Here's a preview from the GABRIEL GLADSTAR memoirs currently in progress...ATLANTIC RECORDS Part one:
Just after working with Ian Bernard and prior to the Laguna to New York excursion while the boys were still a duo, they performed at McCabe’s in Santa Monica. Sharing the bill that evening was another acoustic duo, Batdorf and Rodney. The two groups fell in love with each other’s songs and musical style. Batdorf and Rodney had recently landed a recording deal with Atlantic Records and Atlantic’s Pres, and CEO Ahmet Ertigan himself was producing them. Ahmet had been responsible for bringing talent such as Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Buffalo Springfield, Bobby Darrin, Sunny and Cher, and CSNY to the public. John (Batdorf) pressed Mike and Phil to come to the next day’s recording session as Ahmet was in town. He was certain Ahmet would be interested in hearing Gabriel Gladstar play a song.
The next afternoon found Mike and Phil sitting on the control room floor at Paramount studios just behind Ahmet and the engineer while Mark (Rodney) and John (Batdorf) performed their takes in the next room. Waiting timidly Mike and Phil were feeling smaller and smaller as the phone rang again and again. Each time Ahmet picked up the receiver he would shout back with his Turkish accent in the most intimidating way…
“No! I’m not listening to any new talent!!!” Again the phone would ring… “I don’t care if you got me my last three hits!, I’m listening to no one!!!” On and On.
After what must have seemed like weeks of this Mark (Rodney) and John Batdorf) entered the room the days session having been completed and Ahmet rose to leave. Mike and Phil actually felt relieved believing themselves to be off the hook. It was more than obvious that Mr. Ertigan would not be interested, thank you very much! But John stopped Ahmet in mid step grabbing him by the arm and saying,
“Hey man…. You promised to give our friends here a listen.”
With no attempt to disquise his annoyment Ahmet acknowledged this to be true and muttered something like “Let’s see what you got kids”.
Mike and Phil withdrew their instruments from the cases as if involved in some sort of Japanese tea ceremony (its been said that men like Ahmet can tell a great deal simply in the way a musician draws his arrow from the quiver)…
Sitting cross legged on the studio floor with the room’s other occupants towering above them peering down, the boys launched into their arrangement of Mike’s tune “Rain Song”. It was perhaps 32 measures into the song when it happened… Ahmet began skipping in a circle around them hopping up and down yelling.
“Ooouu oouu, we’re gonna make a record! Ooouu oouu, just you guys, we aren’t going to add a thing!!!! We’re gonna make a record!!”
It wasn’t even necessary to finish the song. Mike and Phil sat there in amazement, dumbfounded. Atlantic Records wanted them to join the roster. Welcome the majors!
End part one plm