IF YOU HEARD 9/11 WAS ABOUT TO HAPPEN AND DID NOTHING TO TRYAND PREVENT IT, HOW WOULD YOU FEEL? IF YOU CLICK ONTO A FIVE YEAR OLD ARTICLE OF MINE THAT SUDDENLY IS GETTING HUNDREDS OF HITS, AND SCROLL DOWN THE PAGE…YOU’LL FIND COMMENTS BY PEOPLE WHO DON’T KNOW HOW TO WRITE VERY WELL ENGLISH, TALKING TO EACH OTHER IN SOME KIND OF CODE.

When Sunny Smith a/k/a Sunny Monday, told me that she went to read an article I wrote some time ago about a mutual friend of ours Sissy Spacek, whom I discovered Sunny wrote me, ” Artie, What’s happened to your site? Who is product? Who is joe mignogna? What do their comments have to do with the song that Sissy recorded under the name Rainbo, “JOHN YOU WENT TOO FAR THIS TIME?” https://artiewayne.wordpress.com/2006/08/18/the-naked-truth-about-john-lennon-and-yoko-ono-and-an-outraged-sissy-spacek/

I looked at the 50 comments that were made at the bottom of my article and realized that something very serious was possibly going on…i just didn’t know what! Then I saw a show on CNN on how rebels were able to bring down the Egyptian gorvrnment by using coded messages to each other on FACEBOOK and TWITTER and I figured out what all of this all might mean!

When my computer crashed and I wasn’t able to warn anybody about what I stumbled across, i contacted my friends Trade Martin, Hunter George, and Sharon Link to contact my FACEBOOK FRIENDS in my name about the possible threat to America.  

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The first person to respond was Antoinette  Butrico-Gino, who contacted the FBI and Homeland Security who gave her a number and said she’d be contacted. It’s been 48 hours and no one has tried to reach her. Then I got a comment from someone who thought I was trying to plug something, as well as someone else I’ve known for over 40 years, who wrote, ” Artie, sorry I had to take this post down. Nudity and the stupidity of The Lennon nude period just can’t be tolerated at a Family friendly Facebook page.”

Obviously missing the point of the possible danger as well as foolishly calling it ” a Family friendly FACEBOOK page”, I wrote him back, “Your ignorence is astonishing…I just unfriended you”

Then after reading a few more comments, I realized that perhaps I should make my suspicions a little clearer…

 Linda Albu – WHAT DATES can you give a REFERENCE POINT IN YOUR BLOG COMMENTS so we can FIND what you are talking about please…???? It’s a LONG BLOG.

Artie- ABOUT HALFWAY DOWN THE COMMENTS PEOPLE WITH 5 OR 6 NUMBERS AFTER THEIR NAMES SEEM TO BE COMMUNICATING WITH EACH OTHER IN SOME KIND OF CODE. STARTING WITH MORGAN SILVER MARCH 9 2012
 
Linda -Yes I noticed that, Artie. I understand that no activity was happening on this blog of yours for 5 years, then suddenly the ‘numbered’ comments started to get hit?
 
Artie – NO I HAVE OVER 2 MILLION VIEWS ON MY BLOG…THEN FOR NO APPARENT REASON THAT ARTICLE STARTS GETTING HIT! https://artiewayne.wordpress.com/2012/04/10/celebrating-two-million-views-today-on-artie-wayne-on-the
 
From Mona Lidji Fishman  – I will try to get this to authorities Artie Wayne, they do sound suspicious!! Good observation!! OK, posted on FBI site with details of what to look for & names of suspicious people. Went to DHS, looked all over just to find that it says notify the FBI, so we’re covered Artie Wayne ♥ You are still the man!!!!!
 
HOPEFULLY YOU WILL SEE WHAT WE’VE SEEN AND WILL CONTACT HOMELAND SECURITY AS WELL  http://www.dhs.gov/xutil/contactus.shtm
 
  
WE ALL FEEL THAT WE COULD NEVER BE TRICKED BY AN INTERNET SCAM, BUT IT HAPPENS EVERYDAY.  I REMEMBER WINNING $10,000,000 IN EUROPEAN LOTTERY, AND INHEIRITNG  ANOTHER MILLION FROM SOMEONE I DIDN’T KNOW IN AFRICA, ALL IN THE SAME DAY.
 
TODAY INTERNET SCAM ARTISTS WILL POSE AS LEGITIMATE COMPANIES USING REAL LOGOS AND REAL LOOKING URLS TO GET ENOUGH  PERSONAL INFORMATION TO BE ABLE TO STEAL YOUR IDENTITY!
 
THIS IS WHAT HAPPENED A COUPLE OF DAYS AGO TO MY FRIEND ACTRESS, BUNNY GIBSON, WHO WAS AN ORIGINAL “AMERICAN BANDSTAND” DANCER.
 

Hi Artie,

Okay,  here is the whole truth and nothing but the truth!

 I was busy at the computer when I open an email from “AOL” saying that it is URGENT that I update my account with them to continue getting emails.
That was enough to get my attention and I replied to the email giving my account name and “Password”.  Yes, I gave my password.

Now, I’ve heard of a lot of scams and thought they would never get to me.  After I filled out the page asking for my password, I pressed “continue” and on the next page they were asking me to update all my info……including credit card info, date of birth, etc.

Now, I am proud to say, I was now concerned and suspicious and thought that I would talk to my Webmaster first before I gave information (which I don’t like to do anyhow).  No more than 10 minutes later, I started getting returned emails –  emails were being returned to my site that no longer worked when they hacked my whole email list.

I changed my “password”……and, I guess good comes out of everything.  As I have heard from people I haven’t seen or talked to in years!  And, I had the pleasure of reassuring the men in my life that I know that they are all  “Studs” and really didn’t need the Viagra! – I’ve been hacked!!!

My friend later informed me that the “URL” address must always contain an “s” meaning that it is a “secure” site. 

On to the the next day’s adventure……signing off this email,  

The “real” Bunny Gibson www.BunnyGibson.com or you can write me at Bunny@BunnyGibson.com

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THIS WEEKEND I HAD TO UNFRIEND QUITE A FEW OF MY FACEBOOK FRIENDS WHO CONTINUED TO SEND ME “GIFTS”, HUGS, INVITATIONS, ETC. THROUGH FACEBOOK ALTHOUGH THEY WERE WARNED NOT TO.
 
IF YOU ACCEPT WHATEVER YOU ARE BEING OFFERED FACEBOOK REQUIRES YOU TO SIGN THIS OR SOMETHING LIKE IT
 
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I may no longer be able to walk or have use of my hands, except for one finger, which i use to type, but I believe “IF YOU CAN ONLY LIFT ONE FINGER YOU STILL CAN POINT THE WAY!”

WAIT UNTIL YOU SEE WHAT THAT LITTLE FINGER WRITES NEXT WEEK!

 

WHILE TRYING TO FIGURE OUT HOW TO GET AN HONEST ACCOUNTING FOR SONGS OF MINE THAT MICHAEL JACKSON RECORDED, MY ONLY SOURCE OF INCOME IS FROM THE SALE OF MY BOOK. ” I DID IT FOR A SONG”, WHICH I RECEIVE IMMEDIATELY.  IF YOU LIKE WHAT I’M WRITING I HOPE YOU’LL CONSIDER BUYING ONE…IT’S ONLY $9.99

THANK YOU, ARTIE

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

OR YOU CAN USE PAY PAL TO BUY IT DIRECTLY FROM ME FOR ONLY $9.99 AT artiewayne@gmail.com  

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THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR PRAYERS AND TO MUSIC PUBLISHER DON WILLIAMS FOR GIVING ME TWO COMPUTERS WHICH I’LL HAVE NEXT WEEK! I’M KEEPING ONE AND GIVING THE OTHER TO A LITTLE 9 YEAR-OLD BOY, WHOSE BROTHER AFTER GOING ON A KILLING SPREE, WAS CAPTURED IN OF ONE OF THE LARGEST MANHUNTS IN CALIF. HISTORY!

