“EVERYTHING OLD IS “NEWS” AGAIN” #3

May 11, 2012

TODAY MY PAL FROM MY GENGHIS COHEN DAYS, JOHNNY DEPP OPENS IN “DARK SHADOWS” ; BUT WILL IT HAVE “ENOUGH BITE” TO TOPPLE MY OTHER PAL FROM THE PAST, ROBERT DOWNEY, JR. WHO WAS NUMBER ONE LAST WEEK END WITH THE “AVENGERS” , BRINGING IN 207 MILLION DOLLARS?

HERE ARE TRAILERS FROM BOTH…

DARK SHADOWS http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ePV8WGngJRQ  

AVENGERS   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tY9DnBNJFTI  

I’M STAYING HOME THIS WEEKEND WITH A DVD THAT CAROLYN TRAVIS SENT ME OF THE PBS SPECIAL “AIRPLAY:THE RISE AND FALL  OF ROCK RADIO”, WHICH WAS JUST RELEASED.  THIS IS WHAT CAROLYN WROTE.

“Artie…Chris and I grew up with rock radio. We were the kids with the transistor radios under our pillows and in our ears. Chris grew up listening to Dan Ingram, Cousin Brucie and Murray the K in New York. For me, it was the WPGC Good Guys in DC. They made a lasting impression.

 I’d seen every documentary I could find about the music and the artists, but not much had been done about the people who played the music for us, back in the days before itunes, ipods and Pandora. But more than that, they brought the races together in the 50’s and united a generation behind the anti-war movement in the 60’s. We thought they deserved some recognition. And, to be honest, there were a few I really wanted to meet. I wasn’t disappointed. Our other favorite part of this project was the response we’ve gotten from people who have shared the memories that “Airplay” brought back for them. Some made me laugh…others made me cry.

It was a time when we all listened together and the music changed our lives.”

HERE’S THE TRAILER FROM AIRPLAY” NEXT WEEK DAWN LEE WAKEFIELD OF THE EXAMINER WILL REVIEW IT.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ju2umUy0JOk&feature=email

THIS WAS AN EXCITING WEEK IN THE ART WORLD…ANDY WARHOL “DOUBLE ELVIS” SELLS FOR 37 MILLION DOLLARS!

In 1968 ,The hottest ticket in town was the ANDY WARHOL show at the Museum of Modern Art, in NYC. Rather than wait in long lines, my friend Rock journalist Lita Eliscu, surprised me and took me over to meet her friend Andy, at the Factory, his studio where he created some of his best works of art.

“From 1963 to 1968, the post-war Pop Art world partied at artist Andy Warhol’s mid-town New York City studio known as The Factory.231 East 47th Street was where Warhol and his cohorts – artists, poets, porn stars, musicians, drug addicts and his “Superstars” – created his silkscreens and lithographs and his films, and it became the center of the Hip Universe”*.

As Lita, Andy and I sat in his carnivorous studio, sipping tea, I listened to their stories about mutual friends while drinking in the incredible art work that was hung here and there on the wall. Andy offered to take us on a short tour of the studio, and while walking into a new area and was stopped in my tracks when I saw “DOUBLE ELVIS’” that was sold last Wednesday for 37 million dollars!   

http://www.click2houston.com/news/Warhol-Double-Elvis-goes-for-37-million/-/1735978/13004056/-/o0xq3/-/index.html

I WAS TALKING TO A NEW FRIEND ON FACEBOOK, HUNTER GEORGE, WHO HAS A BACKGROUND AS A BAND PROMOTER AND BOOKER IN THE DEEP SOUTH DURING THE RACIALLY TURBULENT SIXTIES AND WE HAD A LONG AND DEEP CONVERSATION ABOUT HOW MUSIC HELPED TO BRING AMERICA TOGETHER.

ARTIE – I TELL HUNTER

In the summer of 1956, before starting my freshman year at the High School of Music and Art in NY., I visit some relatives in Pennsylvania and Ohio with my mother’s sister Wan, the aunt I regard more as a friend than a parental  figure.

Our first stop is Monessen, PA, where we spend a week with my Aunt Bobbi, Uncle Clark Barton, and their family. This is the first time that I have spent time with my cousins Jackie and Sharon, who are around my age.

They take me to my first dance where I hear a new kind of music which is starting to sweep the country called ROCK & ROLL!

Being introduced to some of their friends I always say, “Hello, it’s a pleasure to meet you.” Jackie grabs my arm, pulls me to the side and says “Hey, man — don’t embarrass me. Don’t be so polite. You’re from New York, so act cool and say ‘Hey, how ya’ doin’?’ and kinda nod your head.”

I feel a little foolish trying to use my new greeting, until a few girls agree to dance with me, now I reconsider my cousin as my new, hip role model.

Wherever I go in this little town, in a car, a store or somebody’s house, it feels like I’m constantly surrounded by this fresh, forbidden music. My cousin Sharon laughs when I ask who’s singing Rick Nelson’s song, “I’m Walkin’.” “It’s Fats Domino, who wrote it and did the original record.” This isn’t the first time that I hear that Top 40 radio inNew York doesn’t play “race records,” as music by “colored” artists is known.

