“It’s summer of 1973 and Ed Silvers, President of Warner Brothers Music, is losing his patience with me. He thinks I’m spending far too much time trying to get our songs cut at Motown. Although I secure songs in our catalog by some of their biggest artists, they’re only album cuts. Ed is convinced that I’ll never get a single released by Motown.

I know at this point that the only way I could have a chance for a hit and escape the wrath of Ed, is to get a cover by the Jackson 5 or little Michael. There was only one staff writer at Warner Brothers music who could write in a classic R+B style, George S. Clinton, Jr.

I go to the two producers who love George’s writing the most, Jerry Marcellino and Mel Larson, who just had big hits with 12 year old Michael on “Rockin’ Robin” and “Little Bitty Pretty One” (which was my suggestion). They tell me that “Ben”, from the movie of the same name, is racing up the charts and Berry Gordy wants each of his producers to start recording new sides with him.

I sit with Jerry and Mel and we talk about what kind of song they should record with Michael. I suggest a Christmas song, one so commercial that it could be the follow up single to, “Ben”. When I see their eyes light up, I tell them that George S. Clinton, Jr. and I have started such a song! When they ask to hear it, I tell them we were still working on it, when in fact we hadn’t even started! I can’t tell them the title, ’cause there isn’t any! I do tell them, however, that it’s a true story of how my girlfriend left me out in the cold like the last tree in a Christmas tree lot, which is left unsold on Christmas Eve. They freak out and say they had to have the finished song by Monday. I say, “No problem”

I call George, who knows nothing about any of this as soon as I get back to my office. He can’t believe I told them we’d have a finished song to them by Monday, when it’s Friday and we haven’t even started.

Saturday morning we meet at my office. It’s the middle of summer, about 90 degrees, but we have to get in a Christmas Mood. As I tell George about my break up with Diana last Christmas, then I start to throw Ivory Snowflakes around the room. Soon, we have the first verse and chorus.”

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“Little Christmas Tree, looking sorta’ sad and lonely just like me

No one seems to care, they just went away and left him standing there…All alone on Christmas Eve!”

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On Monday morning George does a piano voice demo, and I get it to Jerry and Mel that afternoon. They love it so much that they knock one of their own songs off the date and cut ours.

I’m almost in tears when I hear the finished record the following week with the news that it’s being considered for the follow-up to “Ben”, which had just hit number one! You can imagine how I feel a few weeks later when Berry Gordy, Jr. decides not put out any follow up to the Oscar nominated “Ben”, until the Academy Awards are given out…which is after Christmas! A few days later I come up with a plan and present it to Motown. I suggest that the company puts a double albums worth of previously recorded Christmas songs by each of their hit artists, along with “Little Christmas Tree”. The double album is called “A Motown Christmas”, which includes cuts by Stevie Wonder, The Supremes, The Temptations, Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, Diana Ross, and it’s released just in time for the holidays.”

“LITTLE CHRISTMAS TREE”                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         George S. Clinton, Jr. and Artie Wayne

I watch the snowflakes fall
against my window plain
and wonder if you
are watching snowflakes too?
I take a walk downtown
to where you used to meet me
There’s joy everywhere
but all that waiting there is just a…

LITTLE CHRISTMAS TREE
Looking sorta’ sad and lonely just like me
No one seems to care
They just went away and left it standing there
All alone on Christmas eve

I hear the Christmas bells
The happy people singing
The songs of the chill that only brings me tears
I sadly close my eyes
and say a little prayer you’ll be waiting there for me
I look but all I see is

LITTLE CHRISTMAS TREE
Looking sorta’ sad and lonely just like me
No one seems to care
They just went away and left it standing there
All alone on Christmas eve

This is the season of love
(This is the season of love)
But I’m as sad as I can be
(sad as can be)
Why did you have to leave me
(Why did you leave me)
(Why did you leave me)

LITTLE CHRISTMAS TREE
Looking sorta sad and lonely just like me
No one seems to care

They just went away and left it standing there
All alone on Christmas eve

Copyright 1973/2009 by Warner Brothers Music

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“It was early Christmas Eve, Whoppy, Streaker and I had just finished adding the last clip we found on Youtube to their list of “99 CHRISTMAS MUSIC VIDEOS”, which we were going to send out at midnight to all the children of the world.                                                     

I was tired and my nerves were on edge, afraid we wouldn’t make the deadline, but now I could relax. I wanted to apologize to the cats for yelling at them all day, so I made them some warm milk and put out an extra portion of catnip.

About a half hour later I notice that Whoppy’s milk and catnip hadn’t been touched. Then Streaker told me that Whoppy said he was running away from home ‘cause he was tired of being “treated like a dog” Streaker and I looked for him all over the neighborhood…but he was nowhere to be found. large1jpgAbout 10:00 we stopped searching and went home. With tears in my eyes I started writing my Christmas blog to the children. A few minutes later there was a knock on my door. My neighbor Jim walked in, carrying Whoppy, and said, “Look what I just found stuck in my kitchen doggie door”

We all laughed, I thanked Jim, and then Whoppy, Streaker and I went to back to my computer and finished my blog. It was only 11:30, and I wanted to post exactly at midnight, so I lined up the arrow on my cursor with the send button, all ready to go at the stroke of Christmas.