 THE LITTLE BOY, SPENDS MOST HIS FREE TIME IN THE LIBRARY ON THE COMPUTER AWAY FROM HIS ABUSIVE  FATHER, OR IN THE SAFE HOME OF A LOVING FRIEND OF MINE, WHO WILL KEEP HIS COMPUTER FROM BEING SOLD FOR DRUGS.

I’M GETTING MY NEXT INJECTION FROM DR. LAI NEXT WEEK, BUT I HAVE OTHER PRESSING MATTERS AT HAND. THIS QUARTER I HAVEN’T RECEIVED ONE PENNY IN   SONGWRITING ROYALTIES, DUE TO ADVANCES THAT HAVEN’T BEEN PAID BACK…AND I’VE RUN OUT OF MONEY AND NOW FOOD.

WHILE TRYING TO FIGURE OUT HOW TO GET AN HONEST ACCOUNTING FOR SONGS OF MINE THAT MICHAEL JACKSON RECORDED, MY ONLY SOURCE OF INCOME IS FROM THE SALE OF MY BOOK. ” I DID IT FOR A SONG”, WHICH I RECEIVE IMMEDIATELY.  IF YOU LIKE WHAT I’M WRITING I HOPE YOU’LL CONSIDER BUYING ONE…IT’S ONLY $9.99

THANK YOU, ARTIE

NOW YOU CAN BUY THE ARTIE WAYNE BOOK ,“I DID IT FOR A SONG” AT AMAZON or Barnes & Noble or from Smashwords

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IT IS WITH GREAT SADNESS THAT I’M WRITING ABOUT ROBIN GIBB MAKING HIS TRANSITION TO THE OTHER SIDE, WE ALL WERE SO HOPEFUL WHEN THAT HE CAME OUT OF HIS COMA AFTER LISTENING TO HIS OWN MUSIC, HE WOULD RECOVER COMPLETELY…ONCE AGAIN GOD HAD OTHER PLANS.

AS I WRITE THIS I’M LISTENING TO “TOO MUCH HEAVEN”  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nREV8bQJ1MA&feature=related,  TEARS ARE UNASHAMEDLY ROLLING DOWN MY FACE KNOWING THAT ROBIN JUST RETURNED TO US BRIEFLY TO REMIND US THAT LOVE IS ALIVE IN ALL OF US. “WE’RE LIVING IN A WORLD OF FOOLS BREAKING US DOWN…WHEN THEY ALL SHOULD LET US BE…”

I CAN BARELY LISTEN TO THE BEE GEES SING, “I CAN SEE BEYOND FOREVER, EVERYTHING WE ARE WILL NEVER DIE…LOVE IS SUCH A BEAUTIFUL THING!”

THANK YOU FOR SAYING SO MANY BEAUTIFUL THINGS THAT WE COULDN’T SAY FOR OURSELVES

GOD BLESS YOU ROBIN…R.I.P. MAY YOU ROCK IN PERPETUITY!

RESPECTFULLY, ARTIE WAYNE

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I’M PROUD TO HAVE REPRESENTED THE SONGS OF ROBIN, MAURICE, AND BARRY AT VARIOUS  STAGES OF THEIR CAREERHERE IS MY PERSONAL COLLECTION OF30 BEE GEE VIDEOS THAT HAS BEEN NUMBER ONE FOR THE PAST FOUR YEARS ON GOOGLE SEARCHES.  https://artiewayne.wordpress.com/2009/06/20/top-30-bee-gee-videos-for-free/

HERE IS THE BEE GEES NEARLY TWO HOUR CONCERT VIDEO THAT I’VE NEVER SEEN UNTIL NOW http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x1iTp6aWm_Q&feature=related

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Grammy-winner Robin Gibb dead at age 62: Singer loses fight with cancer

Dawn Lee Wakefield's photo

 Classic Rock Music Examiner
Just three days after the world of disco music lost Donna Summer, the New York Times has just reported that Robin Gibb has died today at age 62, due to complications of cancer. Four decades of fans in Australia, the United Kingdom, and the United States, who loved the music of The Bee Gees, will remember Robin Gibb as a dynamic music legend and part of a trio, the brothers Gibb, who sold over175,000,000 records.  .

In April, Gibb had been in the news, as his battle with cancer had diminished his strength, and he was in a coma, with little expectation of emerging. Last month, music writer Artie Wayne reported that doctors had only given Robin a 10% chance to awaken. Gibb’s family and fans across the world were said to be praying for him, with hopes for complete recovery even going forward. On April 27, Wayne reported that Gibb had emerged from his coma, and had responded to having heard his own music, with the Bee Gees, played repeatedly. Robin awoke from the coma and lived another 3 weeks in another unexpected miracle.  

View slideshow: Remembering Robin Gibb
FOR THE COMPLETE ARTICLE BY DAWN LEE WAKEFIELD OF THE NATIONAL EXAMINER CLICK ONTO http://www.examiner.com/article/grammy-winner-robin-gibb-dead-at-age-62-singer-loses-fight-with-cancer?cid=db_articles

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NOW HERE IS THE SERIES WE’VE ALL BEEN WAITING FOR “BEYOND AMERICAN BANDSTAND”, FEATURING BUNNY GIBSON, KENNY ROSSI, ARLENE SULLIVAN, BOB CLAYTON, JUSTINE CARELLI, GREGORY AND LAWRENCE ZARIAN WHICH INCLUDES A VIDEO OF THE ORIGINAL BANDSTAND DANCERS AS THEY THEY ARE TODAY!

Dick Clark said that the most frequently asked question was “Whatever happened to.the American Bandstand regulars”.  Dick said he wished he had a nickel for every time he was asked that question throughout the years.

Dick was like a father figure to all of us.  American Bandstand became our home.  It was more of a home for some of us than our own homes.  There was a life force that I felt the first time i entered the two green doors of “Studio B” at 46th & Market Streets in Philadelphia.  it was magical and I felt it was home for me.  For the first time, I felt like I belonged.
 
My life was forever changed that day when I was thirteen and decided toplay hooky from school and find my way to American Bandstand.  That first day on the show, I was so excited and nervous, I just sat in the bleachers watching Dick Clark and the regulars I saw dancing on television from my home in Darby, Pennsylvania:  I was in awe seeing, in person, Dick, Arlene & Kenny, Carol Scaldeferri, Frani Giordana, the Beltrante sisters, Eddie Kelly, Johnny Alamia, Steve Colarnero and all the other famous dancers!
 
When Eddie Kelly’s partner, Mary Ann Cuff, didn’t show up one day, Eddie asked me to dance.  I was thrilled and all the practicing with my bannister and refrigerator door paid off as we jitterbugged well together. We were both tall so we had a good fit.
I became a “Regular”.  It was official when I received my first fan letter.  It was the first of many and soon I would see myself in teen magazines listed in “Popularity Polls” along with Elvis and the other great rock ‘n’ roll artists of the day.  Magazine articles were written for me like “Social Butterflies are for the Birds” in “16″ Magazine and it was always a surprise to see what article I wrote but didn’t write!

But the biggest surprise AB gave me was the day Don Travarelli saw me dancing on the show.  He fell in love with me watching me dance and set out to come to the show after he practiced his dancing with his niece, Robin.  Don was twenty years old and never managed to get into the show because the age requirements were 14 to 18, but he did find a way to meet me and the rest is history!  

Dick Clark and American Bandstand played “Cupid” in my life and Don and I were married.  I was sixteen at the time and had my Mom’s permission to marry just as long as I finished high school, which I did.

Don and I had two daughters, Angel and Maria, and now four grandchildren: Lea, Chirstopher, Alexis & Nicole.  I am glad Don watched AB and not another channel!

Dancing on Bandstand has come full circle for me as I became an actress and dancer eventually moving to Los Angeles.  I felt blessed to be on “Glee”, “How I Met your Mother”, “The Back-up Plan” and “CSI – Las Vegas” as a dancer.  I was more excited than anyone on the set remembering my teenage years dancing on Bandstand. 

