After reconnecting with a lot people from my past and making new friends on Facebook, I discovered that many were more productive than ever in music, while some had expanded their horizons into other fields. Here are some things I’ve seen and heard that’s impressed me.

My old friend, Ann Munday, who used to run Chrysalis Music in the US, has posted some of her excellent Artwork. She says,“You know that time at school, when you’re supposed to work out what you want to do. My passion was painting. Home life was a nightmare and the art classroom was where I spent as much time as possible. Except for the first 2 months working for a bank, all jobs I took, related to art in some way. And I ended up in the art dept of Charles Hansen music books. From there the music biz fed my creative need, working with songwriters and artists.” The watercolor, “Tea with Klee”, I painted as a gift for my sister in law and brother living in the UK, as a thank you for my visit.”

When I saw some of Ann’s artwork, I thought it would a great way to kick off my list this year of last minute gift suggestions. She has limited editions of her work available. To see more and get more information you can contact Ann Munday at ann.munday@gmail.com

ART MUNSON OVER50MUSIC.COM

My longtime friend and sometime collaborator, Art Munson has an excellent website where you can find new and old releases from “demographically challenged artists” (anyone older than Miley Cyrus). You can also access “The Music Library Report” his wildly popular new free service where music creators rate music libraries.  http://over50music.com

Alicia Keys, who’s a fan of WHOPPY AND STREAKER”S 99 CHRISTMAS MUSIC VIDEOS, has a new album that would fit nicely under anybody’s tree. Here’s the first single “It Doesn’t Mean Anything”

ALLEE WILLIS

Who knew that songwriter Allee Willis (“Boogie Wonderland”, “I’ll Be There For You” (the theme from “Friends”) would someday have a museum dedicated to “Kitsch”? Many of her own remarkable works of art are available here. http://www.alleewillis.com/

ARTIE KORNFELD “PIED PIPER OF WOODSTOCK”

My old pal Artie, in his new book, “The Pied Piper of Woodstock”, not only gives us the inside scoop on his songwriting career (“Dead Man’s Curve”, “The Rain, The Park, and Other Things”), but also how he and his partner Michael Lang created the cultural event of our generation, WOODSTOCK 1969. http://www.artiekornfeld-woodstock.com/


HILLBILLY HOLLYWOOD

In addition to being inducted this year into the Bluegrass Hall of Fame, Doug Dillard of the Dillards, has one of the best sites for everything country on the web called “Hillbilly Hollywood”. He and his wife Vikki Salee are always turning me on to something interesting! hillbillyhollywood@comcast.net

B. J. THOMAS

One of the top singers of our generation, B.J. Thomas (“Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head”, “Hooked On A Feeling”) has a great new CD out that’s worth at least a hundred listens. “ONCE I LOVED”, Includes a remake of “Rock and Roll Lullaby”.

KENNY SCHAFFER TV2ME

Now thanks to inventor Kenny Schaffer (Wireless Guitar and Wireless Microphone) you can take your TV programs with you everywhere you go!

Move every channel of your home TV across the Internet to where you are. Only TV2Me can bring you a picture of this quality and clarity. TV2Me has been crafted and produced since 2003 by the company that created the concept of placeshifting. Kenny will talk to personally and even arrange  a free demonstration on line! http://www.tv2me.com/

Michael Buble posted his new video up on Facebook several times. Since then “Haven’t Met You Yet”, has become my favorite! Here it is from his Number One Album “CRAZY LOVE”

And finally here’s an idea for a one of a kind Christmas Card you can have for free! I’ve gotten hundreds of e-mails asking permission to send out my video of a song I co-wrote for Michael Jackson “Little Christmas Tree” (Clinton Jr./Wayne) as a Christmas card.

Here’s the video, directed by Sebastian Prooth. If you like it please feel free to share it with a friend, but if you LOVE it feel free to share it with your entire address book!

“Little Christmas Tree” by Michael Jackson is available at http://over50music.com

Merry Christmas,  ENJOY To The World! From Artie Wayne On The Web https://artiewayne.wordpress.com/about-artie-wayne/

THE STORY BEHIND MICHAEL JACKSON”S “LITTLE CHRISTMAS TREE” https://artiewayne.wordpress.com/2009/06/29/michael-jackson-and-the-story-behind-little-christmas-tree/

WHOPPY AND STREAKER’S 99 CHRISTMAS MUSIC VIDEOS https://artiewayne.wordpress.com/2007/11/13/the-top-the-best-and-the-greatest-christmas-music-videos/

Copyright 2009 by Artie Wayne https://artiewayne.wordpress.com/2009/07/12/thank-you-for-one-million-hits/

To reach Alicia Keys http://www.aliciakeys.com/

Sebastian Prooth http://tektrekgamer.wordpress.com/

B. J. Thomas http://www.bjthomas.com/

Michael Buble http://www.michaelbuble.com/

Art Munson http://over50music.com

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I grew up listening toTop 40 music, where I could hear Pop, R&B, Country and oldies side by side. Today, to get that kind of diversity from one place is impossible , so now I must get my music from many different sources.

I’ve made a list of TOP TEN “OLDIES” AND NEW MUSIC WEBSITES!, which I hope you enjoy. Here they are in no particular order.  

