Artie Wayne (Wayne Kent, January 22, 1942 – February 19, 2019) was an American record producer, music publisher, songwriter and singer. His first hit as a songwriter and producer came in 1963 when he co-wrote Joey Powers' Midnight Mary for which he received a gold record, signifying that the single had realised $1 million in sales in the U.S.A. Wayne had over 250 covers of his compositions recorded by such artists as Michael Jackson, Aretha Franklin, Tony Orlando and Dawn, Pat Boone, Helen Shapiro, The Magic Lanterns, Joe Dassin, The Temptations, Ricky Nelson, Paul Anka, Cher, and The 5th Dimension. Wayne first worked with Bobby Darin in 1959, who sent him to Don Kirshner, who had just formed Aldon Music with producer Al Nevins. He went on to collaborate with Paul Vance (Itsy, Bitsy Bikini) and in 1963 co-wrote his first hit, Midnight Mary with Ben Raleigh (Tell Laura I Love Her). He also produced the single, which was singer Joey Powers' only hit. Wayne also wrote UK top 50 hits by Helen Shapiro (Queen for Tonight) and The Magic Lanterns (Excuse Me Baby). After a short stint as professional manager of publishing at April-Blackwood music, he was appointed the same role at the new Kapralik Organisation set up by David Kapralik. While there, he discovered and signed Tony Romeo (who later wrote many Partridge Family hits) as well as Bob Stone (who wrote Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves for Cher). In 1965, Wayne moved to Scepter Records, where he was signed as a writer and pro...
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