I first met Steve Popovich when he would come up to visit VP Mel Bly at Warner Brothers music and it was always a special occasion. I looked forward to listening to his new releases, knowing it was just a matter of time before they would be chart toppers. When he played me the album “Bat Out Of Hell” by Meatloaf, I knew I was privy to something extraordinary. It was the first time I listened to an album as if I were listening to a single, and the spectacular sales proved that I wasn’t alone in feeling that way.

I didn’t know Steve well…but here are some people who did.

Steve was not only one of the greatest promotion men that ever lived, but he was also a man of his word.  Steve genuinely loved music.  Because of Steve, Benny Mardones’ (well before “Into The Night” fame) remake of “Please Say You Want Me” (yes, the Schoolboys) which I produced, got signed to Epic and he promoted the hell out of it and got it onto the charts.

Then Steve fought for me in one of the biggest blood baths of all time between major labels, the clash of the Bangkok’s…Robey, which was my record I produced on Silver Blue/Epic versus Murray Head, RCA.-triple bonuses were flying all over the place.

But my fondest business memory of working with Steve, was during the era of Engelbert Humperdinck when Steve went against the tide and took my recording of “After The Lovin'” to the top of almost every chart, pop, country, and AC.

Steve was one of a kind and will be hugely missed.”

Joel Diamond

“Steve and I started at CBS in Cleveland. He had a passion for music that was even larger than he was. When he believed in something he made it happen whether it was local or on a national level. I remember when Steve was in a local band (he played bass) and he wanted to put out a record. Steve somehow got in contact with a big time producer in Nashville. The producer came to Cleveland with one of his new artists to hear the group and work out an arrangement with the group. While the record wasn’t a national hit as he hoped, but the record was made. The producer was Bill Justis (Google his name) and the artist was Dolly Parton. Steve personality would always light up a room. I’m going to miss him. I would bump into Steve at conventions or when he would come to L.A. My sincerest condolences to his family: Steve Jr., Pamela, a sister and former band mates, Randy Brown, Ray Miller and Denny.”

Doc Remer

“He was such a nice man Artie and how I remember it – when they ousted Clive at CBS, they got rid of anyone who was pro Clive. Now I know his bio doesn’t read that way, but that’s what I remember. He and his promo team were unstoppable and really at the top of their game when he left (or was asked to leave – the changing of the guard was not nice at CBS). He floundered for a while until he started Cleveland Records and then he was signing Polka Bands at first – hey, am I crazy remembering it so? Anyway, like Clive always said, talent is like a ping pong ball, it always floats to the surface.”

Love, Carla Lockhart

Steve Popovich was big, loud and opinionated and loved music, all kinds of music and loved the music business. He could be a great friend and formidable enemy. He knew how to take an artist from “raw talent” to record, to press, promote, market and sell that artist and their product all over the world…and he could do it singlehandedly….He loved the history of the music business and spent hours many an evening speaking to, asking questions of and reliving the industry past with my late ex-father-in-law Al Gallico….He knew how to define, discover and “pick” talent……an art that appears to have been lost in the music industry we observe today ! Steve Popovich was one of the Last Of The Greats of our industry….R.I.P.”

Stephen – Craig Aristei

 

 

 Steve Popovich may you ROCK IN PERPETUITY!

Respectfully, Artie Wayne

top phto l-r Randy Jackson, Boz Scaggs, Michael Jackson, and Steve Popovich

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The first time I met Andrew Gold was at a little studio off of Melrose in Hollywood, where my friend Val Garay was engineering his first album. The music was so loud and captivating I didn’t catch the name of the guy sitting next to Val who was quiet and unassuming; I thought he was the second engineer , not the rising star himself.

Andrew was one of the writers of the time who held onto, wrote about, and promoted traditional values. In “Thank You For Being A Friend” you don’t doubt his sincerity for one minute and are happy everytime we hear it blasted on an oldies radio station or listen to it on an episode of the “Golden Girls”.

My friend, Sally Stevens, former publicity director at Elektra/Asylum Records, where Andrew had his biggest hits remembers, “ “I was working at E/A during a time when some of our artists could be a little ‘difficult’ to deal with!  However, Andrew was a pleasure to work with – always cooperative and easygoing, a professional in all respects. He will always be in our lives because of Thanks For Being A Friend, which he was.  I am so sorry to hear that he’s gone. My condolences to his wife and family, and to his mother, the wonderful Marni Nixon.”

 Andrew Gold may you ROCK IN PERPETUITY!

for additional information on his passing  http://www.latimes.com/news/obituaries/la-me-andrew-gold-20110606,0,7388391.story

Respectfully, Artie Wayne http://artiewayne.com

 

 

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To reach Sally Stevens

http://rockphiles.typepad.com/a_life_in_the_day/

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When I asked my friend, Photographer/blogger and Facebook enthusiast, Sally Stevens, how often I should check my Facebook home page, she suggested five or six times a day…or better still, keep a window open to it at all times.

When I did that, I understood why so many people are fascinated by the activities of their Facebook friends, who they can observe from a safe physical and emotional distance. Even though I’ve been up on Facebook over a year I’m still learning how to use certain aspects of it.

Whenever I put up a new article on my blog I type in the url and comment I want to make on my “wall” and a picture of my blog “magically” appears. Once I press “share” it will send it to “friends”, “friends of friends”, or “everyone” I select among the privacy settings (found on the upper right hand side of your profile page in “accounts.)

Whenever I need to know something I ask my friend and fello blogger Sally Stevens, and she either tells me or shows me where to find it.

AW – How do you upload your music to FB? 

SS –  Once you have converted your music files to an mp3 format – which you can do using programs like Switch – you sign up for SoundCloud.  Use FB to log in – I found that to be easy.  You then upload your music to your wall using SoundCloud.  The instructions are pretty easy to follow.  Even I can do it!  LOL! 

Info on Switch and other programs for converting your music files here http://www.askdavetaylor.com/convert_wma_from_windows_media_player_into_mp3_files.html  and Soundcloud www.soundcloud.com

AW – What’s a good source for general info on FB, news, updates, FAQs, etc.?

SS – :  http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/allfacebook  – doesn’t appear to be run by the powers-that-be at FB, but I bet they watch this blog pretty closely! A good source for general info”, FB has its own Help section.  http://www.facebook.com/help/new/?page=820

AW – When do you unfriend someone?

SS: Absolutely subjective.  Your mileage may vary. 

Thank you Sally…Next week we’ll be talking with my friend singer/ songwriter Alan O’Day (“UNDERCOVER ANGEL”, “ROCK ‘N’ ROLL HEAVEN”), who has a successful Facebook page “We Like Alan O’Day” with over 2100 members. https://www.facebook.com/#!/home.php?sk=group_113462684910

This has brought together a group of like minds with a love of music that seems to be growing everyday. Until then, you can see Alan performing live June 11th for a fundraiser: Grassroots Acoustica’s 4th Annual Pride Edition at The Talking Stick, Venice, CA; to Benefit The Celebration Theatre. https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=155880251143772

to reach Alan O’Day go to http://alanoday.com

For Sally Stevens

http://rockphiles.typepad.com/a_life_in_the_day/

http://www.rockphiles.com/rp_artistIndex.php

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