I never heard the original version of, “Sh — Boom” by the Chords; the only version I know is the cover record by the white pop group, The Crew Cuts; I even think Pat Boone is the originator of “Tutti Frutti,” not Little Richard.

RICK NELSON “I’M WALKIN”  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GP4UOSiA75A

 

 

HUNTER GEORGE –I was born in 1940 and grew up in Raleigh, NC, which was part of the segregated South. It was the way life was in the forties and fifties, then about 1953 things begin to change. Us kids discovered what was known as Race Music, Boogie Woogie and Blues. It was the beginning of Rock and Roll and in my opinion the beginning of the end of segregation, and a change in attitudes among whites towards blacks.

The first music I remember listening to with other teens on a jukebox was by Big Joe Turner ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4lFtOczzc1c), Laverne Baker (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wh9dX9wbsAg), Ike Turner, Bo Diddley, Jimmy Reed, Little Richard (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F13JNjpNW6c) and Fats Domino (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KNNiBcU3BR4&feature=related). We didn’t notice or care what color these artist were, we just liked their music and loved it even more because our parents didn’t like it and some adults said we were going to hell.

I remember a time in the fifties, when a “Negro” show would play at the Raleigh Memorial Auditorium, the few white kids lucky enough to get in had to sit in the balcony, much as blacks had to do in theaters in the south. 

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THEN I TOLD HUNTER ABOUT GOING TO PORTSMOUTH OHIO ON  THAT SAME TRIP

When my aunt Wan and I go to visit our other relatives inPortsmouth,Ohio, the hometown of Roy Rogers.

On the morning of the Fourth of July, cousin Marsha takes me to a Roy Rogers’ double feature, celebrating the holiday. When I walk down the aisle to the front of the theater an usher stops me and says, “Excuse me. You can’t sit here.”

“But, there are some empty seats, right there!” He shines his flashlight in my face and says, “I’m sorry, but YOU can’t sit here. You’ve got to sit up there, where you’re supposed to.” Marsha takes me by the arm and leads me upstairs to the second balcony where the “colored” section is, and during intermission she reminds me that I’m in the South and this is the section where I’m supposed to be.

Later that afternoon we go off to my first barbeque and my first sip of beer — EVER. When it gets dark, we all go down to the public park to watch the Fourth of July fireworks.

There are two hills to watch the display from — one that is obscured by trees and nearly filled with blacks, and the other which has a perfect view and only a smattering of whites. As I head for the hill with the better view, my cousin stops me and says, “We’ve got to go to the other hill, remember you’re in the South.” I respond, “I know where I am, but I want a good seat!” I grab Marsha’s arm and we sit down near a confused-looking white family and nod ‘Good evening.’ They smile and nod back.

As the fireworks begin, black folk from the other hill trickle over to where we’re sitting. Then white folks who are late find a place to sit on the other hill. Soon both hills are what they call “integrated.” There are no fights, no disrespect, just all kinds of people having a good time.

As red, white and blue skyrockets light up the sky, flashes of light illuminate each of the spectators’ smiling faces. When a recording of Roy Rogers singing “The Star Spangled Banner” blasts over the public address system, everyone stands up and puts their hands over their hearts, and all is right in the world — at least for tonight!

When we get back to Aunt Frances and Uncle Ferg’s house, everyone hovers around the TV in the living room mesmerized by some singer whois on Steve Allen’s Sunday night TV show. He’s a cool-looking white guy with a pompadour, sideburns, and a guitar singing to a hound dog. When I see my other cousins and their friends screaming and crying, this electrifying moment changes my life forever!

You ain’t nothin’ but a Hound Dog…Cryin’ all the time.”

I’m 14 years old, and up until now I wanted to be either a Nuclear Physicist or a Circus Clown. Now I want to be a Rock and Roll Star…a Rock and Roll Star just like Elvis Presley!”

                                                                                                        (TO BE CONTINUED)

IF YOU HAVE ANY PERSONAL STORIES ABOUT RACISM IN MUSIC PLEASE LEAVE THEM IN THE SECTION BELOW FOR COMMENTS…THANKS

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I WAS TELLING MY FRIEND, DAWN LEE WAKEFIELD THE CLASSIC ROCK CRITIC FOR THE NATIONAL EXAMINER, ABOUT A DINNER PARTY MANY YEARS AGO AT MY PAL,       DISC JOCKEY RICHARD KIMBALL’S HOUSE. 

SITTING NEXT TO ME WAS RICHARD’S FRIEND, HE ONLY INTRODUCED TO ME AS CARL. HALFWAY THROUGH DINNER I ASKED CARL WHAT HE DID FOR A LIVING, AND HE SAID, “I PLAY DRUMS.”

