Arnie Goodman, a rabid music lover, started out in the industry owning a few record stores and then progressed into heading his own record labels, most currently Blue Storm Music, which he founded in 2000. The label releases include Dick Heckstall-Smith, Asia, Rab McCullough, and a John Lee Hooker tribute titled “From Clarksdale To Heaven–Remembering John Lee Hooker,” featuring Jeff Beck, Gary Moore, Mick Taylor, Jack Bruce, Peter Green and others. Arnie is also a free-lance writer for Audiophile Voice.
LLC is the latest signing to the label, and their debut release titled “The Show” will be out in early 2003. LLC stands for Limited Liability Corporation, but it’s also the initials of the last names of the band members – Leo Lyons, Ric Lee (both from Ten Years After) and Vince Converse (Sunset Heights). Scott Holt, Rab McCullough and Dick Heckstall-Smith are also signed to the label while Blue Storm Music has licensed titles from Asia, Peter Green and Spooky Tooth.
From 1998-1999, Arnie was the head of A&R at Mystic Music where he signed Scott Holt, Savoy Brown, Vince Converse, Mountain and Dale Hawkins. He also recorded but never released a Hubert Sumlin CD with guests Eric Clapton, Keith Richards, Paul Oscher and Levon Helm.
From 1992-1998 Arnie was president of Viceroy Entertainment Group, where he signed Alvin Lee, Steve Hackett, Steve Lukather, Innes Sibun, Savoy Brown, Sunset Heights, Robert Gordon, Cowboy Mouth and Paul Oscher. He helped re-start the career of Peter Green with the double CD “Rattlesnake Guitar-The Music Of Peter Green.” This was the first “tribute” release — one of the first CDs which assembled a variety of musicians to perform the music of an artist — and was followed by the acclaimed Knights Of The Blues Table, the label’s second tribute, dedicated to Cyril Davies, one of the founders of the British Blues scene. Participants included Mick Jagger, Peter Green, Jack Bruce, Mick Taylor, Paul Jones, Max Middleton, Maggie Bell, Clem Clempson, Dick Heckstall-Smith, The Pretty Things, Georgie Fame, Nine Below Zero and others.
From 1988-1992 Arnie was president of Bull Frog Studios, a leading pre-production studio in New York. Clients included Alice In Chains, Rory Gallagher, Metallica, Scott Gorham, Al DiMeola and Circus Of Power. From 1974-1990, Arnie did tour managing for former Rolling Stones guitarist Mick Taylor and personal management for Savoy Brown, Paul Di’Anno, and Eddie Clarke of Fastway.
Arnie’s musical career began in 1974-1986 as the owner and operator of Zig Zag Records, a four-store chain specializing in collectible imports, blues and heavy metal that was located on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, Avenue U in Brooklyn (the original store) and Franklin Square and Glen Cove — both on Long Island. It was one of the first retail outlets in America to do in-store appearances. Bands that were featured included Iron Maiden, Motorhead and Patti Smith.