ARTIE SCHROECK WAS BORN IN IRVINGTON, NEW JERSEY,OCTOBER 10 ,1938 THE YOUNGEST OF 4 BOYS. THE SCHROECKS WERE VERY MUSICAL, DAD PLAYED XYLOPHONE ,MOM PLAYED PIANO., HIS THREE BROTHERS,WHO WERE 14 TO 16 YEARS OLDER, PLAYED A VARIETY OF INSTRUMENTS AND WERE TAP DANCERS.
ARTIE BEGAN PLAYING DRUMS AND PIANO AT 3 YEARS OF AGE AND WHEN HE WAS 5 HE AND HIS BROTHER HAROLD PERFORMED AT LOCAL FUNCTIONS IN THE NORTH JERSEY AREA. HAROLD PLAYED PIANO, ARTIE PLAYED DRUMS. THE ACT ALSO INCLUDED A TAP DANCE ROUTINE.
WHEN ARTIE WAS 8 THE ACT BEGAN APPEARING ON THE SHOWPLACE PIERS IN ATLANTIC CITY. IT WAS THERE THAT GENE KRUPA HEARD HIM PLAY DRUMS AND TOOK HIM UNDER HIS WING. THE BROTHER ACT APPEARED WITH KRUPA’S BAND, ALSO THE BANDS OF LOUIS PRIMA AND JOHNNY LONG. WHEN HAROLD LEFT THE ACT TO RAISE HIS FAMILY, ARTIE CONTINUED PLAYING IN LOCAL BANDS PLAYING DRUMS, PIANO, BASS OR VIBRAPHONES, WHAT EVER THE GIG CALLED FOR. HE ALSO STARTED
DOING ARRANGEMENTS FOR THE BANDS.
WHILE PLAYING A GIG IN LAS VEGAS, STILL IN HIS TEENS,ARTIE WENT TO A MUSIC STORE TO TRY OUT A HAMMOND ORGAN. LIONEL HAMPTON WAS IN THE STORE WHILE HE WAS PLAYING. HAMP IMMEDIATLY SAT DOWN AT ONE OF THE STORE PIANOS AND STARTED JAMMING WITH HIM. WHEN THEY WERE FINISHED, HAMP TOLD ARTIE TO COME TO THE RIVIERA THAT NIGHT TO JOIN HIS BAND PLAYING PIANO, A GIG THAT LASTED FOR 2 YEARS.
AFTER HE LEFT LIONEL, SCHROECK WAS HIRED TO BE A RECORDING STUDIO MUSIC ARRANGER. AND WORKED WITH NEIL DIAMOND,THE LOVN’ SPOONFUL, PAUL ANKA AND FRANKIE VALLI AND THE FOUR SEASONS FOR WHOM WROTE THE HIT ARRANGEMENTS FOR “IVE GOT YOU UNDER
MY SKIN” AND “CAN’T TAKE MY EYES OFF OF YOU.” HE ALSO WROTE MANY HITS FOR LIZA MINNELLI, PETULA CLARK, SAMMY DAVIS, BARRY MANILOW AND FRANK SINATRA, FOR WHOM HE WROTE “HERES TO THE BAND”.
HIS FILM AND TV CREDITS INCLUDE “THE DEER HUNTER”,“THE SUNSHINE BOYS”, YOU’RE A BIG BOY NOW”, “THE LAST REQUEST”, “LIZA IN LONDON”, “LIZA AT CARNEGIE HALL AND RADIO CITY.
HE HAS WON A NUMBER OF CLIOS FOR HIS ARRANGEMENTS AND COMPOSITIONS FOR COMMERCIALS INCLUDING “NOW IS THE TIME ABC IS THE PLACE”, “COME ONALONG WITH ABC”, “McDONALDS ,YOU DESERVE A BREAK”,“NO BODY CARES FOR EYES MORE THAN PEARLE” AND“DANNON YOGURT” TO NAME A FEW.
SINCE HIS DAYS IN THE STUDIOS, SCHROECK HAS REMAINED BEHIND THE SCENES, BUT HIS WORK IS WELL KNOWN BY HIS PEERS AND HEARD ALL OVER THE WORLD BY THE GENERAL PUBLIC.
LOL Ok now I KNOW I have the right page..please tell me it is so? :))
WOW!! You are incredibly talented:) I watched these videos in amazment. I have always been intrigued by a persons ability to play this instrument. Beautiful beautiful sound....a million kudos and more! Thank you so much for sharing with me that you had posted these. I LOVE IT!!;) Blessings to you Arthur
lol Yes, I hear ya on that one;) I think 3 will be the charm for me. :) I love the variety of music as well as the wonderful people, but I have intense studies to concentrate on as well...so 3 places gives me wonderful friends and musicians in the like. Thank you for your kindness and sharing of your talent as well. Before you joined, I posted one of your videos here. It was just too good not to share:)) Blessings in abundance to you Arthur
I don't know Jack personally. So sad that this project never got off the ground... would have been amazing! Looking forward to hearing those demos! Shorty was one of the kindest people I've ever known. Loved that man...
As a matter of fact, (shame on me...I have 3/4s of a Network admin AAS) Too complicated that Cisco Sytems bunko...BUT yes, I just recently familiarized myself with Skype. I am still ironing out the wrinkles...in my brain..lol but FREE is the majic word;)
lol I'm ironing...in fact I am steaming like an iron! lol By that I mean steam is coming out of my ears trying to fully understand this Anatomy and Physiol. stuff. I am too old for this, and too young to quit..and too tired to care...but pressed to finish so much by midnight tomorrow. Then is when I turn in to a pumpkin or lose my slipper or slip and fall...something of the sort..lol. OHH haaaaa....no camera.... I have never believed in cameras..LOL My mom said i used to scream and run when I saw a camera and nothings changed in all these years ha ha ha;)
I will keep ya posted. Have a great Sunay and say a prayer for my sanity sake..lol. These bodies of ours are quite intricate, but really when I get it...finally....I am facinated. I think TOO much is really my problem. I just need to learn it and quit trying to figure it out.:))
You did? What a compliment.
I'm located in Norway, Kristiansand.
I can "hear" Stan Getz playing, so sorry to hear that this project was too late for the two of them, but the idea is great so I'm glad you didn't just put it away!!!!!