November 21, 2011
Okay, I admit it…I was/am a ruthless self promoter. When I moved to California in 1971 and became general professional manager of Warner Brothers music, I did everything I could to get noticed by the show business community. I would sit by the pool of the Beverly hills hotel and have my secretary page me every few minutes, so the luminaries would know who I was. I also became friendly with members of the Paparazzi, who would take my picture chatting and mingling with the stars.
I remember being at a party with Barbra Streisand and Ryan O’Neil, who hadn’t made their affair public yet. My photographer friend, Andy Kent, snapped a picture of the three of us, which prompted Ryan to beat the shit out of him. I don’t know how Andy did it, but the film was saved and made it to the cover of the National Enquire the following week! ( Andy sued and got a handsome settlement. )
Later that week, I wasn’t able to attend Barbra’s session for “Since I Fell For You” which was in Warner Brothers,”What’s up Doc?”, for fear she would recognize me.
I didn’t see her again until the late 80′s when she came into Allan Rinde’s, Genghis Cohen, a chinese restaurant in a Jewish neighborhood, which I named and hosted. My longtime friend and sometime song writing partner, Richard Baskin came in with Barbra, who was his girlfriend at the time. As Richard and I caught up on old times, she checked out the menu, nervously reminding Richard that their recording session, which he was producing at Cherokee studios across the street, started in 10 minutes.
He told her not to worry because the restaurant would deliver it. I explained to Richard that we didn’t have delivery service. He looked disappointed, but said, “We’re right across the street…Artie, if you bring it over yourself then you can hear what I’ve been cutting with Barbra.” How could I refuse an offer like that, besides my friend Dee Robb, who also owns the studio was engineering the date.
Twenty minutes later, I took a couple of our dinner specials and six egg rolls across the street to the studio. they seemed happy to see me and Barbara stopped the playback to check out the order. Suddenly, the mood changed as she looked over the bill. She was outraged at the price of egg rolls at $1.75 each! She went on and on how the price of our egg rolls were a rip-off, while Richard, Dee and I just looked at each other…then broke out laughing! I reminded her that since the studio was costing $300.00 an hour and she had spent 10 minutes ranting, these were going to be the most expensive eggrolls in history!
After she calmed down and paid the bill, Richard told her about my background in publishing. She asked for a playback of a song she had co-written and asked me for my opinion. I was really impressed and told her how much I admired the song and her underated talent as a writer. Her eyes lit up and for the moment the price of egg rolls was almost forgotten…almost.
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Artie Kornfeld “The Father Of Woodstock” says, “…God Bless you Artie for keeping the music alive!”
Author/ publicist Bob Levinson says,” Dunno if I’m repeating myself here, but want to make sure you know I classify your book as a “must read” for anybody who was in the music business or interested in the music business when it was more about the music than about the business. Gone are the days; shamefully, they ain’t coming back anytime soon.
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Joel Diamond Producer, Says, “Classic pictures Artie…how lucky we are to have had contact and know some of these people first hand who could never be “duplicated” again in our industry…”
Patti Dahlstrom Singer/songwriter, adds, “So exciting and great pictures..but not as good as the stories inside. So many will love this book!”
I love the songs you got to us. “HEAVY CHURCH”, “PLAY SOMETHING SWEET”, “LET ME SERENADE YOU”, FREEDOM FOR THE STALLION”, and “EASY EVIL”, The fans have put together a few videos for you!
Chuck Negron…3 DOG NIGHT http://www.threedognight.com/index.html
I ENJOY READING ABOUT THE JOURNEY MUSIC HAS TAKEN AND THE WONDERFUL STORIES SURROUNDING IT. KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK.
STEVE CROPPER (“DOCK OF THE BAY”, IN THE MIDNIGHT HOUR”) http://www.playitsteve.com/home.html
Stephen-Craig Aristei , independent film and TV music supervisor comments, “The pictures and the stories are all “greats”…When people read your book, they will realize how each and everyone of their lives was touched in some way, by what you did…We were a part of the industry when “people had fun” with what they did….Joel is right when he says “we are all so lucky to have had contact with so many of these people”…..I was blessed to work with, fight with and have success with many of the true “greats” of our industry….And Artie, you are one of them…You are truly the last of that breed of creative individual who truly make the music and the business great….you are one of the “Last of the Greats” ! ! Everyone who has ever loved music, needs to read your book….!”