 

SPECTROPOP

Spectropop… One of the main reasons I joined Spectropop, was the appreciation, by its members, of the well-crafted Pop song, the kind that dominated the Top 40 charts in the 1960s. The site is full of information and entertainment that has brought me back dozens of times this year! I personally want to thank Mick Patrick for helping to create and maintain one of the best interactive music sites on the web. http://spectropop.com   

 

Here’s the last interview producer, Hank Medress (“The Lion Sleeps Tonight’, “He’s So Fine”, “Tie A Yellow Ribbon”) did before he passed away, which ran first on Spectropop. http://www.spectropop.com/HankMedress/index.htm 

 

 

COVERVILLE

Coverville…Creator and host, Brian Ibbott, is one of the most consistent podcasters around. His twice weekly show spotlights new covers of older songs, never cease to amaze me! This week is his 516th show (all of which are downloadable). Make sure to check out the archives http://coverville.com

 

 

FORGOTTEN HITS

Kent Kotal, has put together quite a remarkable website…I’ll let him describe it, “If you’re tired of the same old 200 oldies being drummed into your head over and over and over and over again…then GET ON THE LIST!!! Forgotten Hits is a free online oldies music newsletter that allows oldies music fans the opportunity to share their memories right alongside those of the deejays, who keep this music alive, as well as many of the great artists who created this great music in the first place.”

 

Just click onto http://forgottenhits.com for more information and http://forgottenhits60s.blogspot.com/  to see new postings and features.

 

 

SCOTT SHANNON TRUE OLDIES CHANNEL

My pal from the past, Scott Shannon, not only is the top “Oldies” DJ in America, with over a million listeners, but he’s become a champion of an era of music that is being systematically eliminated on radio. The pursuit of younger listeners by advertisers, is resulting in part of our musical history being all but wiped out. Check out Scott’s website. http://www.trueoldieschannel.com/html/what.html

 

MTV.COM

MTV is the pioneer in pop videos where you can see videos on line from early in the morning…until a little later in the morning. They are a bit heavy on puke-inducing alleged reality shows like “The Hills”, and the search for a new best friend by Paris Hilton, but you still can keep up with the latest hits as well as the drama on “Making The Band”. http://www.mtv.com/

 

Three of my MTV video favorites this week are from David Archuleta “Crush” http://www.mtv.com/overdrive/?artist=3080429&vid=278040

 

NEW EXCLUSIVE! Beyonce and her latest “Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)” http://www.mtv.com/overdrive/?id=1518071&vid=288236

 

UNEDITED! UNCENSORED! Britney Spears, “Womanizer”, http://www.mtv.com/overdrive/?id=1518072&vid=288244 

 

 

VHI.COM

VH1 is the equivalent of an MOR or Adult Contemporary station with very little rap, and a better quality of pop songs. They have some the coarsest shows on reality TV like “I Love Money”, “Rock Of Love” and “Charm School”. They probably have shows like “What’s Your STD?”, and “Who’s Your Baby’s Daddy” waiting in the wings. They also routinely have music specials that are pretty good, but my favorite show is the Top 20 video countdown. Check it out. http://www.vh1.com/

 

My VH1 faves this week are, NEW! “If I Were A Boy” by Beyonce, “What About Now? by Daughtry, “Single” by New Kids On The Block, and NEW! Katy Perry Video, “Hot And Cold”. On the left hand side of the VH1 Homepage, you can click onto the titles you’d like to see.

 

 

BET.COM

BET…The Black Entertainment network is a bit rap heavy, but diverse within the Genre. It’s also one of the few places where you can see the latest R&B videos. One of my favorite shows is “106th street And Park”, with its Top Ten Countdown hosted by the foxy, Rocsi and some guy. The site also archives favorite old videos of current chartmakers like Usher, Ciara, and TI, which has given me a new perspective on enigmatic artists like Tupac Shakur. Click http://bet.com go to videos…music and check it out.

 

CMT.COM

CMT…Country Music Television plays the best country videos. I haven’t been able to get it here the desert, for a year, so I can’t recommend any thing new. http://cmt.com

 

OVER 50 MUSIC. COM

My longtime friend songwriter/ producer musician, Art Munson has put together a website that features music and articles of interest to our generation. He also is writing about his firsthand experiences as a musician, playing with Dick Dale as one of the Deltones, working on sessions with Glenn Campbell, and producing the Blossoms. I can’t wait to hear some of his stories about playing on Phil Spector and Righteous Brothers sessions, or when he played with Jimi Hendrix.

http://over50music.com

 

 

RONNIE ALLEN OLDIES ARCHIVES

My Spectropop pal, Ronnie Allen, internet DJ, has put 65 of his best interviews online with the stars, and the people behind the scenes, who shaped the music of the ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s. Ronnie Allen is located at the Jersey Girls Sing site, and if you click onto the marquee with his name on it, you’ll see a list of his archives, which include rare interviews with Bob Crewe and Roy Orbison. 

http://jerseygirlssing.com/index.html

 

 

LAURA PINTOS OLDIES CONNECTION

Laura calls her remarkable site, “the one-stop-shopping place to catch up with all your favorite actively touring artists from the ‘50s, ‘60s, and ‘70s. We cover the light pop music, ot the culture, not the politics, not TV, or the movies…just Rock&Roll!  Click onto http://lpintop.tripod.com/oldiesconnection/

 

 

If you have more sites that I should write about, please leave the info below in the comments section along with a url of the site..

 

Thanks and regards, Artie https://artiewayne.wordpress.com/about-artie-wayne/

 

See what Tina Fey and Tracy Morgan were talking about when they mentioned our feature “If It’s On The Internet It’s Gotta Be True!” on their EMMY award winning show “30 Rock” last season! Here’s the latest installment. https://artiewayne.wordpress.com/2008/10/16/1842/

 

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