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                                   Janet Oseroff / J. E Laine                                                                                                     

J. E. Laine is the alter ego of many decades music and entertainment business veteran Janet Oseroff. She decided on an alter ego as a fun way to separate her business side from her creative side.  Oseroff makes business deals for artists and corporations, has appeared as herself in three major motion pictures - and J. E. Laine writes and records songs, writes books, she is a pianist, aspiring actress and clothing designer.

Oseroff has worked globally in multi-media deals and management of product and talent in music, records, comedy, film, television, radio, digital, live shows, music publishing, books, book publishing - and has been part of trends that became industry standard and culturally mainstream.

She has worked with legends as diverse as Ronnie Spector with whom she was variously co-manager or management consultant with Jonathan Greenfield for over four decades, she managed Soupy Sales, made numerous deals for The Orchard, Chris ‘Animal House’ Miller, Kenny ‘Seinfeld’s the real’ Kramer, Artie ”Woodstock” Kornfeld. She worked with Atlantic Records (Aretha Franklin, The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Crosby Stills Nash & Young, Ray Charles, Dr. John, Wilson Pickett, Roberta Flack, The Bee Gees, Yes, Herbie Mann, AWB, ELP, J. Geils Band, King Curtis, Ben. E. King), TK Records (KC and The Sunshine Band, Betty Wright, George McCrae, Timmy Thomas, Bobby Caldwell, Asha Puthli, Ralph MacDonald, Latimore, Foxy, Gwen McCrae, Dorothy Moore, Anita Ward, Eddie Daniels, Peter Brown), Jimmy Cliff’s management, a Bob Marley album.

She managed Little Isidore and The Inquisitors, consulted for Bachelors III working with Ray Charles, Lou Rawls, Righteous Brothers, Peter Graves Band with Jaco Pastorius, Phyllis Diller, Charo, Della Reese. She consulted for Criteria Recording Studios, and for one of the first rap labels Rojac & Tayster with Lovebug Starski, Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde, Harlem World Crew. She produced a show starring Eartha Kitt which she emceed with NY radio DJ Chuck Leonard, she started her career in 1966 working with Robin Leach and his GO Magazine - and so much more.

Oseroff has appeared in three major motion pictures as herself: 1958’s Marjorie Morningstar; All By Myself: The Eartha Kitt Story in 1982; and the 2015 documentary film The Record Man - and she is pursuing acting.  She opened The Rolling Stones’ Maysles Brothers film Gimme Shelter in Europe, the Middle and Far East, she consulted for Aries Film Releasing with films as Superstar: The Life and Times of Andy Warhol, Dr. Petiot, The Icicle Thief.  She consulted the album release for the Philip Glass-Godfrey Reggio film and soundtrack Koyaanisquatsi for Island Records, and the Caligula soundtrack for Penthouse Records.

She was the renowned Quotation of the Day in The New York Times in 2001 because she caught Verizon trying to deceive its customers. She wrote The Miami Sound Explosion for Columbia Pictures Publications and Chromachron: The Story of Color Time with Tian Harlan both in 1976. She is a member of the august Friars Club in New York City and Mystery Writers of America. She has long been on the board of opera’s The Giulio Gari Foundation and business managed the 2001 Peace Diaries response to 9/11 involving children all over the world which was praised by then President Bill Clinton and the United Nations.

She is writing a show using songs from her New 50s Music For Today catalogue which are published by her Soggy Music – BMI.  Her two mystery novels Midnight Song and Blackbird and The Black Flower Murders are published by her Beachbooks Entertainment, Inc. - and she has most of the songs ready for her next album.

Oseroff was born on December 19, 1944 in Deming, New Mexico and grew up on Long Island, NY. She was taught piano when she was four years old by her aunt who was attending Julliard, her dad sang, her parents played records in the house all day and everyone danced, and they all sang in the car – she thought everyone did that. She played the accordion and then drums in her Jr. High School Band, and tympani’s in her High School orchestra. When she heard rock and roll and doo wop, she was smitten to the moon and rode her emotions on every chord change. Music grabbed her heart and never let go. And she loves to play piano bar music.

She loves to write - an impassioned song, a book - she loves to design clothing - and while not everything she does is doo wop, she does say that all of them do have the soul of doo wop. And so does she.




Celebrity Access, November 18, 2005

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