Recently, being on “Dancing with the Stars” was another special moment going full circle from being on the #1 dance show as a teenager in Philly to the #1 dance show in 2012.  DWTS gave a special Tribute to Dick Clark and we were honored to be a part of that Tribute. Carrie Ann Inaba became an “Honorary Bandstand Club” member that day and she said “If it wasn’t for us, there wouldn’t be a “Dancing with the Stars”.  Now that is quite an honor- thank you Dick! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uPRzpRNjWos

As an actress, I have many credits on television and film.  My recent films are “Lola’s Love Shack” and “The Killing of Leonard Riley” and just recently shot a “Goya” commercial in Puerto Rico. And, for charity, I’ve hosted the American Heart Associations’s “Heart Ball”,  ”America on Wheels” Museum Gala and many other events. My next Rock ‘n’ Roll event, created by Frank Cona, will be for the Veterans in Detroit and will feature the Edsels, Mitch Rider, “The Reflections”, plus Jay and The Americans.

One of the best “full circle” moments in my life is when i hold “Dance Contests” for foster children through “Day of the Child”.  Each year, I have the pleasure of seeing one thousand foster children come to the event, (some of them not feeling good about themselves) and leaving the event feeling the “joy of dancing” and the “joy of how special they are inside”.  At the end of the day, nobody wants to stop dancing!  Each child is a “Winner” in my contest.  All they have to do is “shake their booty” and they get a “prize”.  I raise these prizes throughout the year and welcome all support for “prizes” and being a “mentor” for these precious foster children.

Looking back when I first came out to California in the “80′s”, I went to see Dick at DC Productions. When he saw me walk through the door, he didn’t say “hello”.  Dick said “I knew I’d see you again”.  I think when Dick saw my smiling face dancing in 1959 and he saw that smile continue as I danced to 1961, he knew I would be back in front of the cameras.  He could see my dancing joy and happiness – which has lasted a lifetime.

Thank you Dick.  Thank you American Bandstand.  There is a life “Beyond Bandstand” but the experience of dancing on American Bandstand has lasted a lifetime. 
 
(For some fun memories, visit my website:  www.BunnyGibson.com)  and you can write me atBunny@BunnyGibson.com
 
Thank you Artie Wayne for helping me to share my memories of Dick Clark, American Bandstand and the impact it has had on my life!
to reach Bobbi Cowan http://bobbicowan.com 

Arlene Sullivan and Kenny Rossi danced together on American Bandstand for a little more than a year. At the height of their popularity, they received as many as 500 letters a day. Arelene, whose mother was a devoted fan, claims she danced on the show “to get my mother’s attention.” Within three months, Arlene was a regular appearing five days a week. “I was always surprised,” she says,” that people wanted my autograph. I danced on a TV show; nothing I did was different than kids were doing in their basements. But maybe that’s why we were so popular. We were them, and they were us.”

 Justine Carelli and Bob Clayton were the dream couple of the show, the star struck lovers. Justine started dancing on Bandstand in 1956, when she was still in junior high school. She spent almost an hour, five days a week, on the fifteen-mile bus ride from her  school to the WFIL studios just to dance. Meanwhile, in Wilmington, Delaware, a young high school school student, Bob Clayton, was watching the show and falling in love with Justine. He made his way to the show in 1957 and asked Justine to dance. Letters poured  in, and Justine and Bob became the most popular and best known couple on the show. The couple was on magazine covers, in newspaper articles, and appeared at scores of dances and shows.

American Bandstand was an amazing time for us.  I was on the show 1st and then invited my twin brother Lawrence to join me and for the following years, ( 1981-1987 ) we were known by Dick Clark and the rest of the gang as  “The Twins”  on AB.  Even when Dick went on to host ” The Other Half ” he would say, here are ” The Twins “.

With our dance partners, we were introduced to music legends.  To see them get their start on AB was incredible.  To be part of the Jackson 5 reunion Tour ” Triumph  ”  to Sheena Easton, Adam and the Ants, just to name a few was a dream come true. We were introduced to the entertainment industry by dancing on a show that people across the country watched every Saturday.  We were local celebrities and it was the best of times.  

Dick Clark, was always, kind and interested in what was going on with his ” Twins ”  We learned from being on the show for those years, what it was like to be part of a TV family.  We have taken all that we learned into our careers today.  For the past 15 years, Lawrence has been known as TV’s The Fashion Guy.  He coined the phrase, ” Dress up or Dress Down ” into an industry  Go to saying….  From Red Carpets to every award show in town, from Sandra Bullock-his dear friend, to Meryl Streep, He has talked the talk and walked the walk with the biggest and brightest in the business.  He can be seen on Entertainment Tonight, weekly and was on ” Live with Regis and Kelly ” now, ” Live with Kelly ” as their go to Fashion-Guy, make over guru.

Since my  days on American Bandstand I have  modeled all over the United States and Internationally. I became a successful actor, commercially  ( over 100 spots) and I have  guest starred in tv and film: HBO’s Entourage, CBS’s The Mentalist, ABC’s General Hospital, to name a few  to feature films, most notably, the award winning www.ReconciliationMovie.com. I am  also a motivational speaker that carries into the Lifestyle show I host  Healthline. Together we work constantly. From Guest starring roles on FX’s Nip Tuck to hosting the weekly live talk show, ” The Zarian Forum ”   

We are grateful for the life changing experiences we learned from our years on American Bandstand.  We will forever be grateful for the time we spent with our Friend, Dick Clark.  Our hats off to you and as you did after every show, we are saluting you back, Sir…a true pioneer, a true legend.

www.LawrenceZarian.com       www.GregoryZarian.com

NOW HERE IS A CBS NEWS FEATURE THAT SHOWS BOB AND JUSTINE, KENNY AND ARLENE AS THEY ARE TODAY!  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g6ixZwnjsUw 

HERE IS MY TRIBUTE TO DICK CLARK THAT’S BEEN CALLED “THE BEST ON THE INTERNET” https://artiewayne.wordpress.com/2012/04/19/dick-clark-r-i-p-rock-in-perpetuity/

SPECIAL THANKS TO BOBBI COWAN   http://bobbicowan.comBUNNY GIBSON http://bunnygibson.com, and  HISTORY OF ROCK.COM  http://www.history-of-rock.com/american_bandstand_pictures http.htm for helping with this article.

Before 26 Grammys, an Emmy, 7 Oscar nominations, and becoming one of the most successful record producers of all time (“Thriller”, “We Are The World”), before producing hit TV shows, (“Jenny Jones”, “Mad TV”, “Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air”) and films (“The Color Purple”, “Listen Up”), Quincy was first and foremost a musician of the highest order!

“People have called me a jazz musician, but that’s ludicrous. I have yet to figure out what a jazz musician is.”

Q was the first high level black executive to work for a major record label  in the 60′s, when he was producing Leslie Gore (“It’s My Party”, “You Don’t Own Me”) for Mercury records. Although Kelli Ross and I ran his publishing companies, in New York for years, I didn’t really get to know him until I moved to California and worked for Warner Brothers music. in 1972 he wanted to concentrate on writing and scoring more films.

He had already done, “In Cold Blood”, “Bob, Carol, Ted and Alice”, “Cactus Flower”, “The Getaway”and “Cotton Comes To Harlem”, a highly successful “Blaxpoitation” film. In his eagerness to take Hollywood by storm, he had over committed himself and promised his friend, Sam Goldwyn, Jr. to do the music for “Come Back Charleston Blue”, the follow up to “Cotton”, although he was weeks behind in scoring another film.

The usually cool “Mr. Jones”, was in a panic and needed a Black composer fast, or risk facing an embarrassing situation. He called me and asked if I’d do personal favor for him and help him out of a jam. The first person he wanted me to approach was one of our Warner Brothers writers and Atlantic artist, Donny Hathaway, who was riding high with his first album and singles, “The Ghetto” and “Where Is The Love” (with Roberta Flack). I remember Donny, in his Kongol Cap and me in my “Superfly” hat, “bopping” into a screening of the film and leaving with an enthusiastic commitment from Donny, which got Quincy off the hook!

Q said that he would let me have his screen credit as musical consultant if I could continue to help to put the soundtrack together. Needless to say I jumped at the chance! Although I just learned how to drive, knowing that Quincy didn’t drive at all, I volunteered to take us wherever we had to go over the next hectic month. Although he seemed nervous and at times held onto the dashboard for dear life, he never said anything about my driving! He did, however, introduce me to some of the most important men in Hollywood, and gave me a tip on how to deal effectively with them.