I’m not sure what happened next…I think I fell asleep. I looked at the clock which said 3:00 and thinking I’d missed my deadline, my heart began to sink. Then I looked at my computer screen which said “Message sent at 12:00 midnight”, and finally at Whoppy and Streaker, who had these weird little smiles on their faces!” 

 

 

hearts2                                                                                                                          copy-of-catzapoppin-0453That’s right…..This year we’ve added 69 more clips to the list of the top Christmas videos and call it 99 CHRISTMAS MUSIC VIDEOS. It now includes the NEW MILEY CYRUS, Nat “King” Cole, THE RAD DUDES, Bing, Elvis, JOSH GROBAN and songs from NOEL, NEW ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS, “A Charlie Brown Christmas“, Aretha, PAUL EVANS, Jingle Cats, ALAN O’DAY, Neil Diamond, LENNON, Band-Aid, CHRIS BROWN “THIS CHRISTMAS”, Enya, Carpenters, NEW JULIANNE HOUGH, Brenda Lee, Beach Boys, NEW ARCHIES, Sponge Bob, Perry Como, and so much more! HOURS AND HOURS OF FAMILY FUN with the original Christmas music clips and new Christmas Video animations! You can find it here for FREE!

If You want more just click on to the titles below… 

 NOOKIE’S TOP HANUKKAH VIDEOS!

 

NEW CHRISTMAS MUSIC VIDEOS!

 

CHRISTMAS, HANUKKAH, AND HOLIDAY VIDEOS!

 

CLICK HERE FOR A LAST MINUTE FREE GIF IDEA!

 

YOU STILL WANT MORE? Then click onto THE STORY BEHIND THE MOTOWN CHRISTMAS ALBUM…the classic album that almost never saw the light of day. Diana Ross, The Miracles, The Supremes, The Temptations, The Jackson Five, Stevie Wonder, and Michael Jackson all contributed to one of the greatest  albums of all time, THE MOTOWN CHRISTMAS ALBUM. It is also the story of how George Clinton, Jr. and I wrote “Little Christmas Tree” for Michael Jackson. Read all about it here.  

 

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See the video that former MTV veejay Adam Curry remembers as being a “huge it on MTV” when it was featured on the front page of Mevio. CHRISTMAS IN MALIBU–NOW A CERTIFIED CULT CLASSIC!” 

 

MERRY CHRISTMAS…ENJOY TO THE WORLD!

Artie Wayne On The Web…
Whoppy And Streaker On The Couch!
                                                                 

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Copyright 2008 by Artie Wayne                 https://artiewayne.wordpress.com/about-artie-wayne

 

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What started off as a way to promote a Christmas song I co-wrote for Michael Jackson, 35 years ago, has snowballed into an internet sensation! Last year, I put up a list of 99 Top Christmas Music Videos For Free, including Michael’s “Little Christmas Tree“, on my website, and here are some of the comments I got from Alicia Keys, Scott Shannon, Ron Dante, Steve Binder and more

Alicia Keys (singer/songwriter) says: “Great job, thank you!”

Scott Shannon (DJ on WPLJ/ True Oldies Channel) says: “ARTIE, GOOD IDEA,, JUST LET ‘EM KNOW THAT WE PLAY THE GREATEST CHRISTMAS HITS OF ALL TIME,,, MIXED IN WITH OUR NORMAL OLDIES FROM 59 THRU 74……FROM NOW TILL DEC 26TH….WHAT IS THE EASIEST WAY TO DIRECT MY MILLIONS OF LISTENERS TO YOUR CHRISTMAS VIDEOS?”

Ron Dante (The Archies) says: “Thanks Artie, Great Stuff for Christmas as usual…..You rock my friend…”

Steve Binder (director of “ELVIS ’68” Comeback special) says: “Thanks for including the Presley “Blue Christmas” on your Christmas list. I remember him singing it like it was yesterday.”

Joe Klein(Founder of New Media Creative) says: “A collection like this couldn’t have come at a better time. We could all use a little more Christmas spirit right now, and this list is bursting with holiday cheer.”


That’s right…..This year I’ve added more clips and call it
99CHRISTMASMUSICVIDEOS. It now includes the NEW JUSTIN BIEBER,, Nat “King” Cole, THE RAD DUDES, Bing, Elvis, JOSH GROBAN and songs from NOEL, NEW ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS, elvis,PAUL EVANS, Jingle Cats, ALAN O’DAY, Neil Diamond, LENNON, Band-Aid, CHRIS BROWN “THIS CHRISTMAS”, NEW JULIANNE HOUGH, Brenda Lee, NEW ARCHIES, and so much more! HOURS AND HOURS OF FAMILY FUN with the original Christmas music clips and new Christmas Video animations! You can find it here for FREE!

If you like 99 CHRISTMAS MUSIC VIDEOS, please feel free to share it with a friend….but if you really LOVE it, please feel free to send the link to your entire address book!

MERRYCHRISTMAS…ENJOY TO THE WORLD! Artie Wayne On The Web

YOU SAY YOU WANT MORE? Then check out THE STORY BEHIND THE MOTOWNCHRISTMAS ALBUM …the classic album that almost never saw the light of day. Diana Ross, The Miracles, The Supremes, The Temptations, The Jackson Five, Stevie Wonder, and Michael Jackson all contributed to one of the greatest Christmas albums of all time. It is also the story of how George Clinton, Jr. and I wrote “Little Christmas Tree” for Michael Jackson. 

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