For the last three years I’ve been writing my book about my 50 years in the music business. I was warned not to write about certain people, certain companies, and certain things which made me want to tell more.

As my blog became more popular with over 1,870,000 VIEWS, I began to get bolder and relentlessly went after large corporations and social networks until they discontinued some of their questionable practices.

I’m proud to have been the first to write about Tommy James’ shocking book, “ME, THE MOB, AND THE MUSIC” and have an exclusive no-holds barred three part interview with my pal from the past and former label mate…probably the only such event where the participants didn’t have to go into the witness protection program right after the show!

In my book, “I DID IT FOR A SONG”, I write about my first hand experiences songwriting (Aretha, Michael Jackson,Tony Orlando, Cher, etc.) producing (the Kingsmen, The Shirelles, the Guess Who) and getting hits for Warner Brothers Music (“You’re 16″, “R+R Heaven”) and Irving/ Almo music (“I Honestly Love You”, “Our Day Will Come”).

I share my private stories about, Carole King, MORRIS LEVY, Neil Bogart, The BEATLES, Jimi Hendrix, SCOTT SHANNON, Eagles, MICHAEL JACKSON, Bert Berns, THREE DOG NIGHT, Alan Freed, BOBBY DARIN, Brian Wilson, PAUL WILLIAMS, Murray The K, TOMMY JAMES and the Shondells, Olivia Newton-John, HERB ALPERT, JERRY MOSS, Don Kirshner, RICK JAMES, Rolling Stones, ELLIE GREENWICH, Clive Davis, Barry White, DAVID GEFFEN, Marvin Gaye, QUINCY JONES, The Rolling Stones, DAVID BOWIE, Phil Spector, AND DOZENS MORE!

 

EXTRA! EXTRA! YOU CAN BUY MY BOOK ,“I DID IT FOR A SONG” AT AMAZON or Barnes & Noble or from Smashwords

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Thanks and regards, Artie Wayne http://artiewayne.com

Special thanks to Sally Stevens for  the Rainbow’s End photopainting on the cover.  http://sallystevens.fineartstudioonline.com/

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Photo at the very top – Elizabeth Taylor and Lassie

Then from top to bottom – 1. my Whoppy and Streaker 2. Sally Stevens’ Lyric and Geronimo 3. Toni Wine and Allan Rindes’ Arfer 4. Patti and Richard Kimballs’ Kitty 5. Bobbi Cowans’ Thelma and Louise 6. Steve Budeskys’ Greeter 7. Alan O’Day with Chipper (photo by Yuka) 8. Ollabelle and Gary Halls’ Chuck (photo by Patti Dahlstrom) 9. Biggie 10. Sunny Smiths’ Lucky 11. Nookie and me. 12. Donn Dabneys’ Moxie and  Cooper 13. Rose Gross -Marinos’ Tikky 14. Gary Theroux Clover in 1982 15. Barry Oslander with Bonnie 16. Bonnie and Bo 17. Steve Budeskys’ Blackie  18. Dawn Lee Wakefield’s Barney, 19 Karen Brown”s Sophie and Skye,  20. Randy Huack’s Benji and Daisy Mae 20. Mark Zuckerberg’s Beast 2 1. Carolyn Travis and Chris Gilson’s Barkley 22. Ellen Feldman’ s infamous TIG!

 

 

 

 

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His practice of having white singers record black artists’ hits is credited by some with helping black musicians — and early rock music — break into the commercial mainstream.

Before I started out in the music business in the early 60’s, Randy Wood was one of the first names I recognized from record labels. As a young impressionable singer/ songwriter I wanted to be like his biggest star on Dot records, Pat Boone, the only problem I had was that I was black!

When I went to visit relatives in Monessen, Pa. whether I was in a car, a store, or somebody’s house, it felt like I was constantly surrounded by this fresh, forbidden music called Rock and Roll. My cousin Sharon laughed when I asked who the Black guy was singing Rick Nelson’s song, “I’m Walkin’.” She said, “It’s Fats Domino, who wrote it and did the original record.”

This was the first time that I realized that Top 40 radio in New York didn’t play “race records,” as music by “colored” artists was known. I never heard the original version of, “Sh-Boom” by the Chords; the only version I knew was the cover record by the white pop group, The Crew Cuts; I even thought of Pat Boone as the originator of “Ain’t That a Shame”.

Then I started hearing stories about Randy Wood, the man behind Pat Boone and Dot Records.

By Valerie J. Nelson, L.A Times Obituary

April 14, 2011

Dot Records founder Randy Wood was looking for a song for a young Pat Boone to record in 1955 and found it in the Fats Domino hit “Ain’t That a Shame?” Except Boone, then an English major, wanted to sing “Isn’t That a Shame?” After a few run-throughs, Wood insisted, “It’s got to be ‘ain’t’,” and Boone soon had his first No. 1 single. Wood’s practice of having white singers such as Boone cover rhythm and blues hits by black artists is credited by some with helping black musicians — and early rock music — break into the commercial mainstream. Pop stations that had limited airplay mainly to white artists found room for the remakes, which helped introduce the black R&B sound to a white audience.

