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Artie Kornfeld (born Arthur Lawrence Kornfeld, 9 September 1942, Brooklynmarker, New Yorkmarker) is an Americanmarker musician, record producer and music executive. Known world wide as “The Father of Woodstock” the name given to him by the Woodstock Preservation Alliance.

Early years

The son of Irving Kornfeld (a police officer) and his wife Shirley, Kornfeld lived in Levittown, New Yorkmarker as a child, though later his family would move frequently. He started playing music in 1956, when he got his first guitar, and was signed to a recording contract at age 16. He attended Adelphi Collegemarker and American Universitymarker, and at the latter he became friends with Cass Elliot of The Mamas & the Papas.

Later, he recorded demos in the Brill Buildingmarker with Gerry Goffin and Toni Wine. In 1962, Kornfeld co-wrote "I Adore Him" by The Angels with Jan Berry (later of Jan and Dean), which went to #11 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Kornfeld co-wrote songs for Jan & Dean's album, as well as their hit "Dead Man's Curvemarker". He also co-wrote, with Steve Duboff, The Cowsills' song "The Rain, the Park and Other Things."

Kornfeld produced "6 O'Clock News" for the group The Hopeful in 1966 which was released on the Mercury label, catalog number 72637. This tune was a soft protest song adapted from "America the Beautiful", by Kornfeld.

As a performer, Kornfeld and Duboff were in a rock band named The Changin' Times. They co-wrote and recorded the song "The Pied Piper". On tour the Changin' Times opened for Sonny and Cher in 1965. A cover version by Crispian St. Peters was a number one hit in 1966, and in 1983 Kornfeld produced another version by Felony that was a minor hit.

Capitol Records

At age 21, Kornfeld became the youngest vice president at Capitol Recordsmarker, after being A&R Senior Director of Mercury Records and VP of Roulette Records. Before and after Woodstock 1969, Kornfeld as a writer, producer, manager, and promoter earned over 100 Gold and Platinum discs. By the age of 24, Kornfeld had written over 75 Billboard charted songs and was on over 150 albums.

Woodstock

Kornfeld, along with John P. Roberts, Joel Rosenman and Michael Lang, planned and produced the Woodstock Rock Festivalmarker of 1969. Kornfeld met Lang in 1968. Lang managed a band called Train, and brought them to Capitol in an attempt to get them signed to a contract. The two became friends, and Lang moved in with Kornfeld and his wife.

The pair came up with the idea for a recording studio in Woodstock, because the area was becoming a popular destination for artists, and many musicians were coming to the area. They also wanted to plan a rock concert and cultural festival.

Artie Kornfeld was solely responsible for the historic record & Warner Brothers movie contracts andhired Micheal Wadleigh to film the Woodstock Movie which won an Academy Award for Best Documentary in 1970

Kornfeld's persistence, energy, enthusiasm and foresight is what kept Freddie Weintraub (Warners Bros) aggressively pursuing the Woodstock movie project. In a legendary thirty-hour period, a contract was hammered out between Artie Kornfeld, the VP of Business Affairs of Warner Bros and Freddie Weintraub.

Much of the historical documentation of Woodstock is supplied by the acts featured in the film which Kornfeld had to convince to appear. He is in the movie so much because backstage, he was solely in charge of getting the performers to sign what basically were blank contracts prior to going on stage.

Kornfeld's dedication to the Woodstock ideals did not end with the festival. Known as "The Father of Woodstock", a title given to him by the Woodstock Preservation Alliance, he played a big role in helping save the Woodstock site from being built upon when Max Yasgur's farm was sold.

Beyond Woodstock

Far after the historical Woodstock festival, Artie Kornfeld has taken the ideals of the counterculture and put them into practice in a modern day setting. He has spent 40 years speaking to schools, organizations, and universities on the true meaning behind Woodstock. Kornfeld has done over 5,000 radio interviews and hosts his own Internet radio show "The Spirit of the Woodstock Nation" on http://artistfirst.com/woodstocknation.htm

Artie's memoirs "The Pied Piper of Woodstock" which starts in 1953 and takes you through the beginnings of the rock culture, racial integration, Woodstock and beyond. Artie has stated that the book "will make you feel like your wearing the Producer's badge from Woodstock" http://www.amazon.com/Pied-Piper-Woodstock-Artie-Kornfeld/dp/0615325998/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1255287856&sr=8-3-spell

Composer, Publisher, Producer, Manager, & Promoter

First Vice President of Rock Music at Capitol Records (or any label)Summary of 40 + years experience: Composer, publisher, producer, manager and promoter of over 100 Platinum projects

Four BMI Million Performance AwardsEight BMI Awards as a Writer & Publisher

As A&R VP (3 major labels) and as an Independent Producer played a major role in the“top of the charts” success of some of the top rock artists of all time.

Manager and Creative Director of the band “Survivor”Took unknown band to one of the top selling singles of all time “Eye of the Tiger”

Co-Producer & Manager with Don Rubin of the band “Felony”who’s #1 alternative record & Top 30 hit single and # 1 dance record in the U.S.“The Fanatic” & thru Artie’s guidance to the late Rick Carroll (KROQ) which led to the explosion of alternative music & radio.

