REDD FOXX R.I.P. RAUNCH IN PERPETUITY!

October 12, 2012

In 1975, Redd Foxx who has the number one TV show in the U.S., “Sanford and Son” is looking to make some investments. His manager contacts me and tells me that my young publishing company has come to the attention of he and Redd and they’d like to set up a meeting with me to talk about buying an interest in it. After attending the taping of the TV show, my friend producer Lou Reizner (Rod Stewart) and I go up to Redd’s mansion, which used to belong to Sonny and Cher.

Although I’ve seen him perform many times, this is the first time I meet one of the funniest men in the world up close and personal.  His manager takes us into the music room, where Redd is jamming with his longtime friend, blues man, “Scatman” Crothers, who appears on his weekly show and another long time friend, 40’s crooner, Billy Eckstein.

I sit back and watch, while the three of them put on a show. Billy sings a love song Redd wrote back in the ‘40s, while Scatman plays a washtub bass. Then Scatman sings his scathing, but catchy, protest song, “March on Niggers, March on!”

When they finish and it’s my turn to perform, I pick up a guitar and play

“Daddy, Daddy what is Heaven Like? Is it like our house so pretty and White?

It doesn’t seem right, it doesn’t seem fair…If Mommy loved us so…why’d she go there?”

“Heaven, my child, is a beautiful place where there’s a smile on everyone’s face

Mommy loved us both but she had to go…we needed her so but they needed her more”

(Redd puts his hand over my guitar strings and says to his friends)

“Imagine a flashback scene with me singing this to my son Lamont when he’s 8 years old!”

Scatman- “Yeah, we’re talking Emmy here!”

(I pry Redd’s hands from the guitar and continue.)

“Daddy, Daddy is Heaven very far? How long would it take if we go by car?

If you cross me at the corner, I can take my bike…Daddy, please tell me what is Heaven like?”

“You can’t go there by a bike or a car…if you’re good you’ll go real far.

Maybe someday you’ll go to Heaven to…If I know your Mommy she’s saved a place for you.”

(Once again Redd puts his hand over my guitar strings and says,  “I love it, we even can make a record of it.”

Billy Eckstein- “Now we’re talkin’ Grammy!”

(I move Redd’s hand from the strings once again and snap.)

“Will you let me finish the damn song?”

I clear my throat and continue…

“Daddy, Daddy I can hardly wait…I’m so excited Heaven sounds great!

Can I run and tell sister goodbye? Why is there Daddy a teardrop in your eye?”

Copyright 1966/ 2012 and Wayne Art Music

At first there’s a dead silence…then they all start talking at once! Everybody has an idea or an opinion on how to make my song, and the possible TV show or film better…while I just shake my head. Then Redd puts his arm around me takes me into another room and says, “I know you must be overwhelmed by all of this!  I like you Artie… (Then he breaks out a little amber vial, takes a snort and offers me one. It’s probably, the strongest and coarsest coke that I’ve ever had, which makes me temporarily lose my vision.)

When I scream…”I CAN’T SEE…I CAN’T SEE!” …Redd smiles and says, “Yeah…that’s some good shit, ain’t it!”

When he tells me he wants to buy 51% of my company for $100,000 and he is willing to be more than just a “silent” partner, I politely pass on the offer, as well as on another snort!” 

Copyright 2012 by Artie Wayne

WHILE FIGHTING LARGE CORPORATIONS WHO ARE TRYING TO KEEP ROYALTIES AWAY ME AND THOUSANDS OF OTHER ARTISTS, SONGWRITERS AND PUBLISHERSMY ONLY SOURCE OF INCOME IS FROM THE SALE OF MY BOOK. ” I DID IT FOR A SONG”, WITH OVER 100 STORIES FROM THE MUSIC BUSINESS OF THE ’60s, ’70s, and ’80s. I HOPE YOU’LL CONSIDER BUYING ONE DIRECTLY FROM ME THROUGH PAYPAL FOR ONLY $9.99 AT  artiewayne@gmail.com OR BY CHECK TO…ARTIE WAYNE  P.O. BOX 1105, DESERT HOT SPRINGS, CALIFORNIA 92240

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2 Responses to “REDD FOXX R.I.P. RAUNCH IN PERPETUITY!”

  1. Jeff Maxwell Says:

    Artie,

    My name is Jeff Maxwell. If you ever watched M*A*S*H, you may remember me as the beleaguered cook, Private Igor. Before that great nine-year gig, I was the wacky half of a comedy team, Garrett & Maxwell. My partner and I enjoyed several years of success, but our first real gig of any consequence was at the Redd Foxx club in Los Angeles.

    Redd used to offer talent night on Mondays. Any comic trying for a comedy career could get up on his stage and do their five minutes. As ambitious young fellows, my partner and I took a shot one Monday night. A few days later, our manger contacted us saying that Redd Foxx saw our performance and wanted to talk with us about working in the club.

    We were nothing less than out of our minds. Redd was a comedy icon to us and just being noticed by him was pure joy.

    We enjoyed many weeks work in the club and were truly blessed by getting to spend time with Redd. He gave us invaluable advice about our act and showbiz in general. He also introduced us to numerous celebs, including another of our favorite comedy icons, Flip Wilson.

    Many years later, I auditioned for a new series he was doing. I reminded him of our early relationship, and I got the job. Unfortunately, my character was a cross-dresser and ended up getting cut out of the show. And then the show was cancelled after a few episodes.

    Of all the ways one could describe this comedy genius, mine would be to say that he loved comedians and loved to laugh. He loved the gift of laughter, regardless of who it came from. To Redd, laughter was magic and joy.

    Love to you Redd Foxx. I will never forget you.

    Jeff Maxwell

  2. Chiyoko Says:

    Oh, Artie! What a wonderful anecdote from your fabulous life!! And I loved the response from Jeff Maxwell. Yes, I know who he is becuz of M*A*S*H. Isn’t it amazing how many different lives are intertwined with one another? And, of course, I can’t forget Redd Foxx. I used to watch his show all the time. I’ve heard his comedy routines were pretty raunchy, and I wish I were old enough (at the time) to have been able to see him in action, live, on the stage. Thanks, Artie, for refreshing some old memories I had hidden in the back of my mind.


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