LAST YEAR WHEN I NEEDED A SPECIAL GRAPHIC FOR THE FOURTH OF JULY I CALLED MY FRIEND DON ORIOLO, WHO DRAWS FELIX THE CAT, TO SEE IF HE HAD ANYTHING ON HAND THAT I COULD USE. HE SAID HE DIDN’T, BUT IN THE NEXT FEW HOURS HE PAINTED THE ABOVE PIECE FOR ME AND EMAILED IT TO ME IN TIME FOR THE HOLIDAY…THEN A FEW WEEKS LATER HE GAVE ME THE ORIGINAL ARTWORK!!!

THANK YOU AGAIN, MAY YOU AND FELIX HAVE A SAFE AND SANE 4th of JULY! http://felixthecat.com

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SONGWRITER SPOTLIGHT

Since the early 60′s, Burt Bacharach has been one of the most innovative and influencial figures in popular music. His unique melodies and signature rythyms also made him one of the most imitated musicians of all times. With various lyricists, he racked up an early array of hits that included, “Tower Of Strength”, “Baby It’s You”, “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance”, “Any Day Now”, “Only Love Can Break A Heart”, “Blue On Blue”, “Anyone Who Had A Heart” and “Walk On By”.

I always felt a thrill just to be in his presence! I would see him at a party or a music business function and go over and introduce myself. This happened so often that after about the fifth or sixth time I did it, he stopped me, smiled and said, “I know…I know you’re Artie Wayne!” This not only made me feel good, but I felt validated!

He was not only a musical role model, but a personal one as well. He was probably one of the coolest people I’ve ever known, with his sunglasses on top of his premature white hair he always seemed to be dressed for a tennis game or a polo match! I also noticed all of the beautiful women that would fawn over him and it made me realize that you didn’t have to be a Rock Star to get that kind of attention!

In 1963, after I had my first hit as a songwriter and producer, “Meet Me At Midnight Mary” ( Raleigh/ Wayne) with Joey Powers, I called up Burt to see if he had any songs for the follow-up. I met him in his office at Famous music, in the Brill Building and he played me a new song he and Hal David had written, “Message To Martha” (which later became a smash in the UK by Adam Faith and a hit in the US by Dionne Warwick, re-titled, “Message To Michael”)

I loved the song, but I thought it was a bit too complex for Joey Power’s simple folk musical direction we were taking. I felt really weird turning down the song, but Burt was cool and said don’t worry about it. A few months later, I ran into him on my first trip to London, where he was the musical director on Marlena Dietrich’s concert tour, we had a drink and laughed about my embarrasment over turning down one of his songs.

The next time I saw him was in 1965, I was signed to Scepter records publishing company, as a songwriter and producer. I was encouraged to use the studio as often as I wanted for overdubbing and making demos of my songs to help break-in the studio. I produced or co-produced The Shirelles , The Kingsmen and the Guess Who, there which made the owner, Florence Greenberg, more confident in her new facility. At that point, she offered Burt Bacharach and Hal David, a chance to try her new, improved studio out.

I remember Burt and Hal had trouble mixing Dionne Warwick’s, “Are You There With Another Girl” at the original studio where they cut the track, and they decided to try out Scepter. I remember being in my office the day of the “Great New York City Blackout “…when the lights all over our building were dimming then getting brighter! Burt and Hal, after mixing for hours, ran out of the studio screaming, ” What the Hell’s going on ? We almost had it…We almost had the mix! Then machine started slowing down then stared speeding up!”

Tempers cooled, when we looked out the window and saw lights in the entire city dim…then go black! Florence’s son Stanley, who was head of A+R, as well as being totally blind from birth, yelled out, “Don’t worry, I’ll get us all out of here…JUST FOLLOW ME!”

About 20 of us, with Stanley leading the pack, managed to get down several flights of stairs, in total darkness, safely and without incident. It was an event that I’m sure none of us will never forget!

FORGIVENESS


   As Patti Dahlstrom and I spoke a few days ago about the power and need for forgiveness in our personal lives and in the world at large, I thought it might be time to bring this concept to Artie Wayne on the Web. Patti assisted me in gathering a beginning to this conversation. I welcome you thoughts and contributions to a 2nd edition on Forgiveness. Perhaps you have a personal or favorite story or spiritual quote about forgiveness in your life. I look forward to hearing from you and perhaps it will become a regular column here to help support each other in remembering this humbling behavior.

