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Artie Kornfeld
Guest Occupation
Music promoter
Guest Biography

Artie Kornfeld

Artie Kornfeld is best known as the music promoter for the The Woodstock Music & Arts Festival held in 1969, but before Woodstock, Artie had already written over 75 Billboard charted songs and participated in over 150 albums with many other artists of note.

“Never did I think that what started as an idealistic conversation among friends would become part of history” and what Rolling Stone magazine describes as one of the top moments “That Changed the History of Rock & Roll.”

Artie was solely responsible for the historic record & Warner Brothers movie contracts for the Woodstock Film.

He hired Michael Wadleigh to film the Music & Art Fair of ’69, which won the movie and him a 1970 Academy Award.

He was known world wide as “The Father of Woodstock,” the name given to him by the Woodstock Preservation Alliance, as well as sometimes referred to as “The Godfather of Woodstock,” “The Pied Piper,” “The Father of Peace,” and other such honorary titles.

Artie is a Composer, Publisher, Producer, Manager, & Promoter.

He was the First Vice President of Rock Music at Capitol Records, and the first for Rock Music, period.

Over 40 + years experience as a composer, publisher, producer, manager and promoter, among many other awards and recognitions he had a hand in over 100 Platinum projects.

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

As A&R VP (for 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 the top selling single 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 Koppelman EMI (7 yrs) Marketing Director for The Entertainment Co & Screen Gems Music. As independent promotion director, became a “must have” for artists because of successes for Neil Young, Tracy Chapman, Survivor, etc. 

Author of the new book of his memoirs “The Pied Piper of Woodstock” by Artie Kornfeld.

Artie has spent the last 40 or so years speaking to schools, organizations, and universities on the true meaning behind Woodstock. He has done over 5,000 radio interviews and for years, hosted his own radio show called, “The Spirit Show with Artie Kornfeld”

Artists charting with Artie Kornfeld compositions:

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”, only time Woody Allen ever sang on a record!
…MANY MORE (too many to list) including 4 movies

Partial list of Artists Signed, Promoted or Developed by Artie Kornfeld:

Sheryl Crow
Sarah McLachlan 
Jack Johnson,
Bruce Springsteen
Tracy Chapman 
Melissa Etheridge
Edie Brickell
Vanilla Ice
Sass Jordan
Nuclear Valdez
Depeche Mode
Billy Joel
John Fogerty 
Steve Perry
Neil Young
Bonnie Raitt
Tom Petty 
Pink Floyd 
The Band 
Davy Jones 
The Left Banke
Bert Sommer
Bob Seger
The Cowsills
J. Giles Band
Roger Miller 
Linda Ronstadt
Alanis Morissette
Lou Rawls
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
Steel Heart
Quiet Riot
Eddie Money
Patti Griffin

…and still producing! 

Bio Credit: Victor Khan