When I heard about the Troubadour Family Reunion, a friend of mine who was one of the Monday “Hoot Night regulars said, “I don’t remember seeing you there…you don’t “qualify”…it’s only for people who were there on Monday nights!”

I was livid, as I reviewed my long history at the club which included hanging out with many stars who performed there and as well as vigorously supporting new singer/songwriters that “Hootmaster” Roger Perry presented on Monday nights.

It was right outside the Troubadour when my friend Shel Silverstein convinced me that I could be as creative working for a publishing company as I could be as a songwriter. It was at the club that I hung out with some of the writers I represented before they released their first albums including Jackson Browne, Warren Zevon, and the Eagles, which is all detailed in my new book, “I DID IT FOR A SONG”.

I even made a fool of myself a few times when I passed out into my coconut ice cream in the first row at Jimmy Webb’s opening and sang drunken harmony from the balcony with AMERICA and had to be quieted down.

I remember sitting one night with Stevie Wonder, Roberta Flack, and my girlfriend who had one Quaalude too many at the Cheech and Chong opening. When Stevie asked his companion to describe the action on stage my girlfriend yelled out, “What’s the Matter…Are you blind or something?”

Another night I was sitting with Sonny and Cher, when David Geffen and Cher’s eyes met and they became tabloid headlines. I was an occasional music critic for Cashbox magazine, and from the balcony gave Don McLean, and “American Pie” one of the first national reviews.

I was the guy who Atlantic Records’ Jerry Wexler thought enough of to take around from table to table and tell other reviewers what I thought of John Prine’s performance and stellar songwriting ability.

When I mentioned all of this to that friend of mine who was one of the Monday night hoot regulars he said, “I still don’t remember seeing you there…you don’t “qualify”…it’s only for people were there on Monday nights!” Then I looked at the Reunion’s website and it said the same thing.

Then I started to get angrier. I wrote last week how I brought Olivia Newton-John into the Troubadour Bar on a Monday night to impress all of my friends as well as the industry “heavies” who held court at the bar.  https://artiewayne.wordpress.com/2011/01/04/the-troubadour-family-reunion/ It was also on a Monday night when Glenn Frye and Randy Meisner of the Eagles wrestled me to the ground, took my highly polished Frye boots with “sissified” custom built platform heels, and threw them onto Santa Monica Boulevard as a joke.

The “Troub”on Monday nights, was where I met and became friendly with journalists Peter Greenberg, Todd Everett, Chris Van Ness, Digby Diehl, Cameron Crowe, David Rensen and publicists Billy James, Corb Donahue, Bob Gibson, David Sweeny, Gary Stromberg, managers Abe Hoch, Herbie Cohen, Peter Rachtman, Jerry Heller, and Elliot Roberts.

When I became the General Professional manager and director of Creative Services for three and a half years at Warner Brothers Music, I insisted that each of my four songpluggers maintain a presence at the club at least twice a week, sometimes bringing as many as 10 guests on “Hoot Night”. This effort wasn’t lost on the late owner Doug Weston, who bought me a drink from time to time, in appreciation for all the business I’d bring in.

One of the things I’m proudest of in my professional life.life is helping to introduce “Karaoke” to America. In my last promotion for the Singing Machine Company, Doug Weston gave me a half hour on a Monday Night for me to sing over tracks and demonstrate this remarkable device. It was one of the first times, I’m told that recorded music was allowed to be used in a live performance at the venue.

I started the show with songs everybody knew like “Sweet Caroline”, which they could sing along to, then I invited five of my friends (including journalists, Lita Eliscu, and Ellen Sander) up on stage to sing the chorus of a controversial song I just recorded called “WHITE WOMEN IN HEAT”. Although I got a standing ovation from the packed room, I was fired the next day by the Singing Machine Company for my “QUESTIONABLE” choice of material.

I ask myself why am I getting so worked up about all of this “Reunion Stuff”, I’m too disabled to attend the event anyway…but I wanted to set the record straight about the important part the Troubadour has played in my life and the place it has in my heart.. If anyone still thinks that I don’t “Qualify” to be part of this event, if only in spirit…they can “Kiss My Past!”

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

To find out more about THE TROUBADOUR FAMILY REUNION click on to www.troubadourfamilyreunion.com/

TO LEARN MORE ABOUT MY BOOK, “I DID IT FOR A SONG http://artiewayne.com/book.html

Picture at top Doug Weston outside The Troubadour Remastered, colored and redesigned by “Lezlie Sokol” ~ at Painted Cloud Photography © 2010 http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1581289451558&set=a.1461857505834.64834.1215335979#!/profile.php?id=1215335979&v=info

Picture in middle l to r Tom Rush, Michael Ochs, Allan Rinde, Elliot Roberts, and James Taylor at the Troubadour Bar.

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These are personal tributes to my friends or major influences in my life who have passed away. R.I.P. May they ROCK IN PERPETUITY! Just click onto the name.

REMEMBERING OTIS REDDING WITH MY FRIEND STEVE CROPPEr

JOHN BARRY R.I.P. ROCK IN PERPETUITY!

BERT BERNS R.I.P. ROCK IN PERPETUITY

FREDDY BIENSTOCK R.I.P. ROCK N PERPETUITY!

NEIL BOGART R.I.P. ROCK N PERPETUITY!