Bernadette Carroll Says: As Clay Cole said it best “Weren’t We Something”….Thanks Artie!”
Barry Oslander Producer Says, “Artie like you, I have been waiting for this day since I read your book months before it came out and read it in one day…. Your a man who just wrote some more music history which in turn will bring bring back many minds to dreaming of the good old days and the way it was in the days when the music biz was great and we all were starting out and were friends joined by the music in our blood….Good luck with your book.”
Jerry Ross Producer (Bobby Hebb, Keith, Spanky and our Gang) comments, “Artie: New York Yankees 1930….
Lefty Gomez made the well known comment: “I’d rather be lucky than good”
You are blessed to be lucky; being in the right place at the right time, and so good at what you have accomplished…Congrats on your book!!!”
book.The title reflects the the entire mentality of the business in an
era that produced more classic music and creativity then in any other
time in it’s history.The book reveals how it all went down through the
journey of one man …..
“Artie, I got your book last night and read much of it through the night you have one incredible career. It’s an honor that you put me in your book literally in the same sentence with Paul Simon… How cool is that! I played a very, very, very small part, but what a part it was. You stopped by my office, at E B Marks Music and my ears heard that Joey Powers demo, Meet Me at Midnight Mary, and it was then I told you, that’s a hit, master it just the way it is. It was then that I told you to take it over to Amy Records. You did that … added a bass and the rest is history. Wow!”
Tony DiGirolamo email@example.com
Good to hear from you Artie. I love the songs you got to us. “HEAVY CHURCH”, “PLAY SOMETHING SWEET”, “LET ME SERENADE YOU”, FREEDOM FOR THE STALLION”, and “EASY EVIL”, The fans have put together a few videos for you!
Chuck Negron…3 DOG NIGHT http://www.threedognight.com/index.html
Ed Silvers former CEO WARNER BROTHERS MUSICsays, “Forever a great promoter/publisher/writer, Artie has been my artist, my friend, and co-writer through many years of music business. It has always been more than fun to work together!! I wish we lived closer to one another”
Mike Millius Says: “Dude, The best and most realistic Woodstock Experience I’ve ever read. Honest in it’s telling and observations.
HAVE KNOWN ARTIE WAYNE SINCE THE EARLY AND COLORFUL DAYS ON BROADWAY IN NYC, WHEN WE RUBBED ELBOWS..I BELIEVE HE USED TO BE AFFECTIONATELY KNOWN AS ‘THE SHADOW’ BECAUSE OF THE OUTRAGEOUS HAT AND CAPE-LIKE COAT HE USED TO WEAR..ARTIE HAS DEDICATED HIMSELF TO KEEPING US INFORMED MUSICALLY FROM HIS BROAD LIFE EXPERIENCE IN MUSIC AND LIFE, AND HIS COLLECTED RESPECT FROM MANY OF US WHO HE HAS WRITTEN ABOUT.
FROM ANOTHER BROADWAY SURVIVOR..LARRY, ‘RHINESTONE RABBI’ WEISS.
Your story needs to be told via a film, or even a TV mini-series. It is fascinating!
peggy santiglia davison (The Angels) Says: “Hey Artie, I always knew you were talented and smart and the Blog is great. It’s so interesting to me because even though many of us were in the thick of it, we didn’t always know what others were thinking or doing behind the scenes. Maybe that’s my take as a performer since I was on the “road” so much back then, but it is facinating to read the stories. Even just reading the comment list, I see the names of some very long ago business and personal friends and it brings back many memories, mostly good:-). Much success to you in all your future endeavors.
Peggy/The Angels/The Delicates
I skimmed through the book the first time around but now I’ll eat up every word. Thanks for the great ride…and please don’t leave.
“Artie,Those were the days when our business was exciting every day.. I remember so well of what you wrote in your terrific book.. I miss those days & your weekly visits to our office at 1697 Broadway. We have great memories…”
Jay Siegel-The Tokens
Linda Perry Says: “Been a long time. So happy to hear you don’t miss a beat. You keep us all informed. Congratulations to a great guy.
ann munday Says, “It’s amazing to me that you and I have known each other over 31 years now!
We were such children when we first met!
Congratulations on your passing another milestone. I know how hard you work, and I know how hard it all is for you physically and you’re truly amazing!”
