Artie Kaplan

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

Artie Kaplan 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 sax 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 review, Billboard Magazine's Sam Sutherland referred to it as an eyebrow raising project that Chris Dedrick and Mort Ross were working on. His remark, possibly due to the name of the album was "no comment".[4]



  • "Harmony" / "God Fearin' Man" – Interfusion – 1972 (New Zealand)[5]
  • "Harmony" / "Stay Don't Go" – CBS – CBS 1189 – 1973 (Germany)[6]
  • "Bensonhurst Blues" / "Music Is Sweet Music in My Soul" – Riviera 121470 – 1973 (France)[7]
  • "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)[8]
  • "Music Is Sweet Music to My Soul" / "Yours Is The Song" – Philips 6017 308 – 1982 (Netherlands)[9]

Record album[edit]

  • Confessions of a Male Chauvinist Pig – Hopi VHS 901 – 1971[10]
  • Down By the Old Stream – Paramount PAS-1019 – 1974[11]
  • My Name Is Artie Kaplan – K-Tel – TI 183 (Italy)[12]

Record album compilation[edit]

  • My Songs – CBS – S 65829 – 1973 (Italy)[13]
  • Greatest Hits – Edigsa – 01L0337 – 1982 (Spain)[14]


  • 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[15]


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.[16] Along with Artie Kornfeld, he co-wrote "Bensonhurst Blues" which was a hit for Dutch singer Oscar Benton.[17] 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.[18]

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. ^ 45 Cat Artie Kaplan Harmony
  6. ^ 45 Cat Artie Kaplan Harmony
  7. ^ 45 Cat Artie Kaplan Bensonhurst Blues
  8. ^ Discogs Artie Kaplan – Rock And Roll Is Here To Stay
  9. ^ 45 Cat Artie Kaplan Music Is Sweet Music To My Soul
  10. ^ Goldmine Jazz Album Price Guide 2nd Edition By Tim Neely Page 283 K
  11. ^ Both Sides Now Publications Paramount Album Discography By Mike Callahan and David Edwards
  12. ^ wax fm Artie Kaplan – My Name Is Artie Kaplan
  13. ^ Discogs Artie Kaplan – My Songs
  14. ^ Discogs Artie Kaplan – Greatest Hits
  15. ^ Artist Direct Artie Kaplan Releases
  16. ^ Who Sampled Ray Conniff and the Singers Harmony
  17. ^ 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
  18. ^ ARTIE KAPLAN Archived December 4, 2014, at the Wayback Machine
  19. ^ Chris White Fansite Alex Frazer-Harrison THE HISTORY OF “TOP 40” SAXOPHONE SOLOS 1955–2005
  20. ^ A Record A Day Record #0166: Breaking Up Is Hard To Do / As Long As I Live – NEIL SEDAKA
  21. ^ The Musical World of J.J. Johnson By Joshua Berrett, Louis G. Bourgois III Page 394 -237-
  22. ^ Discogs Lonnie Liston Smith And The Cosmic Echoes – Reflections Of A Golden Dream
  23. ^ Softshoe's Music Matters Site Janis Ian
  24. ^ Discogs Van McCoy – Rhythms Of The World
  25. ^ Album Liner Barry Manilow Even Now ARISTA AB 4164, Original 1978 album liner notes
  26. ^ Discogs Barry Manilow – Barry Manilow II
  27. ^ Progrography Van Morrison: T.B. Sheets (1973)
  28. ^ Discogs NYCC* – Make Every Day Count
  29. ^ Artist Direct Beautiful Soul: The ABC/Dunhill Collection