JOHN BRAHANEY R.I.P. ROCK IN PERPETUITY!

MARLON BRANDO And His Influence On Pop Music

JOHNNY CASH R.I.P. ROCK N PERPETUITY!

RAY CHARLES R.I.P. ROCK IN PERPETUITY!

HERB COHEN R.I.P. ROCK IN PERPETUITY!

CLAY COLE R.I.P. ROCK IN PERPETUITY!

JIM CROCE R.I.P. ROCK N PERPETUITY!

JIMMY DEAN R.I.P. “ROCK IN PERPETUITY”

BO DIDDLEY R.I.P. ROCK IN PERPETUITY!

DENNY DOHERTY R.I.P. ROCK N PERPETUITY!

AHMET ERTEGUN R.I.P. ROCK N PERPETUITY!

DOUG FIEGER R.I.P. ROCK IN PERPETUITY!

CHARLIE FACH R.I.P.ROCK IN PERPETUITY!

REDD FOXX R.I.P. RAUNCH IN PERPETUITY!

ALAN FREED R.I.P. ROCK N PERPETUITY

AL GALLICO R.I.P. ROCK N PERPETUITY!

ALAN GORDON R.I.P. ROCK IN PERPETUITY!

IRVING GREEN R.I.P. ROCK N PERPETUITY!

A TRIBUTE TO FLORENCE GREENBERG!

ELLIE GREENWICH R.I.P. ROCK IN PERPETUITY!

JIMI HENDRIX R.I.P. ROCK N PERPETUITY

BUDDY HOLLY R.I.P. ROCK N PERPETUITY!

LENA HORNE R.I.P. ROCK IN PERPETUITY!

MICHAEL JACKSON…THE GRAND FINALE!

RICK JAMES R.I.P. ROCK N PERPETUITY!

REVEREND MARTIN LUTHER KING R.I.P. ROCK IN PERPETUITY!

SHEILAH KENT R.I.P. ROCK IN PERPETUITY!

DON KIRSHNER R.I.P. ROCK IN PERPETITUITY!

LARRY KNECHTEL R.I.P. ROCK IN PERPETUITY!

SYLVIA KRISTEL R.I.P. ROMP IN PERPETUITY!

STEVEN KURTZ R.I.P. ROCK IN PERPETUITY!

VAN MCCOY R.I.P. ROCK N PERPETUITY!

JOHNNY MAESTRO R.I.P. ROCK IN PERPETUITY!

HUEY MEAUX R.I.P. ROCK IN PERPETUITY!

BOB MARLEY R.I.P. RASTAMAN IN PERPETUITY!

JACKIE MILLS R.I.P. ROCK IN PERPETUITY!

WILLIE MITCHELL R.I.P. ROCK IN PERPETUITY!

JIM MORRISON IN 2011

MICKIE MOST R.I.P. ROCK N PERPETUITY

MARTY OSTROW R.I.P. ROCK IN PERPETUITY!

STEVE PAUL R.I.P. ROCK IN PERPETUITY!

FREDDIE PERREN R.I.P. ROCK N PERPETUITY!

IRWIN PINCUS R.I.P. ROCK IN PERPETUITY!

GENE PITNEY R.I.P. ROCK N PERPETUITY

ELVIS PRESLEY R.I.P. ROCK IN PERPETUITY!

BILLY PRESTON R.I.P. ROCK N PERPETUITY!

BEN RALEIGH R.I.P. ROCK N PERPETUITY!

LOU RAWLS R.I.P. ROCK IN PERPETUITY!

BOB RENO R.I.P.”ROCK IN PERPETUITY”!

ALLAN RINDE R.I.P. ROCK IN PERPETUITY!

SOUPY SALES R.I.P. ROCK IN PERPETUITY!

AARON SCHROEDER R. I. P. ROCK N PERPETUITY

SIDNEY SHELDON R.I.P. ROCK N PERPETUITY!

SHEL SILVERSTEIN R.I.P. ROCK N PERPETUITY

SHELBY SINGLETON R.I.P. ROCK IN PERPETUITY!

LEVI STUBBS R.I.P. ROCK N PERPETUITY

ELIZABETH TAYLOR R.I.P. ROCK IN PERPETUITY!

LUTHER VANDROSS R.I.P. ROCK N PERPETUITY!

RANDY WOOD R.I.P. ROCK IN PERPETUITY!

JERRY WEXLER R.I.P. ROCK IN PERPETUITY!

BARRY WHITE R.I.P. ROCK IN PERPETUITY!

NORMAN WHITFIELD R.I.P. ROCK N PERPETUITY

WARREN ZEVON R.I.P. ROCK N PERPETUITY!

I feel honored to have known most of the people I’ve written about, and shared some of the moments with you…In the words of my friends, Alan O’Day and the late, Johnny Stevenson, in their classic hit

“If you believe in forever, then life is just a one night stand,
If there’s a Rock and Roll Heaven, You know they’ve got a hell of a band!”

Here is “Rock And Roll Heaven-2008” Performed by Ronnie Kimball Directed by Sebastian Prooth


R.I.P. ROCK IN PERPETUITY!

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

Copyright 2009 by Artie Wayne

Special Thanks to Sharon Link for her help in creating this compilation.

To reach Alan O’Day  http://alanoday.com

Sebastian Prooth  http://tektrekgamer.wordpress.com

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