Jan Berry was a great friend and a wonderful man to share an apartment with. My first hit ["I Adore Him"] was written with Jan . . . many more. He was without a doubt a prince amongst men. I miss him greatly. He was one of the important points in my life that led, by example, to my creating Woodstock in 1969. I dedicate all my 100 plus platinum albums to my dear friend forever, JAN BERRY. PEACE JAN. Your pal,
October 18, 2008
In 1963, Artie Kornfeld was one of Jan Berry’s main sonwriting collaborators. As writers for Screen Gems, they co-wrote “I Adore Him,” a Top-30 hit by The Angels (Smash Records, #25 Billboard, #23 Cash Box).
Jan and Artie also co-wrote “Come On Let Yourself Go,” Parts 1 & 2 (Colpix, 1963) for The Matadors — a trio that also sang harmonies on Jan & Dean’s early Screen Gems era recordings — and “Judy Loves Me” for Johnny Crawford (Del-Fi, #95 Billboard, 1964).
Jan and Artie penned “Drag Strip Girl” and “Hot Stocker,” two cuts from Jan & Dean’s 1963 Drag City LP (#22 Billboard, #17 Cash Box); and they co-wrote the Top-10 blockbuster “Dead Man’s Curve” with Brian Wilson and Roger Christian.
When he was working with Jan in 1963, Artie lived with Jan and Jill Gibson, and Jan’s fellow medical students Don Altfeld and Vic Amira. They had a big penthouse apartment on Occidental Avenue near downtown Los Angeles. Jan’s piano was front and center in the living room; and the roommates brought the beach to their patio, with the help of about 200 pounds of sand.
Artie went on to write and produce for many other artists, and was director of A&R for Mercury Records, and a vice president at Capitol Records.
With Michael Lang, John Roberts, and Joel Rosenman, Artie produced the historic Woodstock Festival in 1969. (The Woodstock Music and Arts Fair, An Aquarian Exposition, August 15-17, 1969, Bethel, New York).
SOME OF ARTIE’S MANY MUSIC CREDITS INCLUDE:
The Shirelles — “Tonight You’re Gonna Fall In Love With Me.” Co-writer with Toni Wine. Scepter, 1964 (#44 Cash Box, #57 Billboard).
Crispian St. Peters — “The Pied Piper.” Co-writer with Steve Duboff. Jamie, 1966 (#4 Billboard, #4 Cash Box).
The Cowsills — “The Rain, The Park & Other Things.” Co-writer with Steve Duboff. MGM, 1967 (#1 Cash Box, #2 Billboard).
The Cowsills — The Cowsills LP. Producer and co-writer. MGM, 1967 (#31 Billboard).
The Cowsills — “We Can Fly.” Co-writer with Steve Duboff, Bill Cowsill, and Bob Cowsill. MGM, 1968 (#17 Cash Box, #21 Billboard).
Bert Sommer — “We’re All Playing in the Same Band.” Producer. Eleuthera, 1970 (#48 Billboard, #59 Cash Box).
Bert Sommer — Inside Bert Sommer LP. Producer. Eleuthera, 1970.
The Bangles — “How Is the Air Up There?” Co-writer with Steve Duboff. I.R.S., 1982.
Survivor — Manager and creative director. “Take You On A Saturday.” Co-produder. B-side of the #1 smash “Eye of the Tiger” (from the motion picture Rocky III). Scotti Brothers, 1982.
Felony — “The Fanatic.” Associate Producer. Rock ‘n’ Roll, 1983. (#42 Billboard, #56 Cash Box). — (Originally Posted November 23, 2008)