Wood died Saturday at his La Jolla home of complications from injuries suffered in a fall down stairs in his house, said his son John Wood. He was 94. Calling him “one of the people I owe my career to,” singer Pat Boone said Wood “picked out all my early hits.” “He was just my mentor, my angel,” Boone, who stayed with Dot Records for 13 years, told The Times in 2005.

The R&B remakes were not without controversy. Dot Records, Boone and other singers were accused of stealing music and success from the black artists.
“That’s a perversion of history,” Boone said. “The recording directors at the small R&B labels wanted to attract attention to their artists, and the covers expanded the impact of the song. Little Richard, Fats Domino and Chuck Berry were all thrilled because it made it possible for their songs to finally get heard, and Randy knew that.”

At one point in the mid-1950s, Dot had five of the top 10 hits on the Billboard charts, said Larry Welk, who is the son of the late band leader Lawrence Welk and first worked with Wood in 1960. “He was a true pioneer in the music business,” Welk said in a 2005 Times interview. “He put in effect a lot of policies in the music business that will outlive him.”

Randy Wood R.I.P. ROCK IN PERPETUITY

Respectfully Artie Wayne

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Why is there such a controversy over who is better, Taylor Swift or Adele? Here are two videos from each of them, which makes the winner OBVIOUSLY clear!

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Three years ago my friend photographer/ blogger Sally Stevens became aware of Adele and had a lively discussion about her and Taylor Swift at her website ROCKPHILES. http://www.rockphiles.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=1403

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IS AMERICA CRAZY? PIA  TOSCONO SHOULDN’T HAVE BEEN ELIMINATED ON AMERICAN IDOL! FORTUNATELY JIMMY IOVINE WASN’T CRAZY AND SIGNED HER  24 HOURS AGO TO INTERSCOPE RECORDS!

AND HERE IS A SONG THAT COULD BE HER FIRST HIT.

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MSN news, Los Angeles, Apr 7 (PTI) Charlie Sheen has filed a petition in court to acquire the rights to 22 of his signature phrases including “Duh, winning.”The former ”Two and a Half Men” star is attempting to trademark catchphrases, including ”Tiger Blood” and ”Godesses”, reported CBS News.
The troubled actor, who is currently on a sold-out tour of the US and Canada, is seeking trademark protection for everything from drinks to electronic games. The 45-year-old has teamed up with the company ”Hyro-gliff” in an attempt to win rights to the bizarre catchphrases and records show that the organisation filed trademark applications between March 19th and March 22nd.

Most of the phrases have been commonplace in Sheen”s YouTube rants over the past few months and some are being used on memorabilia sold at his shows. As well as ”Tiger Blood” and ”Duh, Winning”, Sheen is also seeking to trademark ”Vatican Assassin” and ”Rock Star From Mars” as well as the nickname for his home ”Sober Valley Lodge”. The actor”s spokesman says any potential uses of the phrases will be determined later but if the trademarks are granted they will protect against use on electronic games, candy, food and even gambling machines.”

WILL CHARLIE SHEEN BE LAUGHED AT BY THE COURTS AS MORRIS LEVY AND DJ ALAN FREED WERE WHEN THEY TRIED TO COPYRIGHT THE PHRASE “ROCK AND ROLL”…OR WHEN DONALD TRUMP TRIED TO COPYRIGHT “YOU’RE FIRED!”…ONLY TIME WILL TELL!

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Jackie DeShannon at State Beach in California photo by Artie Wayne

“I first met Jackie DeShannon back in 1964, when she was on tour with The Beatles. We had talked on the phone a few times after I cut a couple of her songs with Joey Powers (“Midnight Mary”) and we arranged to get together when she got to New York.

We hit it off immediately, with our mutual love of music, dancing and art museums. I was going to show her “My New York,” but she wound up showing me hers. That world included after hour jam sessions in Greenwich Village with Dave Van Ronk, John Hammond Jr. and Tom Paxton.

My first (and only) single for Liberty Records, “Where Does A Rock and Roll Singer Go (When His Record’s Off The Charts)?” had just bombed out and I was discouraged with the music business in the States. Jackie suggested that I go to London (where I had just scored a top ten hit with “Queen For Tonight” by Helen Shapiro) in November, 1964, when she would be there promoting her latest single. Once again I was swept away to her galaxy, becoming friends with one of her co-writers, Jimmy Page, watching her perform on “Ready, Steady, Go!!” and going on several stops of the Beatles promo tour for “Beatles For Sale.”

Jackie and I never dated, but we hung out a lot, until a misunderstanding (too petty to remember) threatened our relationship and we hadn’t spoken in a month. Then, the day after I had open heart surgery (back in N.Y.), she called me from a recording studio to see how I was. She had the engineer play the backing track she was working on….and sang “What The World Needs Now Is Love” to me over the phone. I can’t tell you how much that meant to me….but I actually made medical history by walking around 36 hours after my operation!”

WHEN I WAS LOOKING FOR A PICTURE OF JACKIE TO USE IN MY FORTHCOMING BOOK, “I DID IT FOR A SONG”, I FOUND ONE THAT I TOOK OF HER AROUND THE SAME TIME “PUT A LITTLE LOVE IN YOUR HEART” WAS RELEASED. I ALSO DISCOVERED THAT IT WAS USED AS THE COVER OF A CD IN THE UK!

To reach Jackie Deshannon http://www.jackiedeshannon.com/

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