After a whirlwind trip of selling dance records around the world, and tracking down a guy in Germany, who bounced a $15,000 check on me, when I get back to LA, I have one of the strangest nights of my life.

My long time friend, Neil Bogart has invited me to the Casablanca records party and concert, for the unveiling of his new group, KISS, at the Century Plaza. Allan Rinde, the head of CBS records west coast A&R waves to me frantically as I walk into the main ballroom, suddenly, an eerie hush comes over the room, and everyone’s eyes are on me! My friend Cecil Holmes, a Casablanca VP, comes over, hugs me, and says, “You’re Alive!!”

I have no idea what he’s talking about, until we’re joined by Allan and some of our friends, who told me that a full page obituary on Artie Wayne, who was a band singer in the ’40s had just appeared in Daily Variety! After having the article read to me over the phone, I spend the next few hours acting lively explaining, that it was the “other” Artie Wayne, who passed away.

After KISS plays an electrifying set, Neil Bogart comes over and says, “Artie, I thought you were dead!” I smile and say, “Neil, you know I’d never miss one of your parties!”

“I Wanna’ Rock and Roll All Nite and party every day!

I Wanna’ Rock and Roll All Nite and party every day!”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Env5iMrBjws

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nookie_2Whenever there’s a slow news day, they’ll run a heartwarming story about a cat calling 911 and saving its masters life or a dog who saves a family by barking relentlessly during a fire. Although these heroes are certainly worthy of media attention, I’d like to pay tribute to the millions of dogs and cats who are more than just companions.

As long as I can remember I’ve had an animal in my life that’s been less of a pet and more of a sidekick. They’ve shared the joy of a new romance with me, as well as the pain of heartbreak. They’ve celebrated business triumphs with kisses and wags and helped me get through dozens of setbacks with nuzzles and licks. When you confide in a dog or a cat, you know one thing for sure…they’re not going to gossip!

In the late 70’s I brought Nookie, a Cairn terrier, over from Harrods in London and he helped me get through some pretty hard times. I remember once I came home after a hard frustrating day and laid down on my back exhausted with tears running down my face. Nookie came over, stood on my chest and dropped his favorite toy, a nasty little hand puppet name “BaBa” on my face. At first I started gagging, then I started laughing uncontrollably. I can’t think of any human who was able to change my mood faster than Nookie could; it was like having a monkey around without all the empty peanut shells.

As a tribute to him, when I was recording my album for Casablanca, Art Munson, Joe Klein and I produced a track, “Is The Puppy Hungry?” that featured Nookie and his friend Lester ( Joe’s dog ), barking in rhythm to a reggae track. When the president of the label, Neil Bogart heard it he said, ” This could sell a million records, but not on my label!” I was crushed, but Nookie and Lester kept right on playing.

Animals can make a positive difference in your morale which becomes essential if you have health problems. After sharing my life with Nookie for 12 years, he passed away. I felt lost for quite a while and didn’t want the responsibility of having another dog. 13 years ago, when my friend Allan Rinde got married and moved to Nashville, he asked me to take care of his cats, because his wife, was allergic to them.

whop and streak

I’ve always been a dog person and didn’t even know how to properly pet a cat. It wasn’t long, however, before they had me trained. When I had a spinal operation, my hands closed up on me and my 25 pound cat Whoppy would lie on my right hand to open it up. It wasn’t long before his girlfriend Streaker would lie on my left hand and open that one up as well. I can’t tell you how many times that touching them while they were purring calmed me down when I was stressed out. I don’t know how long they’ll be with me on earth, but I thank God for every minute we’re together.

A couple of years ago I started using acrylics to create animal portraits on quartz, which I called Petz Rock.  I’m really proud of what I created. If you’d like to see some of my favorites, click onto http://artiewayne.com/petz.html

Copyright 2009 by Artie Wayne

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REMEMBERING HOW TO FLY!

March 5, 2009

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When we’re young we think we can change the world…but as we get older we let the world change us. As a child, I thought I was the center of the Universe, and the world revolved around me…and when I grew older I realized I was right!

 

We are all like the sun in our own little galaxies, with the capacity to shine and influence everything around us, but sometimes we let life overwhelm us and we forget the powers we possess. Through the Internet and social networks like , Twitter and Facebook,  Twitter we are able to connect and reconnect with each other like never before, and we realize we are not alone.

 

Up until recently I felt like an angel who’d been grounded…now I’m remembering how to fly! And every time even a thought of giving up enters my mind, I think about an event that happened 30 years ago.

 

“When I’m unceremoniously dropped as an artist by Neil Bogart, I ride around aimlessly in my soon to be expired leased “Casablanca Seville”, trying to figure out how everything that looked so good went so wrong. Just as I’m about to call it quits, I’m driving through Westwood and see Dino Fakiris, Freddie Perren’s (“I Want You Back”, “ABC”, “Heaven Must Be Missing An Angel”), new lyric writing partner hitching a ride.

 

Almost in tears Dino tells me how discouraged he is, and ready to give up. He says Freddie left Motown and created a new label, but is having trouble getting it started.  I ask him what kind of songs they were doing and he recites the lyric to “I Will Survive”. I pull over to the side of the road and say,” Are you Crazy??!!  “That’s one of the best lyrics I ever heard, and you want to give up?” If the music is as good as the lyrics, you’ve not only got a hit, you’ve got a classic! Then I went over to Freddie’s studio and he played for me!”

 

Here’s Gloria Gaynor and “”I Will Survive”

 

Here are some other songs that never fail to inspire me…

 

“I Believe” by Elvis Presley on the just released album “I Believe – The Gospel Masters” from Sony Music http://davidkirkpatrick.wordpress.com/2008/12/25/christmas-video-fun-elvis-presley-i-believe/

 

“I’ll Stand By You” by The Pretenders http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=16454322749

 

“If Everyone Cared” by Nickelback…one the most relevant groups in music today!  http://vids.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=vids.individual&videoid=27330848

 

“Rock And Roll Heaven” updated  by Alan O’Day for 2009 sung by Ronnie Kimball https://artiewayne.wordpress.com/2006/08/20/rock-and-roll-heaven/

 

“HIGH HOPES” 1959 Here’s my Spectropop pal, Eddie Hodges (Featuring Frank Sinatra) from “Hole In The Head” http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=1910692123619089668 

 

“From The Inside” by Kim Carnes http://artiewayne.com/inside.html

 “I Hear Voices” by Alan O’Day

http://www.vimeo.com/1969065

“We Are The World” U.S.A. For Africa

Hand Painted Angel On Denim Jacket by Artie Wayne…for more wearable Art  http://artiewayne.com

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