      Patti:


I am very blessed to know these men quoted here, Mick Brown and Colin Tipping. They are both English, brilliant, talented authors of many books. Their spiritual curiosity has led them down fascinating paths. Asking for input on forgiveness, they graciously complied with a story and an understanding of this extremely profound act, so necessary in this world. LInks are provided, if you are interested in more information about the work of these men.


Forgiveness


From Mick Brown:


When Tibetans escape from Tibet into India, to escape the Chinese oppression in their country, the first thing they always do is make their way to Dharamsala, to be in the presence of the Dalai Lama. The Dalai Lama tells the story of one elderly monk who had been imprisoned by the Chinese for a number of years, and been subjected to all manner of indignities and torture, including having electric cattle prods pushed in his mouth.

You must have had many fears, the Dalai Lama said to the monk.

He replied. “My greatest fear was that I would lose my compassion for the Chinese.”
Mick Brown
English author and journalist
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mick_Brown_(journalist)

 

Artie:
THERE ARE TIMES IN OUR LIVES WHEN WE MUST LET GO OF PAINFUL MEMORIES AND EXPERIENCES THAT HAVE BEEN HOLDING US BACK. HERE IS A EASY WAY TO GET STARTED TO MOVE FORWARD AGAIN… THROUGH COLIN TIPPING’S RADICAL FORGIVENESS.

 RADICAL FORGIVENESS
If you harbor a grievance that you want rid of quickly and easily, or you’re holding onto some anger about something that’s giving you a lot of pain then Radical Forgiveness is what you need. It really works and the results are amazing. Unlike conventional forgiveness which is difficult and takes forever, Radical Forgiveness is easy and fast acting. The tools simply dissolve the pain and leave you feeling peaceful and happy. The long-term benefits of Radical Forgiveness are better health, more energy, improved relationships, more prosperity, greater happiness, a lot more peace in your life, and so on.

To give you a little bit of background as to how Radical Forgiveness evolved, in the early 90s I was a therapist working with cancer patients. I needed to find a way to help them release the toxic emotions they had buried deep down in their subconscious minds that may have contributed to the formation of their disease process. This obviously called for forgiveness but we knew that conventional forgiveness took too long and was far too difficult. We recognized that it needed a form of forgiveness that was quick, easy to do,

In a nutshell Radical Forgiveness asks us to be open to the idea that, without exception, everything that happens to us in life is all part of a divine plan and meant to happen the way it does.  In that sense, from the spiritual standpoint, there is nothing to forgive.  Just being open to this idea is enough. Your own Spiritual Intelligence does the rest.  By expressing your willingness to entertain this possibility you shift the energy around the story of what happened and releases it from your body. You don’t even have to know how it works. The tools and processes it provides do it all for you.

Colin Tipping is the author of “Radical Forgiveness, A Revolutionary 5 Stage Process for Finding Peace in Any Situation” and many other books.
His Website is www.colintipping.com.

 
As part of my dissertation research for a Professional Writing Masters Degree from a London University in 2009, I interviewed an Anglican Priest in St. John’s Wood.
This is part of that interview.


Forgiveness


Patti Dahlstrom


Forgiving is hard. Speaking to Father Anders, a priest at the St. John’s Wood Anglican Church in London, I asked him what forgiveness is and why it is so difficult to do. “I‘ve gone round and round on this,” he said, “still I think forgiveness is when there is some kind of letting go inside yourself of a negative hold that a past betrayal has upon you; in forgiveness a past event ceases to have a hold on you.”
When I stated that people feel justified in their anger, Father Anders replied, “I know they do because they find their identity in their anger. That anger is reinforcing their sense of self. But they are not free; they are enslaved by that anger. Being released from that clutch so you are free is what you see in Jesus. He is incredibly free in Himself because He won’t let those resentments catch hold of him.”
It is their justification that is the tricky part. If someone has done something in word or deed to consciously hurt us, then we feel we have the “right” to be angry. Yes, but what does being “right” get one?