“Use “fuck” in your conversation every once in a while to get their attention!”

While driving around he also clued me in on what I could expect from life itself! We were both between wives, and hung out with football Hall of Famer, Jim Brown, and “Hair” director Michael Butler, who always had a party going on. We also were warmly welcomed at “The Candy Store”, “The Factory” and the Polo Lounge at the Beverly Hills hotel, where he introduced me to some of the most incredible women in the world! I remember one actress in particular, who was as emotionally disturbed as she was beautiful. On one of our drives I told him I was falling in love with her, he just shook his head and said,

“She can be saved…but do you want to be her savior?” A question I’ve asked of myself on several occasions, concerning other complex relationships I’ve had since then.

He also showed me how to deal in social situations with the”Soul Handshake”, which can be a very elaborate and varied ritual. Q had a simple way of handling it. He’d grab the shaker’s hand with both of his hands and hold them until the “shaker’s”urge went away. A method I’ve continue to use to this day.

On long drives I took the opportunity to pop in an 8 track and play a song or two I was promoting. This usually led to a discussion about music. I tried to interest him in covering a couple of songs by Sly and The Family Stone, which he passed on, saying he liked their tracks but the songs weren’t melodic enough for him. He laughed and said,

“I like my music, like my women…pretty on the top and funky on the bottom!”

When I complained about the quality of the 1972 state of pop music, Q said,

“The Pop market always comes back to classically influenced music…when a genre goes as far as it can go, that’s the only place where it can go.”

35 years later, his words still ring true. Today, Rap, Hip-Hop and Pop artists are incorporating more and more long passages of classically influenced music into their recordings, including Alicia Keys, Lady Gaga, Kanye West, Ne-Yo, Michael Buble’ , John Legend, and Rihanna.

Even though I haven’t seen Q in years, I remember the time that we spent together as one of the highlights of my life! I read something recently he said to his critics that inspires me whenever I get low on self esteem.

“Not one drop of my self-worth depends on your acceptance of me”

Official Quincy Jones website http://www.myspace.com/quincyjones

Copyright 2011 by Artie Wayne https://artiewayne.wordpress.com/about-artie-wayne/

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HERE IS PART TWO OF “ROCK AND ROLL AND RACISM” BY ME AND HUNTER GEORGE https://www.facebook.com/hhuntergeorge

“Sometimes a missed opportunity can make a deeper impact on the soul than an opportunity that’s been taken”.

In the early 60′s while I was trying to become a Rock and Roll Star, Martin Luther King, Jr. was going to jail on a regular basis for leading peaceful Civil Rights demonstrations in the deep south against segregation.

I’ve never admitted it before, but I was one of those “Negroes” who thought that King’s actions would hurt those of us who were trying to assimilate into a “White Society”. I remember on one of his trips to the north, to raise money for the movement, he came to Thessalonia Baptist Church in the Bronx, where I was a member.

I was 19, and still living at home with my Mother and Grandmother (who I called Gooma), and “Gooma” insisted that I go to a special Sunday afernoon service where Dr. King was speaking. When I said, “What do I want to see that troublemaker for?”

Gooma snapped back, “Jesus was a troublemaker!…but wouldn’t you have liked to have seen him if you had the chance?” There was nothing I could say…so I agreed to go as long as I could leave before he spoke, so I could make it down to Greenwich Village to meet my Beatnik friends at the Cafe Figaro. Starting that afternoon, when my downtown pals couldn’t stop talking about Rev. King and how I missed a chance to not only hear him speak, but to possibly meet him, I started to look at him…and myself differently.

As the months passed, I learned more about the great man and started to develop a social conscience. Through the years I’ve seen his influence not only affect our people, but all people…all over the world! Even though I didn’t actually meet him, I’m grateful to have seen him and breathed the same air that he did…if only for a few moments!”

January 15, has always been a special day since it’s Gooma’s birthday as well as Martin Luther Kings’. God bless You doctor King and thank you Gooma, without each of you I would be a lesser person than I am today!

“When the sit-ins started, the black community was on the move marching peacefully, but when they tried to block entrances they were hauled off to jail. Lunch counters were closed but things were pretty quiet except for the white folk. I knew a lot of the Raleigh Police Force and they let me have the run of the main street with my camera and kept whites on the opposite side, away from the demonstrators. 

 I did not want things to change, and yet I knew something was terribly wrong and things had to change. I got into a “discussion” with an older well off white man, who told me and others that “he wasn’t going to eat with no damn niggers.” I said whats the difference. Mary, your Maid, who catches the bus every day to come clean your house, look after and feed your kids, cook supper for you, the Mrs. and the kids before she goes home at night hasn’t killed you yet. The man said nothing. Maybe at that point we both began to look at things differently.

There was a hamburger place downtown called Scotties. One day four blacks and two whites came into the place to sit-in. Scottie took their orders and brought the four blacks their food, then came around the counter and got the two white guys by the scruff of the neck and threw them out the door, saying “the law says I have to serve these people, but I don’t have to serve you.”

I worked in the black section of Raleigh, NC selling insurance in the early 60s. One day I went in to a black restaurant at the height of the sit-ins and asked the guy if he served white people. He said “yeah, I guess I have to.” Everyone, who had gotten quiet when I walked in, broke out in laughter. I can’t sing, so I had to get em with humor.

 When Dr. King was killed in 1968, I cried. That should never have happened. As the years have gone by, and I have grown in character, I have grown to admire Dr. King even more. Any black man who would face a mob of angry whites in the south had guts and was truly a Man.”

TO READ PART ONE OF “ROCK, ROLL, AND RACISM” THAT HUNTER GEORGE AND I WROTE, CLICK ONTO https://artiewayne.wordpress.com/2012/05/16/everything-old-is-news-again-5-rock-roll-racism-part-two-american-bandstand-dancers/ 

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HAVING BEEN NEARLY MANAGED BY DISC JOCKEY ALAN FREED, AND HAVING RECORDED FOR A LABEL THAT DICK CLARK ONCE HAD A FINANCIAL INTEREST IN, I WAS CURIOUS ABOUT THE DVD THAT EVERYBODY IS TALKING ABOUT!… “AIRPLAY:THE RISE AND FALL OF ROCK RADIO” AND THE BIG PAYOLA SCANDAL!

BELIEVE ME…I WASN’T DISAPPOINTED! HERE’S THE TRAILER. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bbu9zI5yuR0

Some of you asked how, after my recent “so long” due to my old computer giving out, I’m able to continue working on a borrowed laptop.  I’m happy to say that within hours there were several offers to replace my old computer, as a gift!  I find this rather overwhelming, and also an example of the compassion and generosity of my readers and FACEBOOK FRIENDS. To those who offered, or even sent a positive thought my way, I just wanted to say a heartfelt THANKS, while waiting for my desktop computer to arrive.

Menlo Park, Calif.

( Zef Nikolla / Facebook / May 18, 2012 )

Mark Zuckerberg, chief executive officer of Facebook Inc., center, Sheryl Sandberg, chief operating officer of Facebook, center left, and Robert Greifeld, chief executive officer of Nasdaq OMX Group Inc., center right, remotely ring the opening bell for trading at the Nasdaq MarketSite from the Facebook campus in Menlo Park, Calif. Facebook Inc. began trading Friday after a record initial public offering that made the social network more valuable than almost every company in the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index.
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Walter Hamilton, Jessica Guynn and Tiffany Hsu, of the mark zuckerberg, Los Angeles Times report
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There wasn’t much to like about Facebook’s first day as a public company.The social media giant’s stock rose by mere pennies in its initial public offering. The shares closed at $38.23, barely above the $38 IPO price.The performance fell far short of the grandiose expectations of Wall Street and Silicon Valley, and raised questions about whether the company’s stock will be the sure bet many had counted on.“There was all this pressure and hype and attention with all eyes on Facebook — and the starlet tripped on the red carpet,” said Max Wolff, an analyst at GreenCrest Capital Management in New York.

What went wrong? Analysts point to a variety of factors that might have given investors pause. Its valuation at about 100 times earnings likely struck some as too high. Its growth in new users is slowing. And Facebook has not yet found a way to cash in on mobile devices, where social media is gravitating.

