MY FACEBOOK FRIEND HUNTER GEORGE HAS MADE SO MANY VALUABLE CONTRIBUTIONS TO ARTIE WAYNE ON THE WEB THAT I’VE ENCOURAGED HIM TO WRITE A BLOG OF HIS OWN. I’M TRULY PROUD TO PRESENT HUNTER GEORGE AND “THE VIEW FROM MY PORCH”.

For several days now, I have been pondering the happenings in the good old US of A and around the world. Quite frankly it hasn’t been all that pleasant an experience, although the cool fall air and the crickets were relaxing.

I came to the conclusion that over half of the population of the US doesn’t have a clue of what is happening in this country or the world, and really don’t give a damn. They don’t know and do not understand the Constitution, The Bill Of Rights or The Separation of Powers. Most people, except me, are afraid of offending someone, which means they suppress their feelings and beliefs. Of course those who say they are offended proceed to offend others freely and with malice and forethought.

We can place blame on the education system for not teaching truth, justice and the American way, parents that don’t teach their children manners and many other reasons, but the truth is public and private apathy. We just don’t care. Anyone that has watched Jay Leno’s street interviews can plainly see the dumbing down of America. There are too many idiots on the lose and unfortunately they vote.

 Anger is rampant in this country now. There is a group of people in this country (and you all know who they are) that scream racism and racist at the drop of a hat. Most of the people in this group are black. They offer no proof; they just scream it to try to put fear in people, because no one wants to be known as a racist. Thank God (yes, I believe in Him) there are more conservative blacks and black organizations and they are speaking out against the poverty pimps and the party that has kept black folks slaves through welfare.

That’s enough for one night. Besides I want to see how many people I pissed off. The good news is that there are fresh ideas that will become known in the near future. You are going to be both surprised and delighted, because someone is coming that will put this nation back together again.

Until then let’s hunker down and worry about Baby Boo Boo and the officials at the NFL.

 

Hunter George   https://www.facebook.com/hhuntergeorge?fref=ts

Copyright 2012 by Hunter George

 

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I’M HAPPY TO REPORT THAT THE THE LITTLE 9 YEAR OLD BOY AND HIS CARETAKER, CAME OVER AND PICKED UP THE COMPUTER, MUSIC PUBLISHER DON WILLIAMS GAVE ME TO GIVE TO HIM. I’VE KNOWN THE KID FOR ABOUT FOUR YEARS, BUT I’VE NEVER SEEN HIM SMILE THAT BIG BEFORE. I KNOW IT’S GOING TO MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE IN HIS LIFE.

READERS ARE ALWAYS ASKING ME IF I HAVE ANY STORIES ABOUT PHIL SPECTOR? SURE I DO…BUT TODAY I’D LIKE TO TURN YOU OVER TO SOMEBODY WITH EVEN MORE, WHO WORKED WITH PHIL IN THE STUDIO ON SOME OF HIS MOST MEMORABLE SESSIONS! HERE IS MY LONG TIME FRIEND, SINGER/SONGWRITER/PRODUCER/MUSICIAN,TRADE MARTIN, AND MY EXCLUSIVE IN DEPTH INTERVIEW… PART ONE AND PART TWO…TOGETHER FOR THE FIRST TIME…AGAIN! INSIDE A PHIL SPECTOR RECORDING SESSION WITH TRADE MARTIN!

Although I’ve known Trade Martin since he was one of most in demand session guitarists in New York, I didn’t work with him very often because he was always booked up! In addition to being an excellent musician, part of why he became so popular among producers in the 60’s and 70’s was the fact that he was constantly singing and playing in Rock and Roll Bands in the tri-state area and he not only knew how the ever changing hits on top 40 radio sounded…he knew how they were constructed.

