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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JERRY WEXLER  1/10/17 – 8/15/08


“Jerry Wexler, who as a Billboard magazine writer changed the name of the genre from “Race Records” to the more respectable Rhythm and Blues, became a partner with Ahmet and his brother Neshui. Together they turned their little record company, Atlantic Records, into one of the major forces of the 20th Century!


When they brought, the Muscle Shoals Sound and Stax distribution deal into the equation, Memphis Soul dominated the charts. Jerry Wexler and Tom Dowd produced classic records by Aretha Franklyn, and Dusty Springfield at Stax studios in Memphis Muscle Shoals studios using their musicians and songs in each location.


My friend, Quincy Jones, whose publishing I once represented, was overbooked to score films, and asked me to help him get someone to do the music for “Come Back, Charleston Blue”. This was the sequel to Sam Goldwyn, Juniors’ highly successful Blaxploitation film, “Cotton Comes To Harlem”. He got me the job and screen credit of musical consultant. The first composer to come to mind was Atlantic artist Donny Hathaway, who was riding high with his first album and single, “The Ghetto”. So Donny, in his Kangol Cap and me in my “Superfly” hat, “bop” into a screening of the film and had a commitment from both Sam, Jr. and Donny as soon as the lights came back on!


Now I had a chance to work with Jerry Wexler for the first time. He was a bit older than me, but he had twice the energy of a man half his age!  He had the ability to bring the best out of everybody, especially when he smiled, sorta’ like the grandfather you always wanted.”*


Jerry touched everyone who ever knew him with his humanity, and he will be surely missed.

Jerry Wexler, R.I.P. Rock In Perpetuity!


Respectfully, Artie Wayne


A list of Rolling Stones’, “20 essential Jerry Wexler productions”  http://www.rollingstone.com/news/story/22615303/wex_on_wax_twenty_essential_jerry_wexler_productions


Aretha Franklin “Natural Woman”, written by Goffin, King, Wexler. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hVSSgK7Y66g

From my forthcoming book, “I Did It For A Song”
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