This week’s decision by General Motors Co. to stop advertising on Facebook because it wasn’t getting results heightened concerns about how Facebook can profit from its 900 million users.

But perhaps the biggest blunders came in recent days as the company and its largest shareholders moved to maximize their profits at the expense of new investors.

On Monday, Facebook raised the stock’s projected price to a range of $34 to $38 from the initial $28 to $35, and priced it at the peak of $38 on Thursday. That made Facebook far more expensive than established competitors such as Apple Inc. and Google Inc. based on the companies’ earnings.

On Wednesday, the company announced that longtime investors led by Goldman Sachs planned to sell big chunks of their holdings in the IPO. That struck some investors as greedy and a sign that Wall Street insiders were getting out while they could.

“There was a lot of smart money dumping it,” said Barry Ritholtz, chief executive of research firm Fusion IQ.

That added to fears among professionals and individuals who were burned by the late-1990s dot-com boom and subsequent stock-market crash. For the complete story click onto http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-facebook-ipo-20120519,0,6863952.story

I SUPPOSE I WAS NAÏVE IN WANTING TO THANK MARK ZUCKERBERG FOR CREATING FACEBOOK THINKING HE AND HIS UBER ELITIST ORGANIZATION MIGHT ACTUALLY APPRECIATE THE GESTURE.

SO I COLLECTED STORIES FROM ABOUT 100 FRIENDS OF MINE, WHO ALSO BENEFITED FROM THE SOCIAL NETWORK INCLUDING; ARTIE KORNFELD “THE FATHER OF WOODSTOCK”, SCOTT SHANNON (TRUE OLDIES CHANNEL), DAWN LEE WAKEFIELD “(NATIONAL EXAMINER), RUSS REGAN (FORMER CEO UNI RECORDS AND 20TH CENTURY RECORDS), ALAN O’DAY (“UNDERCOVER ANGEL”), DON ORIOLLO (FELIX THE CAT), ART MUNSON (MUSIC LIBRARY REPORT), STEPHEN-CRAIG AREISTI (FILM MUSIC SUPERVISOR), JOEL DIAMOND (PRODUCER).

TO READ ALL THE COMMENTS CLICK ONTO https://artiewayne.wordpress.com/2011/06/17/facebook-friends-appreciation-day/#comments

IN ALMOST A YEAR, SINCE I POSTED THE ARTICLE, I’VE TRIED TO GET IT TO MARK AND HIS FACEBOOK PALS UNFORTUNATELY WITHOUT ANY SUCCESS.

AFTER I POSTED MY TRIBUTE TO DICK CLARK (WHICH HAS BEEN CALLED “THE BEST ON THE INTERNET”), MY LONGTIME FRIEND AND PUBLICIST BOBBI COWAN PUT ME IN TOUCH WITH BUNNY GIBSON, ONE OF THE ORIGINAL “AMERICAN BANDSTAND DANCERS…

May 19, 2012

Dick Clark said that the most frequently asked question was “Whatever happened to.the American Bandstand regulars)”.  Dick said he wished he had a nickel for every time he was asked that question throughout the years.

Dick was like a father figure to all of us.  American Bandstand became our home.  It was more of a home for some of us than our own homes.  There was a life force that I felt the first time i entered the two green doors of “Studio B” at 46th & Market Streets in Philadelphia.  it was magical and I felt it was home for me.  For the first time, I felt like I belonged.
 
My life was forever changed that day when I was thirteen and decided toplay hooky from school and find my way to American Bandstand.  That first day on the show, I was so excited and nervous, I just sat in the bleachers watching Dick Clark and the regulars I saw dancing on television from my home in Darby, Pennsylvania:  I was in awe seeing, in person, Dick, Arlene & Kenny, Carol Scaldeferri, Frani Giordana, the Beltrante sisters, Eddie Kelly, Johnny Alamia, Steve Colarnero and all the other famous dancers!
 
When Eddie Kelly’s partner, Mary Ann Cuff, didn’t show up one day, Eddie asked me to dance.  I was thrilled and all the practicing with my bannister and refrigerator door paid off as we jitterbugged well together. We were both tall so we had a good fit.
I became a “Regular”.  It was official when I received my first fan letter.  It was the first of many and soon I would see myself in teen magazines listed in “Popularity Polls” along with Elvis and the other great rock ‘n’ roll artists of the day.  Magazine articles were written for me like “Social Butterflies are for the Birds” in “16″ Magazine and it was always a surprise to see what article I wrote but didn’t write!

But the biggest surprise AB gave me was the day Don Travarelli saw me dancing on the show.  He fell in love with me watching me dance and set out to come to the show after he practiced his dancing with his niece, Robin.  Don was twenty years old and never managed to get into the show because the age requirements were 14 to 18, but he did find a way to meet me and the rest is history!  

Dick Clark and American Bandstand played “Cupid” in my life and Don and I were married.  I was sixteen at the time and had my Mom’s permission to marry just as long as I finished high school, which I did.

Don and I had two daughters, Angel and Maria, and now four grandchildren: Lea, Chirstopher, Alexis & Nicole.  I am glad Don watched AB and not another channel!

Dancing on Bandstand has come full circle for me as I became an actress and dancer eventually moving to Los Angeles.  I felt blessed to be on “Glee”, “How I Met your Mother”, “The Back-up Plan” and “CSI – Las Vegas” as a dancer.  I was more excited than anyone on the set remembering my teenage years dancing on Bandstand. 

Recently, being on “Dancing with the Stars” was another special moment going full circle from being on the #1 dance show as a teenager in Philly to the #1 dance show in 2012.  DWTS gave a special Tribute to Dick Clark and we were honored to be a part of that Tribute. Carrie Ann Inaba became an “Honorary Bandstand Club” member that day and she said “If it wasn’t for us, there wouldn’t be a “Dancing with the Stars”.  Now that is quite an honor- thank you Dick! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uPRzpRNjWos

As an actress, I have many credits on television and film.  My recent films are “Lola’s Love Shack” and “The Killing of Leonard Riley” and just recently shot a “Goya” commercial in Puerto Rico. And, for charity, I’ve hosted the American Heart Associations’s “Heart Ball”,  ”America on Wheels” Museum Gala and many other events. My next Rock ‘n’ Roll event, created by Frank Cona, will be for the Veterans in Detroit and will feature the Edsel, Mitch Rider and “The Reflections”.

One of the best “full circle” moments in my life is when i hold “Dance Contests” for foster children through “Day of the Child”.  Each year, I have the pleasure of seeing one thousand foster children come to the event, (some of them not feeling good about themselves) and leaving the event feeling the “joy of dancing” and the “joy of how special they are inside”.  At the end of the day, nobody wants to stop dancing!  Each child is a “Winner” in my contest.  All they have to do is “shake their booty” and they get a “prize”.  I raise these prizes throughout the year and welcome all support for “prizes” and being a “mentor” for these precious foster children.

Looking back when I first came out to California in the “80′s”, I went to see Dick at DC Productions. When he saw me walk through the door, he didn’t say “hello”.  Dick said “I knew I’d see you again”.  I think when Dick saw my smiling face dancing in 1959 and he saw that smile continue as I danced to 1961, he knew I would be back in front of the cameras.  He could see my dancing joy and happiness – which has lasted a lifetime.

Thank you Dick.  Thank you American Bandstand.  There is a life “Beyond Bandstand”, but the experience of dancing on American Bandstand has lasted a lifetime. 
 
(For some fun memories, visit my website:   www.BunnyGibson.com)  and you can write me at Bunny@BunnyGibson.com
 
Thank you Artie Wayne for helping me to share my memories of Dick Clark, American Bandstand and the impact it has had on my life!
YOU CAN SEE BUNNY GIBSON AND THE AMERICAN BANDSTAND DANCERS THIS SUNDAY AT THE GREEK THEATER MAY 20 FOR THE K-EARTH 101 MUSIC FESTIVAL AIDS BENEFIT STARRING K.C. AND THE SUNSHINE BAND.
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For 30 years I believed Elvis Presley said, “ALL COLORED PEOPLE CAN DO FOR ME IS SHINE MY SHOES AND BUY MY RECORDS”, until my friend Scott Shannon (True Oldies Channel) set me straight!  https://artiewayne.wordpress.com/2012/05/16/everything-old-is-news-again-5-rock-roll-racism-part-two-american-bandstand-dancers/
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TRANSITIONS…DONNA SUMMER R.I.P. ROCK IN PERPETUITY !