The minute people say, “I’m victimized” then one takes oneself out of all the bounty that is available. “You put yourself in a place that’s hard for redemption to happen, in a place in relation to evil in the world. That is what God does. God doesn’t protect, He redeems,” Father Anders revealed. Every time we think of the wrong done to us, we reinforce the pain; we re-victimize ourselves again and again turning one slight into multiple slights. And the more we replay that tape of angry thought, the worse we feel, the deeper we drive the pain, pushing it further away from the redemption we need, the freedom we seek.
We all need to forgive for our sakes, for their sakes, and for the very quality of life that is lived when love overcomes anger and hurt.  When we forgive, we release the weight of the wrong. We don’t have to carry that slight, however great or small, anymore. We lay down our burden at the throne of forgiveness. We feel better. We are better.
Being right is a lonely place to be. As long as love is more important than being right, forgiveness will find a way and lead us out of those dark moods of ego and into the welcome light of the spirit, where no one is alone.

The world is full of people. But only a handful of humans. Which one are you? ~ Lakota Proverb

MY FRIEND AND FELLOW ARCHIVIST RONNIE ALLEN JUST EMAILED ME THIS ABOUT HIS UPDATED WEBSITE!   

Artie,
 
Okay …. now you are the first to know!
 
I am sending this message to you before I inform those on my mailing list.
 
This is, of course, about an enhancement to the Jersey Girls Sing website.
 
The Jersey Girls (Denise and Bernadette) and I have just posted our re-designed “Gone But Not Forgotten Page.”
 
We are very proud of it and are determined to make it one of the best pages of its type on the Internet.
 
We intend to be very diligent in updating it (as needs arise) on a daily basis. Please note that — as I type this — we do not yet have any 2012 names in the section at the bottom (the non-musical section called “Special Remembrances.”) We will be adding names to that section shortly, probably as early as a few hours from now.
 
Our webage has some very special features. By clicking a couple of command buttons, you can instantaly sort the material three different ways: chronologically (by recency of passing, which is the default), by first name and by last name.
 
And yes, your Buddy Saltzman page is what I personally chose chose for his link. That was a no-brainer. Your page is awesome. The fact that there is no Wikipedia page on Buddy is a disgrace but, even if there were, I would still have used your page anyway!
 
Please feel free to spread the word about the page. Denise and Bernadette and I will appreciate that so very much.
 
 

NOW HERE ARE THE TOP TWENTY ALL-TIME SUMMER MUSIC VIDEO HITS! INCLUDING YOUR CHOICES!

CALIFORNIA GIRLS THE BEACH BOYS http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0a49McFOFp0

HERE COMES SUMMER by JERRY KELLER http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ox1cFEwaHic

SUM-SUM-SUMMERTIME THE JAIMIES  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xeNAgBFmJpM

HOT FUN IN THE SUMMERTIME by SLY AND THE FAMILY STONE http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ahhmiuyko0

SUMMERTIME by BILLY STEWART http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K8OD56xaY_Y&feature=related

SUMMER IN THE CITY by THE LOVIN’ SPOONFUL http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sc0F-fw3tkY

THEME FROM “SUMMER PLACE” by PERCY FAITH http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rt7SPm7N6D8

BY THE LETTERMEN http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OCJBuq1mYBw

IF YOU GOTTA’ GO…GO NOW BECAUSE THERE’S A WHOLE LOT MORE!

SUMMERTIME BLUES by Eddie Cochran  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MeWC59FJqGc

IN THE SUMMERTIME by MUNGO JERRY  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wvUQcnfwUUM&feature=related

UNDER THE BOARDWALK by THE DRIFTERS http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EPEqRMVnZNU

CALIFORNIA GURLS by KATY PERRY http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F57P9C4SAW4&feature=related

 BOYS OF SUMMER by DON HENLEY http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NfiKT1N670M

ALL SUMMER LONG by the BEACH BOYS http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2tytTebj8ic

DANCIN’ IN THE STREET by MARTHA AND THE VANDELLAS http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CdvITn5cAVc

SUDDENLY LAST SUMMER the MOTELS http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b9Ox-lGm-wA

SUMMER BREEZE by SEALS AND CROFT http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BthCLLO-PY0 

YOU WILL ALWAYS BE MY BOO by USHER and ALICIA KEYS http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fPgf2meEX1w&feature=related

A SUMMER SONG BY CHAD AND JEREMY http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9bu454Eiavw

ALL SUMMER LONG by KID ROCK http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uwIGZLjugKA

FINALLY, HERE IS MY COLLECTION OF PATRIOTIC MUSIC VIDEOS, WHICH HAS BEEN ON THE #1 PAGE IN GOOGLE SEARCH FOR THE PAST 216 WEEKS! INCLUDES ELVIS, RAY CHARLES, TOBY KEITH, JOHNNY HORTON, BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN, JAMES BROWN, WHITNEY HOUSTON, AND A DOZEN MORE! https://artiewayne.wordpress.com/2008/06/06/the-top-the-best-and-the-greatest-patriotic-music-videos/

I HOPE YOU ENJOYED THIS EDITION OF “EVERYTHING OLD IS NEWS AGAIN”.

