After watching the documentary “Twenty Feet From Stardom,” and before that, “The Wrecking Crew” and also the one about “Muscle Shoals,” I realized that the only people making any money in the record business, besides the Record Companies, are the background singers and musicians. They’re the only ones who get paid for the recording sessions.
I remember years ago backing up Ral Donner when he toured in Canada. Before Ral, who sounded like Elvis, had a couple of hits. He would be hired by songwriters to sing their songs so they could better pitch them to Elvis. Ral got paid to sing them, Elvis didn’t.
Jed Duvall: George, another of the great lessons that you and Jim taught me along the way at WIBC-AM was that if there was a personnel problem that could not be fixed within the station that was jeopardizing the “Plan”, no matter how inconvenient it was for the staff and for me, the program director, take care of the problem immediately. Don’t string it along, don’t orchestrate it out to make excuses while waiting to hire the right person for a replacement. Root out the problem, terminate the employee if rehabilitation (or retraining) is out of the question. Then hire the best available “athlete” for the role, be it the weekend person or whomever…because there are always good coachable people if you look hard enough. You and Jim also taught me by example to make a list and build a “recruitment” file for the cultivation of talent. I won’t say that every decision I made was great, but my batting average was better than Ted Williams (.406). (The Big One)
Geo: I can’t even imagine it, John.
We think it is great that you were able to help your dad get through college, we know this is a big accomplishment for him. You are a hard-working gal with so many talents but he’ll need all the help he can get. Good luck. (Camera Graduates)
George, Tim Moore here. Jake Hoot has been on the sales team of one of our client stations. Great guy and the team there felt that he would win it all. (It’s The Song Man!)
Geo: I can see the look on the client’s faces when he’s making cold calls, Tim, what a hoot. Oh, I’m sorry. 🙂
You know, I hired Jack in Memphis and in Dallas with that magic phone machine he had. It seemed to work and did temporarily put lipstick on a ratings pig (In Dallas anyway). Thinking back, I had my reservations about the machine but just wanted to be able to spend time with Jack as he would come to town regularly for checkups and consulting the contest. Truly one of the most interesting guys I have ever known. But then again, so are you, but I would find you even more interesting if you buy me lunch soon! (My Friend Jack)
Bruce Walker: Excellent blog George. I still remember Chuck and Daryl recording our first record at CKY. I really liked both of them. It’s funny but what really sticks out in my mind was Chuck wrapping tape around the center of the recording tape reel to make the recording sound better. I don’t remember how it helped, but the London records guy was impressed. (What The F**k Happened To My FU Account?)
Congratulations to your nephew as he is a prime example of what perseverance will accomplish.
Thank you, George, for being a truly awesome friend to Bob Thomas. Your words of wisdom inspire me. (First, ya gotta get noticed)
Doug Chapelle: George…what a great pic, cream of the radio biz I remember, I worked records on all of you !!! Actually now that I think about I was actually helping all of you pick your music and make the station sound even better !!! (Hidden Mentor)
Geo: You worked us all well, Doug. I still remember that great rating book you got me at CFTR when I first got to Toronto, it got me my first happy ending massage.