The first time I worked with Trade, was in 1964, just before I took my first trip to London. I had become bored with the American Music scene and became enamored of what I heard coming out of the UK. I had written a song with Ben Raleigh (”Tell Laura I Love Her”, “Wonderful, Wonderful”) and Danny Jordan (The Detergents) called, “When She Was What She Was”, which was more of a Gerry and the Pacemakers song than a song for Dion.
When I heard Chip Taylor and Al Gorgoni’s production of a song Trade wrote for Evie Sands, “Take Me For A Little While”, I was overwhelmed by his songwriting abilities which equaled his musical skills!. When we sat down to plan out my session and I played him my song and he added chords and changes I was only hearing on English hits. The tracks turned out great but I was disappointed in my own vocal. When I came back from England I put my vocal on again, this time with a pronounced English accent and sold the master to George Paxton, who owned Coed records where it was released under the pseudonym Terry Boyd. This was the same label where Trade was signed, that released his classic “That Stranger Used To Be My Girl”.
Although he’s written and scored films, has been nominated for “Clios” for his work in commercials, and received praise for his productions of B.B.King, including the Grammy winning, “Live at San Quentin Album”, his passion for self-expression remains at an all time high as he continues to perform regularly and write and record on a daily basis.

When we reconnected a couple of   years ago, I became more accutely aware of the part he and his guitar played in the hit making process of some of greatest record producers of our time including Phil Spector, Leiber and Stoller, Bert Berns, Jeff Barry and Ellie Greenwich, Carole King and Gerry Goffin, Jerry Ross, Jerry Wexler and Burt Bacharach. I didn’t know Trade played on, “Cherry, Cherry”, By Neil Diamond, “Chapel Of Love” by the Dixie Cups, “Twist and Shout” by the Isley Brothers, as well dozens of others he casually rattled off.

As I scrambled to turn my tape recorder on, I started to ask him questions about what I thought everyone might want to know.

AW- The stories about Phil Spector working at Gold Star on Hollywood are legendary, but very little is known about his sessions in New York. How did you first get together with Phil?
TM- I was working at the time with Jeff and Ellie, Carole King and Gerry Goffin, Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil and Phil Spector’s contractor heard about me and called me up. He said Phil wanted to meet me, so I made an appointment to see him up at Liberty records. You recorded for Liberty didn’t you?AW- (Laughs) Yeah, briefly. That’s where I met Phil too…he was on the A+R staff.
TM- The contractor told me to bring my guitar to the meeting, so I brought my white fender guitar.
AW- Did you bring an amplifier…or did he have one?
TM- No…no ( laughs) You could hardly hear the sound, but if you listened close enough you could hear it. I didn’t know it at the time, but Phil was a guitar player himself and he studied with Barney Kessel.
AW- Phil played the guitar solo on the Drifters record, “On Broadway”
TM- Right! I caught him playin’ in the studio one day…you know a lot of jazzy stuff. I was a Jazz oriented guitar player myself.
AW- Tell me more about your meeting.
TM- I remember him sitting behind a big desk, and I was on a couch across from him. Our whole meeting wasn’t longer than 6 or 7 minutes. As I pulled out my guitar, he asked what kind of stuff I liked to play? I told him that I played in a night club, and I knew all the solos by Scotty Moore, Carl Perkins…guys like that. At that point he asked, If I knew the intro to “Maybelline” by Chuck Berry? I smiled, and started playing it. He said I’d be hearing from his contractor.
AW- Which you obviously did.
TM- I played on almost every session he did in New York. He found out that I had this D28 Martin Herringbone Dreadnaught acoustic guitar and after he heard it, he always wanted me to play it on his sessions. I specifically remember one session I played it on it, it was at Mirasound with Brooks Arthur engineering. Phil usually used 2 or 3 pianos on his dates. on this one, Carole King was on an upright piano, as I remember, Paul Griffin was on a grand piano and Jerry, Phil’s contractor, was on another.
AW- And what song was this?
TM- “He Hit Me And It Felt Like A Kiss” by the Crystals
AW-Wow!