May 17, 2012

I was shocked and saddened to hear that Donna Summer passed away this morning. We were label mates on CASABLANCA RECORDS, and I had the privilege of watching her become the QUEEN OF DISCO, while doing my own album for Neil Bogart.

The first time I met Donna, it was at a press party at a small club on Wilshire in LA where she mesmerized the crowd with, “LOVE TO LOVE YOU BABY”.

I remember taking singer/songwriter Patti Dahlstrom and producer Lou Reizner with me to the event. Patti reminded me Neil brought Donna over to meet us while she was singing “Love to Love you Baby”, which was on a tape loop that played over and over. I said “Don’t they have any other songs by her?” and you laughed and said “Well, it’s the single and Neil is a helluva promotion man. When everyone walks out they will be singing it” and we were!  Soon everyone was singing it!

I was also fortunate to be an extra at the filming of “THANK GOD IT’S FRIDAY” at OSKOs in Hollywood, when she sang the Academy Award winning song “LAST DANCE”

The world looks back and mourns an artist who was more than a singer, but someone who represents an entire era of music unlike anyone else, but I remember her as one of the nicest ladies i’ve ever known in the business.

 Donna Summer R.I.P. ROCK IN PERPETUITY!

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

Mac Arthur Park (Live in Holland)

On The Radio (Live)

Last Dance

Hot Stuff

 Bad Girls  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CbGKeyCywTY&feature=fvst                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              



Donna Summer, internationally loved singer, songwriter loses battle with cancer

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 Classic Rock Music Examiner

 Donna Summer, one of the most unique, powerful vocalists of the 70s, has passed away today, as posted by TMZ within the last hour. Born LaDonna Adrian Gaines on the last day of 1948, Donna Summer was both singer and songwriter, as well as holder of the title, “Queen of Disco” through these past three decades. Billboard magazine carried a Donna Summer Top 40 hit song on their Top 100 charts consecutively from 1976 to 1984.

Nominated for 17 Grammy Awards in 20 years’ time, Summer received five Grammys in three categories: Best R&B vocal performance (“Last Dance,” 1979 and “Hot Stuff,” 1980), Best inspirational performance (“He’s a Rebel” and “Forgive Me” and Best dance recording (“Carry On).

Summer’s musical range was extensive, as was her taste in choice of songs. Her version of “MacArthur Park,” the Jimmy Webb composition (written for The Association, who turned it down, in the annals of big mistakes and bad decisions) was her first Number 1 U.S. chart hit. The song, of course, first went to Number 2 on the charts in 1968 as recorded byRichard Harris.

Although the disco world knew Summer best for hits such as “Love to Love You Baby,” “On the Radio,” “She Works Hard for the Money,” “Dim All the Lights,” “Heaven Knows,” and “Bad Girls,” she was equally accepted as a gospel singer, as in her 1982 Grammy nomination for “I Believe in Jesus.” Summer has credited producer Michael Omartian with her renewed commitment to her faith roots, and helping her to become born again. Omartian is well known as a Grammy-winning producer of Christopher Cross’ multi-Platinum self-titled album), himself a Christian songwriter, producer and recording artist.

FOR THE COMPLETE ARTICLE BY DAWN LEE WAKEFIELD OF THE NATIONAL EXAMINER  http://www.examiner.com/article/donna-summer-internationally-loved-singer-songwriter-lost-battle-with-cancer?cid=db_articles

JUST AS I WAS ABOUT TO POST THIS, MY FRIEND RUSS REGAN (FORMER CEO OF UNI AND 20TH CENTURY RECORDS) ASKED ME TO INCLUDE  A NEW ARTIST HE’S WORKING WITH JOSH TATUM. WILL HE BE THE NEXT IN THE LONG LINE OF HIT ARTISTS HE DISCOVERED INCLUDING ELTON JOHN AND BARRY WHITE?  http://www.netmusicpromotions.com/opk/joshtatum/

Congratulations to Patti and Richard Kimball on their daughter KITTY being chosen the ROCK & ROLL PUPPY OF THE WEEK!
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CONGRATULATIONS TO BODEMEISTER FOR WINNING THE PREAKNESS…GOOD LUCK ON # THREE!
SPECIAL THANKS TO BOBBI COWAN http://bobbicowan.com, DAWN LEE WAKEFIELD  http://dawnleewakefield.com, SCOTT SHANNON http://scottshannon.com, BUNNY GIBSON http://bunny gibson.com, HUNTER GEORGE https://www.facebook.com/hhuntergeorge, PATTI DAHLSTROM http://pattidahlstrom.com, and ALAN O’DAY http://alanoday.com for helping to put this issue of EVERYTHING OLD IS “NEWS”AGAIN together.

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Dick Clark said that the most frequently asked question was “Whatever happened to.the American Bandstand regulars)”.  said he wished he had a nickel for every time he was asked that question throughout the years.
“Dick was like a father figure to all of us.  American Bandstand became our home.  It w
as more of a home for some of us than our own homes.  There was a life force that I felt the first time i entered the two green doors of “Studio B” at 46th & Market Streets in Philadelphia.  it was magical and I felt it was home for me.  For the first time, I felt like I belonged.
 
My life was forever changed that day when I was thirteen and decided toplay hooky from school and find my way to American Bandstand.  That first day on the show, I was so excited and nervous, I just sat in the bleachers watching Dick Clark and the regulars I saw dancing on television from my home in Darby, Pennsylvania:  I was in awe seeing, in person, Dick, Arlene & Kenny, Carol Scaldeferri, Frani Giordana, the Beltrante sisters, Eddie Kelly, Johnny Alamia, Steve Colarnero and all the other famous dancers!
 
When Eddie Kelly’s partner, Mary Ann Cuff, didn’t show up one day, Eddie asked me to dance.  I was thrilled and all the practicing with my bannister and refrigerator door paid off as we jitterbugged well together. We were both tall so we had a good fit.
I became a “Regular”.  It was official when I received my first fan letter.  It was the first of many and soon I would see myself in teen magazines listed in “Popularity Polls” along with Elvis and the other great rock ‘n’ roll artists of the day.  Magazine articles were written for me like “Social Butterflies are for the Birds” in “16” Magazine and it was always a surprise to see what article I wrote but didn’t write!

But the biggest surprise AB gave me was the day Don Travarelli saw me dancing on the show.  He fell in love with me watching me dance and set out to come to the show after he practiced his dancing with his niece, Robin.  Don was twenty years old and never managed to get into the show because the age requirements were 14 to 18, but he did find a way to meet me and the rest is history!  

Dick Clark and American Bandstand played “Cupid” in my life and Don and I were married.  I was sixteen at the time and had my Mom’s permission to marry just as long as I finished high school, which I did.

Don and I had two daughters, Angel and Maria, and now four grandchildren: Lea, Chirstopher, Alexis & Nicole.  I am glad Don watched AB and not another channel!

Dancing on Bandstand has come full circle for me as I became an actress and dancer eventually moving to Los Angeles.  I felt blessed to be on “Glee”, “How I Met your Mother”, “The Back-up Plan” and “CSI – Las Vegas” as a dancer.  I was more excited than anyone on the set remembering my teenage years dancing on Bandstand. 

Recently, being on “Dancing with the Stars” was another special moment going full circle from being on the #1 dance show as a teenager in Philly to the #1 dance show in 2012.  DWTS gave a special Tribute to Dick Clark and we were honored to be a part of that Tribute. Carrie Ann Inaba became an “Honorary Bandstand Club” member that day and she said “If it wasn’t for us, there wouldn’t be a “Dancing with the Stars”.  Now that is quite an honor- thank you Dick! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uPRzpRNjWos

As an actress, I have many credits on television and film.  My recent films are “Lola’s Love Shack” and “The Killing of Leonard Riley” and just recently shot a “Goya” commercial in Puerto Rico. And, for charity, I’ve hosted the American Heart Associations’s “Heart Ball”,  “America on Wheels” Museum Gala and many other events. My next Rock ‘n’ Roll event, created by Frank Cona, will be for the Veterans in Detroit and will feature the Edsels, Mitch Rider, “The Reflections”, plus Jay and The Americans.

