CONGRATULATIONS TO ROBERT DOWNEY , JR. ON THE $207,000,000 OPENING WEEKEND OF “THE AVENGERS”! I KNEW ROBERT EARLY IN HIS CAREER WHEN HE AND HIS THEN GIRLFRIEND, SARAH JESSICA PARKER (“SEX IN THE CITY”) WERE REGULAR CUSTOMERS AT GENGHIS COHEN, A HOLLYWOOD HOT SPOT I NAMED AND HOSTED FOR NINE YEARS.

One night when I came into work, I saw Sarah Jessica Parker and Robert Downey, Jr. sitting at a tiny table for 2 in the middle of an empty restaurant. I introduced myself and asked if they would prefer to have a booth?

When they finished dinner, I sat with them and told them how much I enjoyed Sarah in “Girls Just Wanna’ Have Fun” and Robert in “Weird Science”. They told me that they appreciated how well they were treated at Genghis Cohen. Other restaurants, wanted them to get in and out because they weren’t of drinking age and could only spend so much. I told them whenever you or your friends wanted to come in just call me. I assured them that “At Genghis Cohen, your wish…Is your problem!”

They laughed and not only became restaurant regulars, but became enthusiastic supporters of my wearable art.

 

 

 

 

WHEN I STARTED HOSTING GENGHIS COHEN, I COULDN’T AFFORD TO KEEP UP FASHION WISE WITH OUR WEALTHY CUSTOMERS, SO I BEGAN PAINTING MY OLD CLOTHES, WHICH STARTED SELLING RIGHT OFF OF MY BACK!

THIS IS A PICTURE OF ERTE (THE FATHER OF ART DECO) WEARING ONE OF MY HAND PAINTED JACKETS I NAMED AFTER HIM. SIMILAR TO ONE OF THE OUTFITS I MADE FOR ROBERT. 

 

 

Congratulations to my old friend and fellow staff writer, CAROLE KING, whose book is on the NY TIMES BEST SELLER LIST

And for the rave reviews she’s getting for her new CD THE LEGENDARY DEMOS”. Here’s one by DAWN LEE WAKEFIELD of the NATIONAL EXAMINER https://artiewayne.wordpress.com/tag/dawn-lee-wakefield-review-legendary-demos-by-carole-king/ 

A few days after I ran the review got an email from my longtime friend Producer/ engineer BROOKS ARTHUR…

GREAT ARTICLE! Did you know that i was the engineer on many of the demos in her new CD “THE LEGENDARY DEMOS”? Carole  used some of my interview for the liner notes. Just to be mentioned in the same paragraph as CAROLE KING is an honor.

Brooks Arthur http://www.brooksarthur.com

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Thanks again to all of you for your prayers and good wishes. I am grateful to GOD that I’m able to continue with my work a little longer. I am getting my steroids and vicodin daily, and my next caudal steroid Injection on Tuesday!

EXCLUSIVE! The Amazing Dr. Lai has gotten permission for me to have my next PRP procedure video taped. I’ll keep you posted.

 The last two weeks have been difficult for me with the passing of publisher Jay Warner, https://artiewayne.wordpress.com/2012/04/27/artie-wayne-on-the-web-updates-and-coming-attractions/ songwriter advocate Mandi Martin https://artiewayne.wordpress.com/2012/05/01/mandi-martin-r-i-p-rock-in-perpetuity/ and Buddy Saltzman, who’s played on more hit records than any other session drummer in history! https://artiewayne.wordpress.com/2012/05/03/buddy-saltzman-r-i-p-rock-in-perpetuity/

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It isn’t easy to write about my friends making their final transition, but it’s important to me that their contributions to the music business be acknowledged and archived where they can be easily accessed by all of us.