Consultant to, & protégée of his industry mentor, icon Charles Koppleman EMI (7 yrs) Marketing Director for The Entertainment Co & Screen Gems MusicAs independent promotion director, became a “must have” for artists because of successes for Neil Young (Freedom, Harvest Moon), Tracy Chapman (Fast Car),Survivor, etc.

Public Recognition- TV Interviews- CNN ,VH1, LATE NIGHT SHOW, ET,As performer with Sonny & Cher “I Got You Babe Tour” as “Changing Times”Radio & Press over 300 interviews



Artists charting with Artie Kornfeld compositions

ARTIST, SONG & FACTS

The Angels, “I Adore Him", Top 10 Billboard,The Bangles, “How Is The Air Up There”, # 1 in 7 countries,Bert Sommer, "We're All Playing In The Same Band", Top 40 single and producer of his 3 LP albums,Oscar Benton & Artie Kaplan, “Bensonhurst Blues”, # 1 in Europe 3 times, Alain Delon Movie “The Skin of a Cop”,Jerry Butler & Betty Everett, “We Need Each Other”, Top 10 Album Duet,Freddie Cannon, “Lookin For Fun”, Billboard top 60,Changing Times, “The Pied Piper”, Writer & Producer, Top 50 Single - USA,Cher, “The Pied Piper”, Top 5 Album,Crispian St.Peters, “The Pied Piper”, Top 3 Worldwide,The Cowsills, “The Rain,The Park & Other Things”, (aka “I Love The Flower Girl”), Producer and # 1 Worldwide,The Cowsills, Album written & Produced A.Kornfeld, Platinum Single, Gold Album,The Cowsills, “We Can Fly”, Top 10 Single,Al Hirt, “We Can Fly - Up Up & Away” Medley, #1Jazz Single Worldwide, #1 Adult single Billboard,Johnny Crawford, “Judy Loves Me”, written & produced with Jan Berry, Top 40 Billboard,Connie Francis, “Turn Another Page”, Top 40 Billboard,Gene Pitney, “Turn Another Page”, Top 60 Billboard,The Hullabaloos, “Did You Ever”, Top 5 Europe, Top 60 USA,Jan & Dean, “Dead Mans Curve”, Written with Brian Wilson & Jan Berry, #1 USA, Top 10 –Aust/NZ/Europe,Jan & Dean, “Little Old Lady From Pasadena” LP, co-writer of all except title song, Top 10 Album Worldwide,Jay Black & The Americans, “She Doesn’t Know It”, B side hit single, “I hear Trumpets Blow”, Come A Little Bit Closer LP (Top 10),Wayne Newton, “If I Only Had A Song To Sing”, Top 60 Billboard Pop & Country,Tony Orlando, “She Doesn’t Know It”, Last solo single before “Tony Orlando & Dawn”,Gary Lewis & The Playboys, “When The Parties Over”, Top 40 Single,The Tokens, Three Songs on the album “Come A Little Bit Closer", Top 10 Album Worldwide,Reparperata & The Delrons, “And The Music Went On & On”, “How Can You Tell”, charted in Billboard,Minnie Ripperton & The Rotary Connection, “Aladdin”, Top 50 in Billboard, opened the door that led to the hit “Loving You”,Crispian St. Peter, “Aladdin” (follow up to #1 Pied Piper), Top 10 Europe,The Shirelles, “Tonight You’re Gonna Fall in Love With Me”, Top 20 Pop Billboard, Top 5 R&B,Dusty Springfield, “Guess Who”, Top 40 USA, Top 20 Europe,Bobby Hebb, “Some Kind of Magic” Follow-up to #1 “Sunny”, Top 40 Billboard,Woody Allen, “Chicken Of The Sea”.

Artists signed, promoted or developed by Artie Kornfeld

Sheryl Crow,Sarah McLachlan,Jack Johnson,Bruce Springsteen,Tracy Chapman,Melissa Etheridge,Extreme,Edie Brickell,Vanilla Ice,Kix,Sass Jordan,Nuclear Valdez,Queensryche,Depeche Mode,Felony,Billy Joel,John Fogerty,Santana,Steve Perry,Kiss,Neil Young,Bonnie Raitt,Tom Petty,Survivor,Pink Floyd,Aerosmith,The Band,Blondie,Davy Jones,The Left Banke,Bert Sommer,Bob Seger,Triumph,The Cowsills,J. Giles Band,Roger Miller,Linda Ronstadt,Alanis Morissette,Lou Rawls,Mandrill,Jimmy Castor,George Segal,Tragically Hip,April Wine,Joe South,Wilson Phillips,Alice Cooper,Paul Cotton,Michelle Shoked,Joe Cocker,ZZ Top,Marshall Tucker,Greg Allman Band,Ratt,Vixen,Steel Heart,Asia,TNT,Quiet Riot,Eddie Money,Patti Griffin,The Treister Brothers

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