well, but don’t expect me or any of my inconsequential “blogger friends” to support it.

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

P.S. last night I put this article up on Facebook and got these responses.

Todd Everett I should point out that you could have seen the show here in L.A. — it played forever at the Coast Playhouse (where I saw it), then had its “premiere” at the Pasadena Playhouse. Changed quite a bit, I guess, between the two; and probably between Pasadena and Broadway. I paid for my ticket, though through Goldstar

Ellen Sander Jeez if they had to comp every blogger, they’d have nothing left to sell!

 Artie Wayne MAYBE I’M SPOILED, BUT THE LAST SEATS I PAID FOR WERE THE BEATLES AT CARNEGIE HALL AND WAS PISSED OFF HAVING TO PAY $10.00 EACH!

Sally Stevens Artie’s point was that he’s been blogging about Florence for quite some time, as he used to work with her back in the day. It’s a little different from “every blogger.” He still comes up in the top three in the Google rankings when you search Florence.

Tom Tom Slocum Artie is correct..

Ellen Sander I do see his point.

Copyright 2011 by Artie Wayne http://artiewayne.com

Here’s my best article on Florence Greenberg and, “BABY, IT’S YOU” https://artiewayne.wordpress.com/2010/04/21/a-tribute-to-florence-greenberg/

FLASH!!!!!!!! THIS JUST CAME IN FROM MARK KENNEDY ASSOCIATED PRESS DRAMA WRITER!

By MARK KENNEDY AP Drama Writer

NEW YORK April 27, 2011 (AP)
Producers of the Broadway musical “Baby, It’s You!” were slapped with a lawsuit Wednesday only hours before opening night by several musicians including Dionne Warwick and three of the four original members of The Shirelles claiming their names and likeness were used without permission.

The complaint filed in New York State’s Supreme Court alleges the producers of the musical did not get permission from Warwick, Chuck Jackson or Beverly Lee, Doris Coley Jackson and Addie Harris Jackson of The Shirelles to portray them on stage. It seeks unspecified damages.

“These national treasures were taken advantage of at the infancy of their careers,” said Oren Warshavsky, a lawyer at Baker Hostetler, which filed the lawsuit. “Now they have to watch it done to them again on stage and once more not get paid.” For complete story http://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/wireStory?id=13470008

OK…ENOUGH FRIVOLITY! HAVE YOU HEARD ABOUT MY NEW AUTOBIOGRAPHY “I DID IT FOR A SONG”, NOT ONLY DOES IT CHRONICLE MY 50 YEARS IN THE MUSIC BUSINESS..IT REVEALS THE SECRET OF LIFE ITSELF!  http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/53813

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12 Responses to “SHAME ON “BABY, IT’S YOU” PUBLICISTS!”

  1. heyricky Says:

    Makes you look like a beggar Artie.

  2. Jack Carone Says:

    Respectfully, heyricky, I disagree. The price of a ticket is not what offends Artie, it’s the insult of making him jump through the hoops of a contest put on by people who weren’t even alive or around when Artie was in the thick of it. Peace.

  3. Susanella Rogers Says:

    Don’t take it personally, Artie. They probably envision a “blogger” as a teenager or a no-life adult with only dreams of a showbiz connection — somebody who would be thrilled at the chance of winning the tickets.

    And it was a form letter sent to an impersonal list by a twenty-something underling — The publicist-in-charge probably didn’t even see the name of your blog.. so he or she doesn’t know that they sent that cheesy offer to The Legendary Artie Wayne.

  4. Anonymous Says:

    Get over it, Artie. Reading your pompous, defensive rants every time you feel disrespected is tiresome and, frankly, embarrassing.

    Yes, you are no Perez Hilton, by a long shot.Your 1.8 million “hits” (which are actually individual page views) over the last five years, while not all that shabby when compared to most non-celebrity bloggers, still hardly puts you in the league of “power blogger” by any stretch of the imagination.

    It’s the unique visitor count that is a true indication of the popularity of a blog, or, for that matter, any website.

    Popular, well known blogs have tens, if not hundreds of thousands of unique visitors every month. You have never quoted that particular statistic in your rants, instead referring time and time again to your total page view count which, for all intents and purposes, is a useless number when it comes to “ratings.”

    With all due respect, please stop ranting about how big and powerful your blog is every time someone disrespects you, even unintentionally. Those with real knowledge about blogs and the internet laugh when you brag about the popularity of your blog every time you quote your page view numbers.

    Perhaps I am mistaken, but it seems that nearly all of the comments on your blog come from the same dozen or two readers. It’s nice that you have a small band of loyal friends who follow your blog. But a truly popular blog receives comments from hundreds, if not thousands, of unique visitors each month.

    Your blog fills a nice little niche of content, but The Huffington Post you are not!

    • Artie Wayne Says:

      I’M NOT SHOUTING, BUT I CAN ONLY USE ONE FINGER TO TYPE.

      IF YOU HAD ACTUALLY READ MY ARTICLE AND CLICKED ON THE URLS OF WHO MADE COMMENTS YOU MIGHT’VE APPRECIATED THE QUALITY, IF NOT THE QUANTITY OF MY READERS.

      BTW, YOU MIGHT USE THE NAME ANONYMOUS, BUT YOUR IP# IS CLEARLY VISIBLE AND I KNOW WHO YOU ARE.

      I GUESS OLD AGE, BITTERNESS, AND LACK OF ATTENTION DOESN’T AGREE WITH YOU.

      ARTIE

  5. Barry Oslander Says:

    Artie: You are to cool to get this mad over a none pro….Warmest, BarryO

  6. Colleen Says:

    Artie
    People have forgotten about the greats who were there and they should be consulted I am with you on this one!
    Colleen

  7. mark barkan Says:

    You are totally right-How soon people forget. Well I have never forgotten how nice you were to me during my career-so don’t fret Artie -you have shown yourself bigger than them by far.

  8. Jack Carone Says:

    that Anonymous guy sure comments on a lot of websites.

  9. Steve OWen Says:

    Artie,
    When The other Artie (Ripp) sees this, maybe he will let you know what it was all about(the email
    about winning tikets)and of course, I’m sure he will offer you free ones to see the show!
    I know you were part of the scene back in that time, and had many dealings with the characters in the play…
    Best,
    Steveo

  10. John Clemente Says:

    Hello, I saw “Baby It’s You” in preview last week. While the acting and singing were marvelous, the story line was pure fiction. From what I remember when I compiled information on the Shirelles for Girl Groups — Fabulous Females That (sic) Rocked The World, and research on the Shirelles recordings, things didn’t go down the way they were presented. I was a small child at that time, but I went straight to the primary sources when I needed data. For example, what will Horace Ott think when he finds out that he didn’t arrange and conduct “Tonight’s The Night”!

  11. gregchavez Says:

    Alot of people for got this woman robbed these teenage girls. And now the so called story of her life is going to rob them again. I don”t think so.


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