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"Rusty And Me. A True Story"

Rusty Diamond was a Country recording artist, 
with releases on Starday and Stop records, 
but his main talent was getting money from rich girls. 
One of these angels, a very sweet buxom blonde from Chicago, 
bought into Rusty's career to the tune of $48,000 in one week. 

He hired me as his producer 
and we flew to Nashville to record some hits. 

Rusty passed out $50 tips to waitresses, porters, 
and anyone who had his hand out. 
To Rusty the important thing was the public gesture. 

In Nashville, 
he called up one of the finest men's stores 
and had them bring a truckload of assorted clothes to our motel. 
We selected a few thousand dollars worth, 
and he paid the driver in cash. 

Returning to Miami, 
a crowd awaited us at the airport. 
Women stood in line to kiss Rusty, 
while photographers flashed pictures. 
Police directed traffic 
as we pulled away in a new rented Lincoln limo. 
I found out later that Rusty had hired the whole crowd, 
photographers, cops and all. 

Rusty moved into an oceanfront suite 
and hired a valet/bodyguard, for about two grand a week... 
a tough guy about six foot eight. 

About this time, 
the blonde's father heard about her business venture 
and hopped a plane for Miami, 
hopping mad. 

He threatened everybody in sight with jail sentences, 
if he couldn't arrange for the guillotine. 
Rusty not only calmed the old man, 
but hit him for another forty grand. 
He was an "artist" all right. 

The last I heard of Rusty he was broke 
and running from his bodyguard, 
whom he had neglected to pay. 

When Rusty Diamond had a buck 
he made Howard Hughes look like a bum. 
He never realized 
that just being himself would have been good enough. 
Once, when we were alone, I saw him in tears, 
saying that nobody really cared for him. 
But he had set it up that way by acting the bigshot, 
and trying to buy admiration and loyalty. 

Wherever he is now, 
we'd like to tell him that we're still getting little royalties 
from his old records, 
an indication that he had some musical talent too. 

Also, we'd kinda like to see him again, 
even if he is broke, 
and a general pain in the neck. 

Copyright  August 21, 2006 Jack Blanchard. All rights reserved. 
Reprinted by permission.

 

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