Laura Pinto http://oldiesconnection.blogspot.com/
Bobbi Cowan PUBLICIST Says: “Hey Artie…Adding my congratulations to the growing list of your fans…and the unique perspective you bring to a business that no longer exists.”
Don Charles Says: “Congrats, Artie! I’m convinced your blog was instrumental in getting Ellie Greenwich (posthumously) and Jeff Barry inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Thank you.”
“Artie, I’m loving your book and literally could not put it down until Chapter 22 when nature finally came knocking after my drinking an inordinate amount of coffee. Your writing style is lively and conversational. In a previous incarnation as a journalist I learned to “Write like you talk unless you’re from the Bronx.” It appears that you have come along and totally dispelled that adage. I love the story about your standing-up and telling a roomful of people that you don’t have to accept being exploited merely because you’re black; and nobody in the room was even aware of your racial make-up. Too funny. So much for the argument, right?”
Mark L. Ostrovsky
Richard Kimball Says: “Congrats Artie..Obviously you have waaaaaay too much time on your hands!!!!!”
Ash Wells Says: “Congrats Artie!! Truly always awesome & Informative stories which I love to read. Keep Goin’ Strong.. Love Your Work!”
All the best,
Roger McGuinn THE BYRDS
: “Artie, you’re a consummate story teller and because we can track your personal history in tandem with the history of rock and roll. You were there, you’re honest about both your failures and triumphs. You da man! Proud to be your friend.”
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February 20, 2009
Maybe it’s me, but there doesn’t seem to be as many memorable Oscar winning songs as there once was. I remember the first music clip I ever saw was when I was 5 years old, “Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah” from Walt Disney’s “Song Of The South”, which is now considered politically incorrect. When I located the long banned clip, my hands were sweating and my throat was dry as I clicked on the URL. But instead of seeing “Tar Babies” shuffling at the “Massa’s feet”, I saw a grandfathery African-American who was telling a story to a bunch of cartoon characters. I know the rest of the film is racist, filled with stereotypical embarrassing characters, but I’m willing to open my mind up and enjoy this great clip anyway.
“ZIP-A-DEE-DOO-DAH” 1947 original clip from “Song Of The South” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LcxYwwIL5zQ
NOW HERE ARE 29 MORE VIDEOS OF OSCAR WINNING SONGS IN NO PARTICULAR ORDER …
“OVER THE RAINBOW” 1939 by Judy Garland from “The Wizard Of Oz” http://video.aol.com/video-detail/judy-garland-over-the-rainbow-extrait-du-magicien-doz/288230387787502145/?icid=VIDURVENT08
“TIME OF MY LIFE” 1987 by Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes from, “Dirty Dancing” Clip of final scene http://video.aol.com/video-detail/dirty-dancing-final-dance-scene/354628236
“TAKE MY BREATH AWAY” 1986 by Berlin (with clips from “Top Gun”) http://seductiveye.com/berlin-take-my-breath-away-official-video-top-gun
“UP WHERE WE BELONG” by Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes from “Officer and a Gentleman” (with clips from the film) http://www.imeem.com/people/4Nvmmj8/video/bgjJGYJj/joe_cocker_and_jennifer_warnes_up_where_we_belong_an_office/
I was happy for my friend Paul Williams when he won the Oscar for this next song, I was happy for myself when my longtime friend and sometime songwriting partner Art Munson, gave me the acoustic guitar he played on Barbra Streisand’s record. “EVERGREEN” 1976 by Barbra Streisand from “A Star Is Born” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pmxCPkvaszs&feature=related
“THE WAY WE WERE” 1973 Barbra Streisand (with Film clips) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n-KPGh3wysw
I’ve known lyricist Tim Rice since he worked at EMI in London as an assistant to producer Bob Barrett. When I met him again it was to celebrate the success of “Jesus Christ Superstar”, which he wrote with Andrew Lloyd Webber that Don Williams, Allan Rinde and I broke in the US.Here is one of Tim’s best collaborations, with Elton John. “CAN YOU FEEL THE LOVE TONIGHT?” 1994 by Elton John http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PkGDrV_2ehI
“HIGH HOPES” 1959 Here’s my Spectropop pal, Eddie Hodges (Featuring Frank Sinatra) from “Hole In The Head” http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=1910692123619089668
“SECRET LOVE” 1953 by Doris Day from “Calamity Jane” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W8Ar9Q0Eru4
“BUTTONS AND BOWS” 1948 by Bob Hope and Jane Russell in “Paleface” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JvqRMEdU8Kk
I’ll never forget the Thanksgiving I spent with Patti Dahlstrom and Maureen McGovern, both 20th Century Records artists, over at promotion head Paul Lovelace’s house. Paul cooked dinner for us, as we also celebrated Maureen’s record going to #1, which was written by my long time friend Al Kasha and his partner Joel Hirschorn.