One of the best “full circle” moments in my life is when i hold “Dance Contests” for foster children through “Day of the Child”.  Each year, I have the pleasure of seeing one thousand foster children come to the event, (some of them not feeling good about themselves) and leaving the event feeling the “joy of dancing” and the “joy of how special they are inside”.  At the end of the day, nobody wants to stop dancing!  Each child is a “Winner” in my contest.  All they have to do is “shake their booty” and they get a “prize”.  I raise these prizes throughout the year and welcome all support for “prizes” and being a “mentor” for these precious foster children.

Looking back when I first came out to California in the “80’s”, I went to see Dick at DC Productions. When he saw me walk through the door, he didn’t say “hello”.  Dick said “I knew I’d see you again”.  I think when Dick saw my smiling face dancing in 1959 and he saw that smile continue as I danced to 1961, he knew I would be back in front of the cameras.  He could see my dancing joy and happiness – which has lasted a lifetime.

Thank you Dick.  Thank you American Bandstand.  There is a “Beyond Bandstand” but the experience of dancing on American Bandstand has lasted a lifetime. 
 
(For some fun memories, visit my website:   www.BunnyGibson.com)  and you can write me at Bunny@BunnyGibson.com
 
Thank you Artie Wayne for helping me to share my memories of Dick Clark, American Bandstand and the impact it has had on my life!”
to reach Bobbi Cowan http://bobbicowan.com 

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I was born in New York City on January 22, 1942 and named Wayne Douglas Kent. I’m half-black and half-Jewish, which gives me the inalienable right to use “Oy” and “Yo” in the same sentence. I’m an only child, raised by my single working African-American mother and grandmother in theEast Bronxduring the 1950′s. I never knew or even met my father. I unconsciously seek male role models on TV and in the movies, but no one can live up to Roy Rogers!

I live on 164th Streetright off Boston Road. My family is one of the first black families on the block. My first experience with racism happens when I’m five years old. I’m with my mother at the Bronx Zoo, which is about a mile away, feeding food pellets to the long-horned mountainsheep. An older white woman passing by stops, looks down at me, and says to my mother, “What a cute little piccaninny!” then walks off. I ask Mother,” What’s a piccaninny?” She replies, “It’s one of those bad words you should never call anybody. Now why don’t you feed the little fella over there?”

It’s funny how certain experiences we have as kids can leave a mark on us for the rest of our lives.

I was born in Raleigh, NC on July 19, 1940 and named Hunter George, after my GGGGG grandfather, Col. James Hunter, Jr. The first 26 years of my life I lived at 2106 Breeze Road in the Hayes Barton – Anderson Heights section, which was considered a middle class area, although I don’t think we had class distinctions then. We weren’t poor, but we weren’t rich. I have one brother, who is three years older than I. My father was a printer/proof reader for a large printing company. My mother was a housewife and proud of it. My father was 19 years older than mom, and died of heart trouble when I was nine.

In those days, blacks lived in the south and east sections of Raleigh. Those sections were known as “colored town.” The only blacks that were seen in our section were maids and yard workers. We had a maid named Doretha Harris, whom I loved dearly, because she spoiled me rotten. Sometimes she would bring her kids to play with my brother and I. I had know idea how blacks lived until I was grown and sold insurance in the black section.

There is one thing I remember very clearly. In the summertime, when the black garbage men would come by to pick up garbage, my mother would meet them and serve them ice water, and she did not use paper cups. She used our everyday glasses. That one thing taught me a lot about respect. To my best memory, we all got along peacefully until the 1960s.

HUNTER – WHEN WAS THE FIRST TIME YOU BECAME AWARE OF ROCK & ROLL?

ARTIE – The first time I “ROCKED” when i went with my aunt Wan to see “BLACKBOARD JUNGLE” in 1955 starring  Glenn Ford, Ann Francis, and Sidney Poitier. the minute that “ROCK AROUND THE CLOCK” started to play…the theater came alive with people singing, shouting, and dancing in their seats. 

HERE ARE BILL HALEY AND THE COMETS WITH “ROCK AROUND THE CLOCK”  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TRhYNLaziO8

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ARTIE – Tell me Hunter did you ever see Elvis in person?

HUNTER – I have been a Fan of Elvis from the start. I have nearly all of his original Sun recordings which started in 1954. I don’t remember when or how I first heard of him or his music. He was unknown outside of TN and the 3 or 4 surrounding states.

Elvis Presley’s first appearance in Raleigh, NC was on February 19, 1955. A Country Music (Hillbilly) show was booked into the Memorial Auditorium. The show had several stars and the headliner was Hank Snow. All of these singers were regulars on the Grand Old Opry in Nashville, TN. There was also a singer nobody had ever heard of, except for a few teenagers. His name was Elvis Presley. As the star of the show, Hank Snow was to go on last, but Hank learned early on that no one could follow Elvis. I was there. Elvis went on last, in the star spot because he tore that audience up. He was the talk of the town the next day because no one had ever seen or heard anything like him.

I don’t remember if his name appeared on posters advertising the show. Back in those days there were no video cameras, tape recorders were new, rare and expensive so I have no record of this appearance or the one in 1956.

On February 6, 1956 Elvis did 4 shows in one day at the Ambassador Theater in Raleigh. The Ambassador was an ornate grand old theater that had a stage from the old Vaudeville days. It was located in the first block of Fayetteville Street (the main drag), about a half a block from the State Capitol Building and square.

The day of the shows, lines started forming early. The line was over four blocks long for each show and I doubt if everyone got in. I went to the last show. I was 15 years old at the time and a bunch of NC State College students let me in at the head of the line with them. It was a madhouse but nobody argued with them.

I remember the show, with Elvis driving the girls to hysteria, cops across the foot of the stage getting battered by the girls and Bill Black riding that big old Bass like a horse. Even now I cannot find the words to describe the emotions of it. It was pure, raw Rock and Roll. It was new and it was ours….all ours!

He did all of his songs including his newest for RCA, Heartbreak Hotel. What a night. It is still imprinted in my memory. It’s funny, but i didn’t notice any black people in the audience.”

FOR THE NEXT 20 YEARS THERE WERE RUMORS THAT ELVIS WAS A RACIST

ARTIE -“On August 16, 1977, Elvis passes away at Graceland and the world mourns, but I feel guilty about crying over him. I was laughed at in my neighborhood, back in the Bronx, for liking and trying to emulate him. It angered the Black community that he allegedly said, “The only thing “Colored” people can do for me is shine my shoes and buy my records.” That afternoon my friend, DJ, Scott Shannon comes over to the house, and gives me a large picture book on Elvis and his life. I thank him with tears in my eyes and apologize for being so emotional. Then I tell him why I feel so badly. Then Scott says, “Artie, How could anybody who loved the blues, R&B and gospel music as much as Elvis did, ever say such a horrible thing. Isn’t listening to “In The Ghetto”, enough to convince you where his heart was really at?