LA LA BROOKS FROM THE CRYSTALS AND PHIL SPECTOR… TO HEAR “HE HIT ME” CLICK ONTO http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ebDCRFSJzzU

TM- Phil wanted me to play 16th notes all the way through the track, fortunately I play the drums, so I was able keep that rhythm up! I used to sit right in front of Gary Chester who played drums on most of Phil’s dates.
AW- Gary’s one of the most innovative drummers I ever worked with…you could recognize him on every record he played on!
TM- He’s the best…and what a nice guy!
AW- I’ve been to a couple of overdubbing sessions of Phils but never a tracking session. Tell me more…who were the other musicians?
TM- There was Carl Lynch and Al Gorgoni on Electric Guitar, Billy Butler on another electric and percussionist, George Devins.


AW- And on bass?
TM- Bob Bushnell was on electric and Russ Savakus or Dick Romoff was on stand up. Phil always liked to use two basses on his tracks.
AW- I worked with all those guys, but I never knew that they were the foundation of the “Wall of Sound”…Great musicians and incredible positive vibes! I heard that once a track was done, Phil would have the musicians double it…to give it his signature sound.
TM- I’ve heard he did things like that…but never on any session I’ve been on.
AW – Did you notice any unusual recording techniques?
TM- One day I walked into the studio and Phil, who could be a little off the wall, as you know (laughs), was listening to a playback the control room at full volume. Outside of the glass, Brooks had placed two Neuman mikes which he was recording on two of the master tracks, as it was playing back. They were trying to get as much sound through the glass as they could…which would later be mixed in with the basic tracks! It sounded like a “Live” digital delay. He was a very innovative guy! Sometimes he’d try something that didn’t work…but that would never stop him from always trying something new!
AW- And Brooks was there to capture it…encouraging Phil to go farther.
TM- Exactly!
AW- After the basic tracks were done were you called back to do any overdubbing?
TM- No, Phil got everything he wanted from the musicians on the basics and probably only overdubbed strings and horns…maybe some little percussion things like maracas or castanets, at a later time.
AW- Yeah…They all sound so isolated…adding another dimension to his records! Another brick in the “Wall Of Sound” Did you ever do any work with him at Olmstead studios?
TM- The only place I ever worked in with Phil was Mirasound.
AW- And the engineer was always Brooks?
TM- Yes.
AW- What other of Phil’s hits did you play on?
TM- I remember playing on a lot of Crystals records…but I didn’t play on “Uptown”. Whenever he’d do a session in New York, I was on the date. Most of his biggest hits, like “Be My Baby” with the Ronnettes, were cut in California.
AW- Yes, at Gold Star. Since he was recording on both coasts at the same time, my guess is he chose the place that could best capture the mood of the songs. “He Hit Me And It Felt Like a Kiss” sounds like it needed the edginess of New York musicians.
TM- Not to mention that he could get one of the composers (Carole King) to play piano on the date! I remember there was a lot of controversy when that song came out. Most of the time I didn’t even know what song we were doing…we were handed chord sheets and just concentrated on making the tracks.
AW- That’s wild!
TM – I never even heard the finished record until it had become a hit!
AW- Trade…Thanks for this impromptu interview. I know you’ve got to run off to a session.
TM- My pleasure…anytime!

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WE GOT A LOT OF REACTION TO  THE WARNING ABOUT LINKEDIN HAVING  6.5 MILLION  PASSWORDS STOLEN…INCLUDING AN EMAIL FROM MY  OLD FRIEND ROGER MCGUINN (THE BYRDS) …”THANKS ARTIE…I QUIT FACEBOOK TWO YEARS AGO AND LINKEDIN TODAY! FREE AT LAST…FREE AT LAST!”

