Now that I’m going after the bad guys in the music business, The only thing that can keep me safe now is transparency, so I private messaged 100 of my FACEBOOK friends, and told them who the perpetrators might be in the event something happens to me.

It’s funny how many people have been screwed by the same people I have who like my idea of a CLASS ACTION AUDIT of record and publishing companies, but are afraid of retaliation.

CHECK OUT THESE THREE ARTICLES AND THE COMMENTS…IF SOMETHING SIMILAR HAS HAPPENED TO YOU, PLEASE ADD YOUR STORY TO THE REST OF THE COMMENTS …REMEMBER THERE’S POWER IN NUMBERS.

THE UNIVERSAL MUSIC GROUP https://artiewayne.wordpress.com/2011/05/24/the-first-class-action-audit-against-the-universal-music-group/

NICK ASHFORD AND VALERIE SIMPSON AT MOTOWN https://artiewayne.wordpress.com/2006/08/14/breaking-the-motown-sound-barrier-aint-no-mountain-high-enough/

FLORENCE GREENBERG AND SCEPTER RECORDS https://artiewayne.wordpress.com/2010/04/21/a-tribute-to-florence-greenberg/

EXTRA! EXTRA!……STOP THE PRESSES!! DAWN LEE WAKEFIELD OF THE NATIONAL EXAMINER.COM HAS JUST RELEASED PART TWO OF HER STORY ON ME AND MY BATTLE WITH THE MUSIC INDUSTRY!  http://www.examiner.com/classic-rock-music-in-national/the-artie-wayne-school-of-music-economics-counting-up-friends-who-count 

IF YOU HAVEN’T READ PART ONE OF DAWN’S STORY “ARTIE WAYNE VS. THE MUSIC INDUSTRY…CAN A NICE GUY FINISH FIRST?” CLICK ON TO http://www.examiner.com/classic-rock-music-in-national/artie-wayne-vs-the-music-industry-can-a-nice-guy-finish-first

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With all of the great music and artists they had to work with, the producers of “BABY, IT’S YOU” seem to have blown it. I can’t give you a first hand report, since some “bloggers” weren’t considered important enough to be given tickets to the show, but here is the New York Times review.

April 27, 2011
NY Times Theater Review | ‘Baby It’s You!

Girl Group Tale Is Reharmonized

By CHARLES ISHERWOOD
“Mama said there’ll be shows like this. But she didn’t tell me there would be quite so many, or that any one of them could be this dismal.
If you recognize the lyrical allusion in that first sentence, you may have guessed that my subject today is “Baby It’s You!” the new Broadway musical about the pioneering girl group the Shirelles, which opened Wednesday night at the Broadhurst Theater.
If you do not recognize the allusion, you may now be wondering if the world was crying out for a Broadway musical about the pioneering girl group the Shirelles. The answer is probably not, but Broadway has increasingly become a booming marketplace for boomer nostalgia, a national resource that could solve our energy problems in a trice if it could somehow be converted into kilowatts.
“Baby It’s You!,” which at least offers a distaff twist on the recent songbook musicals stuffed with 1960s chart toppers, also earns a smidgen of respect — is there anything smaller than a smidgen, by the way? — through the blatant acknowledgment of its status as just another item in a popular product line. As the show begins, a giant image of a jukebox is flashed upon the curtain, in case anyone has wandered in expecting to see that meaty dramatic opus from London, or just something remotely original.” for the entire review click onto

http://theater.nytimes.com/2011/04/28/theater/reviews/baby-its-you-story-of-the-shirelles-review.html

Even though I was signed to Scepter Records I got a salary, for writing and producing the Shirelles, The Guess Who, and The Kingsmen, I never received one penny in royalties. I’m sorry to hear that Florence Greenberg, who once loomed so large in our industry, has been given such a poor tribute.

FOR A PERSONAL TRIBUTE TO MY OLD BOSS FLORENCE GREENBERG  https://artiewayne.wordpress.com/2010/04/21/a-tribute-to-florence-greenberg/

SHAME ON YOU “BABY, IT’S YOU” PRESS AGENTS https://artiewayne.wordpress.com/2011/04/26/shame-on-you-baby-its-you-publicists/https://artiewayne.wordpress.com/2011/04/26/shame-on-you-baby-its-you-publicists/

BEING THE FIRST TO HEAR “WILL YOU LOVE ME TOMORROW” FROM CAROLE KING https://artiewayne.wordpress.com/2006/09/14/aldon-music-at-1650-broadway-and-a-historic-encounter-with-carole-king/

IN THE STUDIO PRODUCING THE SHIRELLES https://artiewayne.wordpress.com/2009/12/19/the-shirelles-christmas-song-mama-my-soldier-boys-coming-home/

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

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In the tradition of the the old music business where the artists are the last to get paid, it’s DeJa Vu all over again! The producers of “Baby, It’s You” didn’t bother to get permission to use the Shirelles copyrighted name and group filed suit today to stop the show from opening tonight!

