Official Minnesota Music History


Arlo Hennings - aka Guitarlo

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Arlo Hennings Publishing Co/Universal Music

Contributory to the 80s Minneapolis Music Scene

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"The "deal" party. Fine Line Music Cafe, 1989

Dean Kay, President, PolyGram, Dave Barry, Laura Schlieske, Marty Weintraub, Marko Dardanis,
Arlo Hennings, Gina Felicetta, Bob Kirsch, VP PolyGram, Nashville (left to right)



The artists of the Arlo Hennings Publishing Company/Universal Music Group.

Originally conceived by Marko Dardanis as a dance music demo, the project evolved into a full pop act featuring Laura Schlieske on vocals. Marty at the producer helm was aided by various writers that made up the flag ship project called "Sasha," which garnered the interest of PolyGram.

5 Song EP


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Gina Felicetta's songwriting credits include the top 20 hit by MCA recording artists The Jets, You've Got Another Boyfriend. John Tita, PolyGram, A&R New York said upon hearing her original music, "Oh my God, a one woman YES band!"



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Dan Presley like Marty Weintraub wrote and produced his own material. Dan experimented with techno, dance, and rap. In 1993, he signed one album entitled, Moth Macabre to Interscope Records.

3 Song EP

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Dugan McNeil also wrote and produced his own material. He performed for years as the bassist/singer for the group Chameleon. After his first album In the Velvet Night was dropped by PolyGram. His second effort with the help of my company was accepted by Island Records however, the deal never happened.  Radical Man



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Letitia Rae was the singer/bassist for Metal faves, Slave Raider. Jive records dropped the act and Letitia went solo. Marty with the help of Vixen bassist, Share Pederson, and Gina Felictetta, penned her a song.  Kiss of The Black Widow



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Singer/songwriter Dan H was not officially signed to PolyGram Music. However, we did earn a living together producing demo tapes. I took his demo to Warner Bros., Nashville where he was signed and dropped after the first record, Tears  Flowers




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Singer/songwriter/producer, turned SEO guru, Marty Weintraub had his hands on most everything that was recorded by the company. When he wasn't busy working on someone elses' project he recorded his instrumental New Age music.



Dialing for Dolphins


Dave Barry is a guitarist but not a songwriter as evident that he defaulted on his PolyGram songwriter's contract. He won the lottery when Flyte Time set up an audition with Paula Abdul. Further tours included Janet Jackson and Cher where he became her music director for over 20 years.




Singer/songwriter Pat Balder is a talented fellow. We didn't know where to go with his music at the time.

 40 Hours of Hell



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Singer/songwriter/percussionist, Kurt Barkdull was never officially signed to PolyGram Music but he did play drums on most sessions. He is a talented songwriter in his own right.  Lucy is a Ball Breaker


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Singer/songwriter, Tina Schlieske was not officially signed to PolyGram Music. However, she did participate on sister, Laura's project. Marty produced her first demo, which led the way to her deal with Sire records. Tina came to me and asked if I would be her manager. I wouldn't do it on a hand shake agreement. Tina went on to conquer the Minneapolis bar scene. She was dropped by the label and moved happily ever after to Santa Barbara, CA.