AS I FINISHED MY PASTA, I SMILED AND TOLD CARL IF HE GOT A DEMO TAPE TO ME, I MIGHT BE ABLE TO GET HIM SOME SESSION WORK.

RICHARD KIMBALL GLARED AT ME AND SAID, “ARTIE…THAT’S CARL PALMER. HE PLAYS DRUMS FOR EMERSON, LAKE, AND PALMER!”

NEVER HAVING HEARD OF ELP AT THE TIME, I TOLD CARL JUST TO GIVE A DEMO TAPE TO RICHARD AND I’LL GET IT AROUND”

WHEN I WONDERED ALOUD WHAT THIS CLASSIC GROUP WAS UP TO…DAWN LEE WAKEFIELD DIRECTED ME TO THE STORY SHE JUST WROTE YESTERDAY ABOUT GREGG LAKE…

“Sunday night, patrons of Austin’s glorious One World Theatre had two opportunities to see, hear, and experience the exciting career of singer/songwriter Greg Lake, through his eyes, and participate in a rare treat of reflection, introspection, and some of the best classic rock memories in the business from a man ever as gracious, and humble, as one would hope for from a man of his caliber. Before the show, Lake said, “these all started out as my songs, but after a while, they really belong to the audience, who have their own interpretation of what each one means to them.” One could only expect an evening of enthusiastic sharing between a man of music and his followers would ensue.

From the moment you exited off of Bee Caves Road down and wound downward in a spiral toward the parking level in the hills where the Tuscan villa is situated, you entered a time machine, driven by singer Lake, that opened with a spectacular show of revolving red spotlights, signaling the opening anthem “21st Century Schizoid Man.” Your mind went back to the iconic “In the Court of the Crimson King” album cover (the story behind which Lake shared a most poignant story about the artist, Barry Godber), and the crowd was prepped for the night as many nodded their heads forward and back again, in affirmation with every beat.

View slideshow: Greg Lake is touring the United States on his ‘Songs of a Lifetime’ tour

As he welcomed the 6 pm crowd, Lake noted, “I’ve been completing my biography, ‘Lucky Man,’ so I guess we should start “From the Beginning.” Instant applause. At that point, Lake dazzled the audience with powerful vocals, dead-on guitar playing exactly the way the audience had heard the licks on the once-underground radio stations and on their stereos and in live concerts back in the day.”

TO COMPLETE DAWN’S ARTICLE JUST CLICK ONTO   http://www.examiner.com/review/greg-lake-s-biographical-songs-of-a-lifetime-concert-two-time-hit-austin

ON TUESDAY WE’LL HAVE A PREVIEW OF A NEW GROUP THAT RUSS REGAN THE FORMER CEO OF UNI RECORDS AND 20TH CENTURY RECORDS IS RAVING ABOUT!

FINALLY I WANT TO LEAVE YOU WITH A PICTURE OF THE ROCK AND ROLL PUPPY OF THE WEEK…SENT TO ME BY MY OLD FRIEND, PRODUCER ARRANGER, BILL CUOMO. ..THIS IS GRIFFEN.

HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND AND REMEMBER, “EVERYTHING OLD IS NEWS” AGAIN”!

Thanks to THE LAURA PINTO CONNECTION, Dawn Lee Wakefield, and Hunter George for helping me put this article together. HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND!

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EXTRA! EXTRA! CONGRATULATIONS!! TODAY IS THE 25TH WEDDING ANNIVERSARY OF PAUL AND KARIN FLATTERY! THE TOP TV AWARD SHOW MUSIC PRODUCER/ DIRECTOR (“TEEN CHOICE AWARDS”, “AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS”, ) PAUL RECENTLY REMINDED ME THAT HE AND KARIN HAD THEIR FIRST DATE AT GENGHIS COHEN, THE RESTAURANT I NAMED AND HOSTED FOR NINE YEARS!  MAY YOU BOTH CONTINUE TO BE HAPPY AND HEALTHY!

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 Copyright 2012 by Artie Wayne  https://artiewayne.wordpress.com/2012/04/10/celebrating-two-million-views-today-on-artie-wayne-on-the-web/

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3 Responses to ““EVERYTHING OLD IS “NEWS” AGAIN” #3”

  1. Mona Essen Says:

    I grew up in PA,( not the segregated south) where racism was very subtle. In high school (1961) we had noon dancing in our gym & they didn’t play the “race records’ & inter-racial dancing was frowned on. (not a written rule, but you KNEW BETTER.

  2. Alan Says:

    Artie,
    One of your best articles, couldn’t stop reading until the end. Poignant memories that took me back to my own teens. Altho those were. of course, much more recent…
    Thanks, Alan O’Day

  3. Chris Dair Says:

    I grew up in the UK and as a kid met and played with musicians that are now ‘legends’…including Carl Palmer. It was at a party and like you he was introduced to me as just Carl…I didn’t find out until about 4 days later that he was Carl Palmer!!
    It’s wonderful reading, fascinating…thank you Artie Wayne and Hunter George,

    Chris Dair


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