By MARK KENNEDY Associated Press Drama Writer
NEW YORK April 27, 2011 (AP)
Producers of the Broadway musical “Baby, It’s You!” were slapped with a lawsuit Wednesday only hours before opening night by several musicians including Dionne Warwick and three of the four original members of The Shirelles claiming their names and likeness were used without permission.

The complaint filed in New York State’s Supreme Court alleges the producers of the musical did not get permission from Warwick, Chuck Jackson or Beverly Lee, Doris Coley Jackson and Addie Harris Jackson of The Shirelles to portray them on stage. It seeks unspecified damages.

“These national treasures were taken advantage of at the infancy of their careers,” said Oren Warshavsky, a lawyer at Baker Hostetler, which filed the lawsuit. “Now they have to watch it done to them again on stage and once more not get paid.”

Paul McGuire a representative for the show’s producers — Warner Bros. Theater Ventures Inc., Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. and Broadway Baby, LLC — said they had not received the lawsuit and would not comment.

The show, which stars Tony Award winner Beth Leavel, traces the career of recording executive Florence Greenberg, who discovered several acts at the dawn of rock ‘n’ roll. It features actors portraying The Shirelles, Warwick and Jackson, and performances of some of the songs they made top sellers.

The Shirelles were formed in 1958 in New Jersey and had hits with “Will You Love Me Tomorrow,” “Dedicated to the One I Love,” “Mama Said,” “Soldier Boy” and “Baby, It’s You.” Among the tunes for which Jackson was known: “I Don’t Want to Cry” and “Any Day Now.” Warwick’s hits include “Walk on By” and “Don’t Make Me Over.”

The musical, which has a story written by Floyd Mutrux and Colin Escott, began previews on March 26 and officially opens at the Broadhurst Theatre on Wednesday evening.”

For my other articles on Florence Greenberg, “BABY, IT”S YOU”, Carole King, and the Shirelles

FOR A PERSONAL TRIBUTE TO MY OLD BOSS FLORENCE GREENBERG  https://artiewayne.wordpress.com/2010/04/21/a-tribute-to-florence-greenberg/

SHAME ON YOU “BABY, IT’S YOU” PRESS AGENTS https://artiewayne.wordpress.com/2011/04/26/shame-on-you-baby-its-you-publicists/https://artiewayne.wordpress.com/2011/04/26/shame-on-you-baby-its-you-publicists/

ON BEING THE FIRST TO HEAR “WILL YOU LOVE ME TOMORROW” FROM CAROLE KING https://artiewayne.wordpress.com/2006/09/14/aldon-music-at-1650-broadway-and-a-historic-encounter-with-carole-king/

IN THE STUDIO PRODUCING THE SHIRELLES https://artiewayne.wordpress.com/2009/12/19/the-shirelles-christmas-song-mama-my-soldier-boys-coming-home/

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

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After writing a few articles about my old boss Florence Greenberg and the Broadway show “BABY, IT”S YOU” I got a letter from the show’s publicist,

”Hope you are doing well! I wanted to follow up and let you know that BABY IT’S YOU will be hosting a Blogger Night! If you are interested, Follow the directions on the page to win a pair of tickets to the show…Let me know if you have any questions!”

 Yeah…I’ve got one question, “ARE YOU CRAZY?” WIN a pair of tickets? I’m disabled and I live in the California desert, and I might’ve considered going to New York to see the show when it opens now I DON’T THINK SO! WIN a pair of tickets indeed?

I may not be Perez Hilton, but I have over 1,840,000 views on Artie Wayne on the Web and 40 years worth of credentials as an “underground tastemaker” from helping to break “Jesus Christ Superstar” https://artiewayne.wordpress.com/2006/07/31/jesus-christ-superstar-ascends-2/  to being the first to rave about Tommy James book, “Me, The Mob, and The Music” https://artiewayne.wordpress.com/2010/02/09/tommy-james-shocking-new-book-methe-mob-and-the-music/

 I may not have a huge following, but my readers are amazingly influential as you can see from the comments made at the bottom of these articles https://artiewayne.wordpress.com/2009/08/28/ellie-greenwich-r-i-p-rock-in-perpetuity/ as well as https://artiewayne.wordpress.com/2010/04/15/whos-going-to-replace-simon-cowell-ron-fair-or-joel-diamond/

 BTW, I googled Florence Greenberg “Baby, It’s You” and here’s what came up.

