Artie Kaplan

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Artie Kaplan
Born1935 (age 88–89)
New York, United States
GenresJazz, pop
Occupation(s)Musician, composer
Instrument(s)Saxophone, flute
Years active1960s–present

Artie Kaplan (born 1935) is an American recording artist, songwriter and a session musician. He has also been a music contractor where he was hired to musicians for sessions. In the 1960s, he was casting musicians for sessions for Aldon Music.[1] When musician Joe Delia was asked about the best advice he had ever had, he said it was from Kaplan, who said "Always show up on time and bring a pencil."[2]


Kaplan is a singer-songwriter, producer and composer and the instruments he plays are saxophone, clarinet, flute and piccolo. His saxophone playing and solos can be heard on over 150 songs that made it to the top 10. The songs he has played on are "1-2-3" by Len Barry, "The Locomotion" by Little Eva, "Mandy" by Barry Manilow, "Breaking Up is Hard to Do" by Neil Sedaka and "Sunday Will Never Be the Same" by Spanky & Our Gang.[3]

In 1972, he released an album with the title Confessions of a Male Chauvinist Pig. In a studio news summary, Billboards's Sam Sutherland referred to it as "an eyebrow raising project" that Chris Dedrick (of The Free Design) and Mort Ross were working on. [4]


He co-wrote the song "Harmony" with Norman Simon which appeared on his 1972 album Confessions of a Male Chauvanist Pig. It has been covered by Ray Conniff and the Singers and appeared on their album of the same title.[5] Along with Artie Kornfeld, Kaplan co-wrote "Bensonhurst Blues", which was a hit for Dutch singer Oscar Benton.[6] Other songs he has written are "My First and Only Lover" which was recorded by Nat "King" Cole and "It's Been a Long Time" which has been recorded by Eric Faulkner.[7]



  • "Harmony" / "God Fearin' Man" – Interfusion – 1972 (New Zealand)[8]
  • "Harmony" / "Stay Don't Go" – CBS – CBS 1189 – 1973 (Germany)[9]
  • "Bensonhurst Blues" / "Music Is Sweet Music in My Soul" – Riviera 121470 – 1973 (France)[10]
  • "Down by the Old Stream" / "I Wanna Go To Coney Island with My Grandma" – Paramount 0276 (1974)
  • "Rock And Roll Is Here To Stay" / " Livin' Ain't So Easy" – Soedi – SOJ 640001 – 1981 (Italy)[11]
  • "Music Is Sweet Music to My Soul" / "Yours Is The Song" – Philips 6017 308 – 1982 (Netherlands)[12]


  • Confessions of a Male Chauvinist Pig – Hopi VHS 901 – 1972
  • Down By the Old Stream – Paramount PAS-1019 – 1974[13]
  • My Name Is Artie Kaplan – K-Tel – TI 183 (Italy)[14]

Compilation albums[edit]

  • My Songs – CBS – S 65829 – 1973 (Italy)[15]
  • Greatest Hits – Edigsa – 01L0337 – 1982 (Spain)[16]

CD albums[edit]

  • Fun Time for Kids w/Artie Kaplan
  • Confessions of a Male Chauvinist Pig
  • I'm Just the Singer in the Band
  • Barnyard Stories and Poems
  • Down by the Old Stream[17]

Session work[edit]




  1. ^ Chasing Sound: Technology, Culture, and the Art of Studio Recording from Edison to the LP By Susan Schmidt Horning Page 206
  2. ^ Dans Papers Joe Delia to Rock Dan’s Best of the Best Concert on Friday
  3. ^ Freenotes Kaplan, Artie Archived February 21, 2015, at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ Billboard September 9, 1972 Page 14 Studio Track by Sam Sutherland
  5. ^ Who Sampled Ray Conniff and the Singers Harmony
  6. ^ Romania Insider June 21, 2013 – daily news Dutch singer Oscar Benton to perform in Romania this autumn Archived December 5, 2014, at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ ARTIE KAPLAN Archived December 4, 2014, at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ 45 Cat Artie Kaplan Harmony
  9. ^ 45 Cat Artie Kaplan Harmony
  10. ^ 45 Cat Artie Kaplan Bensonhurst Blues
  11. ^ Discogs Artie Kaplan – Rock And Roll Is Here To Stay
  12. ^ 45 Cat Artie Kaplan Music Is Sweet Music To My Soul
  13. ^ Both Sides Now Publications Paramount Album Discography By Mike Callahan and David Edwards
  14. ^ wax fm Artie Kaplan – My Name Is Artie Kaplan
  15. ^ Discogs Artie Kaplan – My Songs
  16. ^ Discogs Artie Kaplan – Greatest Hits
  17. ^ [1] [dead link]
  18. ^ Chris White Fansite Alex Frazer-Harrison THE HISTORY OF “TOP 40” SAXOPHONE SOLOS 1955–2005
  19. ^ A Record A Day Record #0166: Breaking Up Is Hard To Do / As Long As I Live – NEIL SEDAKA
  20. ^ The Musical World of J.J. Johnson By Joshua Berrett, Louis G. Bourgois III Page 394 -237-
  21. ^ Discogs Lonnie Liston Smith And The Cosmic Echoes – Reflections Of A Golden Dream
  22. ^ Softshoe's Music Matters Site Janis Ian
  23. ^ Discogs Van McCoy – Rhythms Of The World
  24. ^ Album Liner Barry Manilow Even Now ARISTA AB 4164, Original 1978 album liner notes
  25. ^ Discogs Barry Manilow – Barry Manilow II
  26. ^ Progrography Van Morrison: T.B. Sheets (1973)
  27. ^ Discogs NYCC* – Make Every Day Count
  28. ^ [2] [dead link]

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