THANKS TO KAREN A.BROWN FOR THE HEADS UP ON THAT ON THAT ONE. IF YOU’R E SUSPICIOUS OF ANY EMAIL SOMEBODY SENDS YOU…DON’T OPEN IT UP. CONTACT THE SENDER BY SEPERATE EMAIL TO SEE IF THEY REALLY SENT IT. REMEMBER, IF A VIRUS GETS INTO YOUR COMPUTER…IT COULD COST YOU HUNDREDS OF DOLLARS TO GET IT FIXED

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I’VE BEEN GETTING A LOT OF RESPONSES TO MY ARTICLE ABOUT ELVIS PRESLEY, “ALLEGEDLY SAYING, “ALL COLORED PEOPLE CAN DO FOR ME IS SHINE MY SHOES AND BUY MY RECORDS”…HERE’S ONE OF THOSE RESPONSES! FROM GARY THEROUX…

Hi, Artie.
 
A lot of crap has been written about Elvis over the years and I am surprised that you actually ever believed Presley said that “all colored people” line.  I have conducted exhaustive research into Elvis’ life and career (resuling in multiple broadcast specials, books, etc.) and have uncovered absolutely no evidence of Elvis ever uttering a single racist comment.  Some of the most absurd rumors invented early in Presley’s career were quoted to “the most controversial name in show business” by Hy Gardner in their famous July 1, 1956 TV interview (“what about the rumor that you once shot your mother…”).  Elvis was incredulous but patient with the sneering, condescending (and now almost otaaly forgotten) newspaper columnist.  See the interview here:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gtn_4gRS7Rg
 
By the way, you mention Elvis performing multiple shows in Raleigh, NC on February 6, 1956.  According to Lee Cotton’s 1985 book “Elvis Day By Day,” Presley was actually about 80 miles away in Greenboro. NC on that date, performing one show at 8 PM in the National Theatre.
 

GARY…I’M EMBARRASSED THAT IT TOOK ME SO LONG TO REALIZE THE TRUTH, BU T THAT  STATEMENT WAS CONSIDERED FAC T IN THE GHETTO WHERE I GREW UP. ON THE DAY ELVIS DIED, MY FRIEND, SCOTT SHANNON (TRUE OLDIES CHANNEL) CAME OVER TO THE HOUSE AND EXPLAINED  TO ME WHAT I SHOULD’VE KNOWN ALL ALONG. https://artiewayne.wordpress.com/tag/elvis-rock-in-perpetuity/

YOU WERE CORRECT AS FAR THE DATES OF THE ELVIS SHOWS. THE SHOWS THAT HUNTER GEORGE MENTIONED HAPPENED TWO DAYS LATER…CLICK ON TO VERIFY  http://www.elvis.net/live/liv56.html

WE’RE VERY FORTUNATE TO BE AMONG T HE FIRST TO SEE THE TEN MINUTE DOCUMENTARY “WIMOWEH; THE JAY SIEGEL STORY (THE TOKENS)” DIRECTED BY SEAN GALLAGHER  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SsZuQZ5IFOg&hd=1

“At concerts, some women toss undergarments at heartthrob singers, but when Jay Siegel performs, they toss stuffed lions. Known more by his voice than by his name, Siegel and his group, The Tokens, topped the charts 50 years ago with his distinct falsetto on the classic mega-hit, ‘The Lion Sleeps Tonight’. Now at the age of 72, Jay resides in Rockland County, NY, where he has turned his garage into a make-shift museum of his career. He loves the work he does as he’s still touring today and yes, he can still sing in the same key as he did when he was just a teenager.”

To reach Jay Siegal www.jaysiegelandthetokens.com

To reach Sean Gallagher http://www.seanhasawebsite.com/

TRANSITIONS

Frances Preston Dies; Pioneering Former President of BMI

CONDOLENCES TO THE FAMILY AND FRIENDS OF FRANCIS PRESTON, FORMER CEO OF BMI

 
Frances Preston - P 2012
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By Eric Pederson for the Hollywood Reporter

UPDATED: The Country Music Hall of Famer spent more than half a century with the performing rights group, leading it for 18 years, and was a force in Washington and tireless humanitarian…

Frances Preston, a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame and former president and CEO of BMI, died June 13 of congestive heart failure at her home in Nashville. She was 83.