  1. The Shirelles – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    The Beatles also covered “Baby It’s You” on their album Please, Please Me in 1963. A school friend had them audition for her mother, Florence Greenberg,
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  2. A TRIBUTE TO FLORENCE GREENBERG! « Artie Wayne On The Web

    Apr 21, 2010 Tags: Artie Kornfeld, Artie Ripp, Baby it’s You” the play, brooks arthur, ed silvers, florence greenberg, Larry Weiss, Marv Schlacter,
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  3. News & Reviews – Baby It’s You! – Official Broadway Site

    Inspired by the true story of Florence Greenberg, the woman who in the late 1950’s took the male-dominated music industry by storm, Baby It’s You! is a new
    babyitsyouonbroadway.com/news.htmlCached

I wonder how my friend Artie Ripp, one of the producers of “BABY, IT”S YOU” is going to respond when he finds out how his publicity is being handled (he also is one my readers).

 I wish the show well, but don’t expect me or any of my inconsequential “blogger friends” to support it.

Regretfully, Artie Wayne https://artiewayne.wordpress.com/about-artie-wayne/

P.S. last night I put this article up on Facebook and got these responses.

Todd Everett I should point out that you could have seen the show here in L.A. — it played forever at the Coast Playhouse (where I saw it), then had its “premiere” at the Pasadena Playhouse. Changed quite a bit, I guess, between the two; and probably between Pasadena and Broadway. I paid for my ticket, though through Goldstar

Ellen Sander Jeez if they had to comp every blogger, they’d have nothing left to sell!

 Artie Wayne MAYBE I’M SPOILED, BUT THE LAST SEATS I PAID FOR WERE THE BEATLES AT CARNEGIE HALL AND WAS PISSED OFF HAVING TO PAY $10.00 EACH!

Sally Stevens Artie’s point was that he’s been blogging about Florence for quite some time, as he used to work with her back in the day. It’s a little different from “every blogger.” He still comes up in the top three in the Google rankings when you search Florence.

Tom Tom Slocum Artie is correct..

Ellen Sander I do see his point.

Copyright 2011 by Artie Wayne http://artiewayne.com

Here’s my best article on Florence Greenberg and, “BABY, IT’S YOU” https://artiewayne.wordpress.com/2010/04/21/a-tribute-to-florence-greenberg/

FLASH!!!!!!!! THIS JUST CAME IN FROM MARK KENNEDY ASSOCIATED PRESS DRAMA WRITER!

By MARK KENNEDY AP Drama Writer

NEW YORK April 27, 2011 (AP)
Producers of the Broadway musical “Baby, It’s You!” were slapped with a lawsuit Wednesday only hours before opening night by several musicians including Dionne Warwick and three of the four original members of The Shirelles claiming their names and likeness were used without permission.

The complaint filed in New York State’s Supreme Court alleges the producers of the musical did not get permission from Warwick, Chuck Jackson or Beverly Lee, Doris Coley Jackson and Addie Harris Jackson of The Shirelles to portray them on stage. It seeks unspecified damages.

“These national treasures were taken advantage of at the infancy of their careers,” said Oren Warshavsky, a lawyer at Baker Hostetler, which filed the lawsuit. “Now they have to watch it done to them again on stage and once more not get paid.” For complete story http://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/wireStory?id=13470008

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The first time I met producer Huey Meaux was at Harold Lipsius’ office at Jaime/ Guyden records in Philadelphia, in 1964. The next time I saw him was a few hours later as we shared a train ride back to New York City with our unsold masters in one hand and a drink in another.

I’d run into him from time in Florence Greenberg’s office up at Scepter Records or at one of the trade papers. He was always the character in his cowboy hat filled to the brim with questionable jokes and his bag chock full of the records he was pushing.

The Houston Times did a good obituary on him. http://blogs.houstonpress.com/rocks/2011/04/controversial_producer_huey_me.php but you can learn more about Huey from the artists that he found and the records that he produced. Here is one of my favorites.

If you have a good story to tell about Huey, please leave it in the comments below.

Huey Meaux R.I.P. ROCK IN PERPETUITY!