People ask me all the time where i find my graphics and videos…There is only one place I go for pictures, bios, videos and music and that’s to my friend Laura Pinto and her fantastic site, the LAURA PINTO OLDIES CONNECTION which lovingly and accurately documents the music of our generation. https://artiewayne.wordpress.com/2012/05/02/the-laura-pinto-oldies-connection/

 Laura was just telling me about THE MUSIC OF JEFF BARRY YOUTUBE GALLERY which features Jeff’s hits from “TELL LAURA I LOVE HER”, through the SPECTOR ERA, “DA DOO RUN RUN”, “THEN HE KISSED ME”, “GOIN’ TO THE CHAPEL”, THE MONKEES, THE ARCHIES, all the way to “I HONESTLY LOVE YOU”  http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLB012CE9C54E6915A

 

And here’s a song that I believe is yet to be a hit, that I rediscovered among the treasures that Laura has gathered, “(Even A Blind Man Can Tell When He’s) WALKING IN THE SUN” written and performed by Jeff Barry. http://lpintop.tripod.com/jeffbarry/id22.html

MY PAL LARRY WEISS (“RHINESTONE COWBOY”) EMAILED ME…AS YOU KNOW..”HI YO  SILVER LINING”, BECAME JEFF BECK’S BIGGEST AND ONLY VOCAL HIT..A MONSTEROUS ROCK ANTHEM FOR HIM AND US, THAT TODAY HAS MORPHED INTO ONE OF THE BIGGEST SOCCER THEMES IN THE UK..THIS HAPPENED YESTERDAY..

BEST..LARRY..

WOW! I’M REALLY HAPPY FOR YOU AND SCOTT ENGLISH http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=avP-8i_YEO8&feature=related

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I’VE BEEN GATHERING COMMENTS FOR MY DICK CLARK TRIBUTE AND WHEN I ASKED RICH PODOLSKY, AUTHOR OF “DON KIRSHNER…MAN WITH THE GOLDEN EAR”, THIS IS WHAT HE SAID,”…

Artie–When i was 15 growing up in Philly, a couple of buddies were going out with a few girls from South Philly who danced on Bandstand Friday afternoons. Somehow I got talked into going because the girls could get us in. Dick Clark was the epitome of suave. And he was nice when the camera was off, too. That day I was determined to stay in the bleachers but I gave in when I was dragged on the dance floor for a slow song. While dancing I got the button on my jacket sleeve stuck in my partner’s hair. When the record ended we were still stuck and of course Dick was standing next to us with his mike and a camera. Could be the most embarrassing moment of my youth.- -Rich Podolsky, author of  ”Don Kirshner: The Man with the Golden Ear.” (RJP2001@aol.com)

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EXTRA! I JUST ADDED A CLIP OF JERRY LEE LEWIS DEBUTING , “GREAT BALLS OF FIRE” ON THE VERY FIRST DICK CLARK SATURDAY NIGHT SHOW, WHICH I ATTENDED…A 14 MINUTE CLIP OF THE AMERICAN BANDSTAND 30TH ANNIVERSARY SHOW…AND A HALF HOUR SHOW FEATURING DICK ON RALPH EDWARDS “THIS IS YOUR LIFE”!

I was just about to close the comments section to my Dick Clark Tribute when Roger McGuinn, Diane Warren, Artie Kornfeld, Ben Fong Torres, Lou Christie, all made last minute contributions, perhaps you would too. Just click onto https://artiewayne.wordpress.com/2012/04/19/dick-clark-r-i-p-rock-in-perpetuity/

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Have you heard the current #1 single by GOTYE “SOMEBODY THAT I USED TO KNOW”, which is also the biggest song in the world with 195 MILLION VIEWS on YouTube!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8UVNT4wvIGY&feature=share

HAVE A GREAT WEEK…AND ALWAYS REMEMBER “HOW WONDERFUL LIFE IS IF YOU’RE NOT A TURD!”

Wayne   artiewayne@gmail.com

Thanks to Laura Pinto , Dawn Lee Wakefield, and Patti Dahlstrom for helping me put this article together.

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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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