Live 1970 performance  from Elvis…”In The Ghetto”http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Ox1Tore9nw

Elvis Presley and Racism : The Ultimate, Definitive Guide

By: Elvis Australia
Source: http://www.elvis.com.au
January 1, 2012 – 8:01:00 PM
Elvis ArticlesElvis Presley BiographyBy David Troedson

In 1957, a magazine printed a lie about Elvis, not the first one, not the last one, but one that has been often passed on through the years and at times artists of today like to throw out the slur when needing a headline, so there are those that believe Elvis was racist.  Yes, we know that the notion that Elvis was a racist is preposterous. It’s as stupid now as it was then, but here is our definitive response to this nonsense.When the ‘establishment’ accused Elvis Presley of being vulgar, of being deliberately sexual, they did not mean this. This was the cover for what was really meant, what was really feared, and that was that Elvis would lead to equal rights and racial integration. And not just Elvis any white person singing rock ‘n’ roll. Carl Perkins was warned to not do his show. Elvis was simply the number one guy and therefore got the most attention.Following his ‘Milton Berle’ show, Elvis was savaged by critics who described his leg-shaking, hip-swiveling performance as ‘noxious’ and his singing as ‘caterwauling’. Often the criticism had a racist edge, since Elvis was singing what was considered ‘black music’. One critic summed up his performance as ‘the kind of animalism that should be confined to dives and bordellos’. A Catholic weekly ran its criticism under the banner, ‘Beware of Elvis Presley’. Ilva Price, an African American now living in West Memphis, TN, recalled how her father, angry about rumours (later found by ‘Jet’ magazine to be fabricated), that Elvis had stolen ‘their’ music and was a racist, quickly turned off the radio when he noticed her daughter’s reaction to his voice, then called him a ‘cracker’, a racial epithet as disgusting as any other …

James Brown and Elvis Presley were good friends and admired each others talents. James authored two books, and one contains this quote about Elvis: ’I wasn’t just a fan, I was his brother. He said I was good and I said he was good; we never argued about that. Elvis was a hard worker, dedicated, and God loved him … I love him and hope to see him in heaven. There’ll never be another like that soul brother’.

James was was one of the celebrities who attended Elvis’ funeral. George Klein : ‘One of the first phone calls I remember receiving came from James Brown, who wanted to tell me how broken up he was over the news. He asked if he could come to the house during the private viewing’. ‘I checked with Priscilla to make sure it was all right, and late in the afternoon James came up to join us – the first of many major artists to pay their respect.

I remember being taken aback by how truly distraught James was … Then he sat motionless in the corner of the living room for a long while before joining the rest of the mourners in the den. In his autobiography, Brown wrote, ’His death hit me very hard. When he died, I said, ‘That’s my friend, I have to go’.

Shortly after Elvis died, James Brown recorded Love Me Tender as the b-side of his hit record The Spank. Brown did this touching spoken intro: ‘I want to talk about a good friend I had for a long time and a man I still love, Brother Elvis Presley. You know, if he were here right now, I’m sure he would say the same thing for me. I loved the man and he was truly the king of rock and roll. We’ve always had kind of a toss up. Elvis and I. The King of Rock And Roll and I’m the King of Soul. So I wanted to say this for the people, Elvis, and myself’.

B.B. King defends Elvis

In a Sepia article, B.B. King supported Elvis. ‘What most people don’t know’, stated King, ‘is that this boy is serious about what he’s doing. He’s carried away by it. When I was inMemphis with my band, he used to stand in the wings and watch us perform. As for fading away, rock and roll is here to stay and so, I believe, is Elvis. He’s been a shot in the arm to the business and all I can say is ‘that’s my man’.

TO READ THE COMPLETE ARTICLE FILLED WITH RARE PICTURES, AND PERSONAL REMEMBRANCES…CLICK ON TO http://www.elvis.com.au/presley/elvis_not_racist.shtml

WHEN I ASKED MY LONG TIME FRIEND AND PUBLICIST BOBBI COWAN IF SHE WANTED TO ADD ANYTHING TO MY DICK CLARK TRIBUTE AND SHE SENT ME THIS…

PHOTO L-R – FRANK SINATRA, BOBBI COWAN, AND STANLEY COWAN

When I was 16 years old, I was into teen fan magazines, and had a pile of them on my bed and night table in the hospital where I was recuperating  from a serious lung infection. I also had TV, and fell in love with “American Bandstand,”

I guess I became aware that this show was a phenomenon, when I saw the faces of those same kids in nearly every issue of those magazines in my hospital room. Their moves, clothes, and romances, Dick Clark and the joyous Rock n’ Roll music of “Bandstand”  became the  drug that healed me during my six weeks at Cedars.

In later years, I saw Dick Clark many times in the course of having my first PR office across Sunset Blvd. from his offices, shepherding many of the artists Beverly Noga and I represented, who appeared on “Bandstand”

Dick was always a gentleman, sweet and polite, one of the loveliest and nicest men in the business…somehow it seemed like he’d always be here.

Many years later, I met a delightful gal named Bunny Gibson, who was doing temp work in the PR office Warren Cowan had formed after the sale of Rogers & Cowan. Bunny had stayed in touch with many of her friends from the Philly “Bandstand”: days, and was a sort of “house  mother” to the group, helping organize reunions, keeping track of as many of her pals from those early days of “Bandstand” as she could manage…a task that became easier with the advent of computers and E-mail.

Today, Bunny is a working actress, doing character roles on a variety of TV shows, but always a  lifelong representative of those amazing days of “American Bandstand.”

Bobbi  Cowan http://bobbicowan.com

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THANKS BOBBI FOR PUTTING ME IN TOUCH WITH BUNNY GIBSON …SHE’S GETTING ALL HER BANDSTAND FRIENDS TO MAKE COMMENTS.

“Dick Clark has been in my life since i was 13 and danced on his Philly AB show. He is like part of my family! We thought of him like a “Father” figure 

and Kari was our “Mother”.

On May 8th, “Dancing with the Stars” gave their Tribute to Dick Clark and Steve Colanero and myself (Philly AB Regulars) and a group of wonderful LA Regulars were at DWTS in honor of Dick.

DWTS’ Judge, Carrie Ann Inaba, became an “Honorary Bandstand Club” member and she said that if it wasn’t for AB, there wouldn’t have been a DWTS. That says it all. Only Dick Clark could have done that – God Bless you Dick……God Bless you Kari……”

Bunny Gibson –http://www.bunnygibson.com

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“He was truly a great guy along with his wife who were always so nice to all of us….not only did i dance from 79-82 on bandstand i also went to all the ama’s the night time show and new years rocking eve.what a blessing to have most of all this taped in our back yard to make it easy to get to…dick thanks for all the memories,you will be missed !!!”

Robert Moreno

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“Hi there, i know i speak for a lot of dancers when i say it was a sad day in our lives when we heard of dick’s passing but the memories we have from dancing on the show and all the great times & friends we made and still have will last forever. i danced from 1975-1981. i was so excited to get that invite in the mail. i would drive every six weeks fromsan diegobecause i was still in high school. i remember my first day like yesterday, being mesmerized by all the dancers, their clothes, the set, and the icon himself, dick. i was surreal. i was a bit shy but as i kept getting asked to come back and became a “regular” i came out of my shell, became wild and crazy. dick always used to comment on what ever i had on when we were in the bleachers. i always seemed to get caught with gum in my mouth, hence he called me the “gum chewer”. he had a real cool sense of humor. he looooved the disco years (quoting him) “they were his favorite”. i loved going to the office and seeing the dogs run around, like being at home! so many great memories to list, but dick & american bandstand gave me 6 of the best years of my life and if i could do it all over i would. i thank you from the bottom of my heart for the experiences of a lifetime and the opportunities you gave to countless bands/singers.my love goes out to your family and someday we’ll meet you again up under that great disco ball up in the sky..”so long for now”

Lisette St.Claire aka Disco Liz, the gum chewer! ;o)

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WHATEVER HAPPENED TO YOUR FAVORITE BANDSTAND DANCER? FIND OUT ON FRIDAY WHEN BUNNY GIBSON GIVES US THE SCOOP ON EVERYTHING OLD IS “NEWS” AGAIN!

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A MESSAGE FROM ALAN O’DAY…Sonny Geraci  is very ill with AVM (arteriovenous malformation) and is in intensive care.
Sonny & his group Climax had a hit with “Precious and Few”.  He also was the first to record & release “Rock’n’Roll Heaven”.
If appropriate, consider sending a card to Sonny, c/o – –
Precious Time Productions
30799 Pine Tree Rd. #135
Pepper Pike OH 44124

Thanks,
AO

TRANSITIONS…VIDAL SASOON  R.I.P. ROCK IN PERPETUITY!

My condolences to the family and friends of Vidal Sassoon, who made his transition to the other side last week. He was a good guy, who cut my hair even when I couldn’t pay him. (London in the ’70s)

SPECIAL THANKS TO HUNTER GEORGE, BOBBI COWAN, BUNNY GIBSON, AND THE LAURA PINTO CONNECTION FOR HELPING ME PUT THIS ARTICLE TOGETHER

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