Respectfully, Artie Wayne https://artiewayne.wordpress.com/about-artie-wayne/

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“The new Broadway musical Baby It’s You! tells the inspiring story of Florence Greenberg, the woman who changed the recording world forever when she discovered The Shirelles and created Scepter Records, becoming the music industry’s first female powerhouse. Starring Tony Award winner Beth Leavel as Greenberg, conceived by Floyd Mutrux, directed by Floyd Mutrux and Sheldon Epps, and written by Tony nominated book writers Mutrux and Colin Escott, the team behind Broadway’s Million Dollar Quartet, Baby It’s You! begins performances at Broadway’s Broadhurst Theatre (235 West 44th Street) TONIGHT (March 26), and opens Wednesday, April 27, 2011”


Read more: http://broadwayworld.com/article/BABY_ITS_YOU_Begins_Previews_Tonight_20110326#ixzz1HuPNzGtS

For my articles on Florence Greenberg and the Shirelles

https://artiewayne.wordpress.com/2010/04/21/a-tribute-to-florence-greenberg/

https://artiewayne.wordpress.com/2009/12/19/the-shirelles-christmas-song-mama-my-soldier-boys-coming-home/

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“In the ‘50s I grew up in the Bronx and worked in my aunt’s candy store after school. I was somewhat of a nerd, but I got hipper listening to what the kids were playing on the jukebox, especially “Met Him On A Sunday” and “Tonight’s The Night”. I never dreamed that one day I’d be working for the woman behind those records, Florence Greenberg, who describes herself as “a white woman in a black business who couldn’t carry a tune.”

Artie Kornfeld, “The Father Of Woodstock”, who co – wrote “Tonight You’re Gonna’ Fall In Love With Me”, for the Shirelles remembers, “Florence Greenberg was quite a gal! She was as strong as Morris Levy in business, but always kind to me. I do think that Marv Schlacter ran a lot of the company. I had no problem with Scepter Records…but I never checked my royalty statements back then either.”

Singer/Songwriter Larry Weiss (“Rhinestone Cowboy”, “Bend Me, Shape Me”) adds, “I REMEMBER FLORENCE GREENBERG WAS A DYNAMIC INDEPENDENT RECORD COMPANY OWNER, WHO PEOPLE HAD TO CHASE FOR AN HONEST ACCOUNTING..INCLUDING BACHARACH & DAVID..BUT SHE WAS A STRONG FORCE IN NYC FOR MANY YEARS WITH THE SHIRELLE’S, B.J. THOMAS, AND A NUMBER OF OTHER R&B ACTS.”

Russ Regan, former CEO of UNI Records and 20th Century Records adds, “I loved Florence Greenberg!! I worked for her for 3 happy years. She loved the music business; she had great Instincts for hit songs!! She loved her artists!! She was passionate about her employees!! She was truly a great human being!! They don’t make them like her anymore!!”

Ed Silvers, former president of Warner Brothers Music, fondly remembers, “Florence gave me a great opportunity, when she and Marv Schlacter offered me a job to run the publishing arm of Scepter Records, and co-own all new copyrights I could bring to the company. During my time at Scepter, I signed Nick Ashford and Valerie Simpson, along with their pal Joshie Armstead. Florence was a source of information on how record companies functioned in the 60’s. She had a great feel for talent–Luther Dixon, the hot producer, Hal and Burt doing Dionne, and signing The Kingsmen from a deal she had engineered with a Seattle producer.

Florencealso knew how to deal with promotion of her releases–DJ’s came to Scepter often to receive encouragement!!! I miss her to this day.”

After being unceremoniously fired from a song plugging job four days after I got married, my old friend Ed Silvers hired me to write and produce for Scepter. I got a chance to work with some of the most talented people in the world. I did demos with Nick, Valerie and Joshie, and even co-wrote a couple of songs with Nick.

Florence was very sensitive to her employees. When Ed went on a 2 week business trip to the UK, I’ll never forget that Florence gave me a chance to write and produce some sides on the Shirelles, the Kingsmen, and the Guess Who, as well as gave me unlimited time to experiment in her new 8-track state of the art studio. If only Ed had stayed away another week, I’m sure would’ve gotten Florence to let me cut Dionne Warwick and B.J.Thomas!”

(TO BE CONTINUED)

photo at top l-r Luther Dixon, Florence Greenberg, Chuck Jackson, and Marv Schlacter

photo in the middle l to r Joshie Armstead, Nick Ashford, Artie Wayne, Valerie Simpson, bottom- Ed Silvers

thanks to Brian Gari for the middle picture from his collection

Regards, Artie Wayne http://artiewayne.com

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