“THE MORNING AFTER” 1972 by Maureen McGovern from ‘Poseidon Adventure” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EH2hWwD5Qfg&feature=related
I’m Proud to say that I once signed lyricist Will Jennings to an exclusive songwriting contract when I was running Irving/Almo Music. Here’s Celine Dion, and the biggest song of all time…“MY HEART WILL GO ON” 1997 from “TITANIC” http://www.dailymotion.com/relevance/search/titanic/video/xziua_celine-diontitanic-my-heart-will-go_music
“TRUE LOVE” Bing Crosby and Grace Kelly from “High Society”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m4awCZr7GwY
“YOU LIGHT UP MY LIFE” 1977 by Debbie Boone http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gn4Kfvxczs0
When my ex-wife Jeanette, who was film producer Don Simpson’s personal assistant, asked me if I’d like to hear the soundtrack to the latest Bruckheimer/Simpson film, I was beside myself! Don and I worked together when he was Joe Boyd’s assistant in the film department at Warner Brothers. We used to talk about the similarities between “hooks” in hit songs and “hooks” in movies, which put its entire premise in the title itself. Without question Don Simpson was the king of high concept movie titles! And here’s one of his greatest triumphs. “FLASHDANCE” 1983 by Irene Cara http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FeZ5R3C5bzs
Just before I moved to California, Richard Baskin, who was starring on Broadway in “Hair”, brings his fellow cast mate Keith Carradine over to my house to meet me. During the course of the evening Keith plays a song he’s just written that I keep asking to hear over and over again. A few years down the line when Richard becomes musical director on Robert Altman’s “Nashville” he has Keith sing it in the film. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6KZ8PRWChb8
I became friendly with Stephen Schwartz (“Godspell”, “Pippin”) when I was trying to make a publishing deal with him at Warner Brothers Music. Both of us were rebels, who once tried to get into New York’s posh “21” without a tie! This rejection made us stronger, and might even had prompted Stephen to write “Colors Of The Wind’ 2005 from Disney’s “Pocahantas http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x57ymf_disney-pocahontas-colors-of-the-win_music in French
http://reneelau.multiply.com/video/item/20/20 In Cantonese
One day while I was loading my car with groceries at the Mayfair Market in Hollywood, my pal, Gary LeMel who was running the Warner Brothers Film Department, came over to me barely able to contain himself! He said he just got Lionel Ritchie (“Dancing’ On The Ceiling”, “Hello”) to write and record the main song for the film “White Knights” starring Gregory Hines and Mikhail Baryshnikov. Lionel was at the top of his game as well at the top of the charts, and when Gary played me the cassette of the record that was about to be released, I could see why he was so excited!
“SAY YOU, SAY ME” by Lionel Ritchie from “White Knights” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CCCONFXdib0
“I JUST CALLED TO SAY I LOVE YOU” by Stevie Wonder in “Lady In Red” http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xb31m_stevie-wonder
I once asked Carol Bayer Sager why there were so many writers on “Arthur’s Theme” and she explained that she been carrying a line our pal Peter Allen had once told her “Caught between the moon and New York City”. She told the line to her partner Burt Bacharach who was writing the score for the Dudley Moore movie, “Arthur”, then Christopher Cross (“Sailing”) put the icing on the cake when he recorded it.
“Arthur’s Theme” by Christopher Cross http://www.dailymotion.com/relevance/search/clip+80%27s/video/x6oh9_christopher-cross-arthurs-theme_music
“LOSE YOURSELF” 2002 by Eminem from “Eight Mile” http://beta.dailymotion.com/video/xrp3k_lose-yourself-eminem-sur-fontaine-t_music
To get a complete list of writer and composer credits for the Oscar winning songs http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Academy_Award_for_Best_Original_Song
To reach Art Munson http://over50music.com