The woman Kris Kristofferson once called “the songwriter’s guardian angel” led the performing rights group from 1986 to 2004. Fortune called Preston “one of the true powerhouses of the pop music business,” and she often is credited with coining the Nashvile songwriter’s creed, “It all begins with a song.”

Born on Aug. 27, 1928, in Nashville, Preston began her career as a receptionist at WSM-AM Nashville. She rose quickly through the station’s ranks, eventually hosting her own fashion show.

She joined BMI in 1958, when she was hired to launch a Southern regional office in Nashville. She was named vp in 1964, reportedly becoming the first female corporate executive in Tennessee. In 1985, she rose to senior vp performing rights and moved to offices in New York before taking the top post at BMI the following year.

Preston also had a strong presence on Capitol Hill. She lobbied for songwriters’ rights, championing such initiatives as the Copyright Amendments Act of 1992, which extended copyright protection to older compositions, and the extension of the copyright term to the life of the composer plus 70 years. Earlier, she served on the Panama Canal Study Committee and on the commission for the White House Record Library during the Carter administration. And during the mid-’90s, she was a member of Vice President Al Gore’s National Information Infrastructure Advisory Council.

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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 DIRECTLY FROM ME THROUGH PAYPAL FOR ONLY $9.99 AT artiewayne@gmail.com 

THANK YOU, ARTIE

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Musicians honor “Doc” Watson’s influence

By MARTHA WAGGONER, Associated Press

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — You could hear the mountains of North Carolina in “Doc” Watson’s music. The rush of a mountain stream, the steady creak of a mule in leather harness plowing rows in topsoil and the echoes of ancient sounds made by a vanishing people were an intrinsic part of the folk musician’s powerful, homespun sound.

It took Watson decades to make a name for himself outside the world of Deep Gap, N.C. Once he did, he ignited the imaginations of countless guitar players who learned the possibilities of the instrument from the humble picker who never quite went out of style. From the folk revival of the 1960s to the Americana movement of the 21st century, Watson remained a constant source of inspiration and a treasured touchstone before his death Tuesday at age 89.

Blind from the age of 1, Watson was left to listen to the world around him and it was as if he heard things differently from others. Though he knew how to play the banjo and harmonica from an early age, he came to favor the guitar. His flat-picking style helped translate the fiddle- and mandolin-dominated music of his forebears for an audience of younger listeners who were open to the tales that had echoed off the mountains for generations,for the rest of the article click onto  http://www.wral.com/entertainment/story/11151047/

MY FRIEND HUNTER GEORGE ASKED IF I COULD MAKE A TRIBUTE TO MOUNTAIN AND FOLK  MUSIC LEGEND “DOC” WATSON, WHO PASSED AWAY THIS WEEK…I SAID, “HUNTER I COULD…BUT WHY DON’T YOU?”

“DOC” WATSON R.I.P.  MAY YOU ROLL IN PERPETUITY!

Rolling In My Sweet Baby’s Arms
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IKjnMMMYE-c&sns=fb

Black Mountain Rag
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XdUrg2Cqxdw&sns=fb

I’ll Fly Away
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CvyXBPaC89c&sns=

Sittin On Top Of The World
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OtfHkqdSEDc&feature=share

I never met Doc Watson, but I knew his music well. Anyone who grew up in North Carolina and particularly in the mountains knew Doc’s music. It wasn’t Bluegrass music. It was traditional mountain music plus whatever else Doc wanted to play. I will let my son Ryan help me finish this as he met Doc and said it well.
 
“From my Son Ryan George: I’m going to leave you all with one final Doc Watson song in my little tribute to his life and music, a song I think very fitting to finish with. You see, Doc was a Godly man with a strong faith. He was proud of his faith and lived his life as he thought God would’ve wanted him to. Hope you enjoy it…. Doc, I’ve enjoyed your music. RIP.”
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dUDwAgApoQw&sns=fb 

“Doc” Watson R.I.P. MAY YOU ROLL IN PERPETUITY 

RESPECTFULLY, HUNTER GEORGE

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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

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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

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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.”

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