I WANT TO THANK EVERYBODY FOR THEIR SUGGESTIONS AND A SPECIAL THANKS TO PATTI DAHLSTROM http://pattidahlstrom.com AND HUNTER GEORGE https://www.facebook.com/#!/hhuntergeorge FOR HELPING ME PUT THIS ISSUE TOGETHER.

CURRENTLY MY ONLY SOURCE OF INCOME IS FROM THE SALE OF MY BOOK. ” I DID IT FOR A SONG”, WHICH I RECEIVE IMMEDIATELY.  IF YOU LIKE WHAT I’M PUTTING TOGETHER I HOPE YOU’LL CONSIDER BUYING ONE DIRECTLY FROM ME THROUGH PAYPAL FOR ONLY $9.99 AT artiewayne@gmail.com 

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THANKS AND REGARDS, ARTIE

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Now that I’m going after the bad guys in the music business, The only thing that can keep me safe now is transparency, so I private messaged 100 of my FACEBOOK friends, and told them who the perpetrators might be in the event something happens to me.

It’s funny how many people have been screwed by the same people I have who like my idea of a CLASS ACTION AUDIT of record and publishing companies, but are afraid of retaliation.

CHECK OUT THESE THREE ARTICLES AND THE COMMENTS…IF SOMETHING SIMILAR HAS HAPPENED TO YOU, PLEASE ADD YOUR STORY TO THE REST OF THE COMMENTS …REMEMBER THERE’S POWER IN NUMBERS.

THE UNIVERSAL MUSIC GROUP https://artiewayne.wordpress.com/2011/05/24/the-first-class-action-audit-against-the-universal-music-group/

NICK ASHFORD AND VALERIE SIMPSON AT MOTOWN https://artiewayne.wordpress.com/2006/08/14/breaking-the-motown-sound-barrier-aint-no-mountain-high-enough/

FLORENCE GREENBERG AND SCEPTER RECORDS https://artiewayne.wordpress.com/2010/04/21/a-tribute-to-florence-greenberg/

EXTRA! EXTRA!……STOP THE PRESSES!! DAWN LEE WAKEFIELD OF THE NATIONAL EXAMINER.COM HAS JUST RELEASED PART TWO OF HER STORY ON ME AND MY BATTLE WITH THE MUSIC INDUSTRY!  http://www.examiner.com/classic-rock-music-in-national/the-artie-wayne-school-of-music-economics-counting-up-friends-who-count 

IF YOU HAVEN’T READ PART ONE OF DAWN’S STORY “ARTIE WAYNE VS. THE MUSIC INDUSTRY…CAN A NICE GUY FINISH FIRST?” CLICK ON TO http://www.examiner.com/classic-rock-music-in-national/artie-wayne-vs-the-music-industry-can-a-nice-guy-finish-first

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

SPECIAL THANKS TO PHIL X. MILSTEIN FOR CREATING THE TOP PHOTO

WHILE FIGHTING LARGE CORPORATIONS WHO ARE TRYING TO KEEP ROYALTIES AWAY ME AND THOUSANDS OF OTHER ARTISTS, SONGWRITERS AND PUBLISHERSMY ONLY SOURCE OF INCOME IS FROM THE SALE OF MY BOOK. ” I DID IT FOR A SONG”, WITH OVER 100 STORIES FROM THE MUSIC BUSINESS OF THE ’60s, ’70s, and ’80s. I HOPE YOU’LL CONSIDER BUYING ONE DIRECTLY FROM ME THROUGH PAYPAL FOR ONLY $9.99 AT  artiewayne@gmail.com OR BY CHECK TO…ARTIE WAYNE  P.O. BOX 1105, DESERT HOT SPRINGS, CALIFORNIA 92240

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In the tradition of the the old music business where the artists are the last to get paid, it’s DeJa Vu all over again! The producers of “Baby, It’s You” didn’t bother to get permission to use the Shirelles copyrighted name and group filed suit today to stop the show from opening tonight!

By MARK KENNEDY Associated Press Drama Writer
NEW YORK April 27, 2011 (AP)
Producers of the Broadway musical “Baby, It’s You!” were slapped with a lawsuit Wednesday only hours before opening night by several musicians including Dionne Warwick and three of the four original members of The Shirelles claiming their names and likeness were used without permission.

The complaint filed in New York State’s Supreme Court alleges the producers of the musical did not get permission from Warwick, Chuck Jackson or Beverly Lee, Doris Coley Jackson and Addie Harris Jackson of The Shirelles to portray them on stage. It seeks unspecified damages.

“These national treasures were taken advantage of at the infancy of their careers,” said Oren Warshavsky, a lawyer at Baker Hostetler, which filed the lawsuit. “Now they have to watch it done to them again on stage and once more not get paid.”

Paul McGuire a representative for the show’s producers — Warner Bros. Theater Ventures Inc., Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. and Broadway Baby, LLC — said they had not received the lawsuit and would not comment.

The show, which stars Tony Award winner Beth Leavel, traces the career of recording executive Florence Greenberg, who discovered several acts at the dawn of rock ‘n’ roll. It features actors portraying The Shirelles, Warwick and Jackson, and performances of some of the songs they made top sellers.

The Shirelles were formed in 1958 in New Jersey and had hits with “Will You Love Me Tomorrow,” “Dedicated to the One I Love,” “Mama Said,” “Soldier Boy” and “Baby, It’s You.” Among the tunes for which Jackson was known: “I Don’t Want to Cry” and “Any Day Now.” Warwick’s hits include “Walk on By” and “Don’t Make Me Over.”

The musical, which has a story written by Floyd Mutrux and Colin Escott, began previews on March 26 and officially opens at the Broadhurst Theatre on Wednesday evening.”

For my other articles on Florence Greenberg, “BABY, IT”S YOU”, Carole King, and the Shirelles

FOR A PERSONAL TRIBUTE TO MY OLD BOSS FLORENCE GREENBERG  https://artiewayne.wordpress.com/2010/04/21/a-tribute-to-florence-greenberg/

SHAME ON YOU “BABY, IT’S YOU” PRESS AGENTS https://artiewayne.wordpress.com/2011/04/26/shame-on-you-baby-its-you-publicists/https://artiewayne.wordpress.com/2011/04/26/shame-on-you-baby-its-you-publicists/

ON BEING THE FIRST TO HEAR “WILL YOU LOVE ME TOMORROW” FROM CAROLE KING https://artiewayne.wordpress.com/2006/09/14/aldon-music-at-1650-broadway-and-a-historic-encounter-with-carole-king/

IN THE STUDIO PRODUCING THE SHIRELLES https://artiewayne.wordpress.com/2009/12/19/the-shirelles-christmas-song-mama-my-soldier-boys-coming-home/

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

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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

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

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“Back in 1966 I was working as a staff writer and producer for Scepter Records. Florence Greenberg who owned the company decided to re-release “SOLDIER BOY” by the Shirelles which had been number one a few years earlier, and asked me to write and produce a new b-side for it.

She also suggested that to save time and money I should write the new song over the old Shirelles track, “A THING OF THE PAST, which she owned and was in the girls key. It was during the Vietnam War and I decided to write a song about a soldier returning from the front at Christmas. It’s called “MAMA, MY SOLDIER BOY IS COMIN” HOME”

As far as I was concerned there were no b-sides and even though I only had three hours to write and record the song with Shirelles I was determined not to make it a throwaway. I flirted with Shirley while she was on mike until she gave me the playful performance I was looking for.

We recorded just one verse at a time and while she was singing one, I was writing the next. At the end of the session, everything was finished and was released the next day!”


If you liked “MAMA, MY SOLDIER BOY IS COMING HOME, please feel free to share it with a friend…but if you loved it, please feel free to send it to your entire address book! MERRY CHRISTMAS, HAPPY HANUKKAH, HAPPY KWANZA…ENJOY TO THE WORLD!

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Copyright 2012 by Artie Wayne

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