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The Ray Shasho Show

The Ray Shasho Show with Ray Shasho
Show Host: 
Ray Shasho

THE RAY SHASHO SHOW is devoted to promoting authors and musicians worldwide. Ray spotlights exclusive interviews with both legendary and up and coming artists. Ray also features the movers and shakers of the music and publishing industries and suggests important methods for getting the most out of your public relations and marketing methods.

Important links:

https://www.publicityworksagency.com/ Publicity Works Agency

www.classicrockmusicwriter.com The Classic Rock Music Reporter

www.classicrockhereandnow.com Classic Rock Here and Now

www.musictriedandtrue.com Music Tried and True

Bi-Weekly Show
Station 1
Wednesday
Starts: 
5:00 pm PT
Ends: 
5:55 pm PT

Talk Show Program Archives for Podcasting

Ray Shasho welcomes Lee Kerslake legendary drummer with Uriah Heep and Ozzy Osbourne, April 11, 2018 Lee Kerslake legendary drummer chats with Ray Shasho
The Ray Shasho Show welcomes Joe Deninzon of 'Stratospheerius', March 28, 2018 Joe Deninzon 'the Jimi Hendrix of the violin'
'Vanilla Fudge' music legend Mark Stein on The Ray Shasho Show, March 14, 2018 'The Mark Stein Project' will be releasing a new EP & Video in 2018
Ray Shasho welcomes Candlebox lead singer and songwriter Kevin Martin, February 28, 2018 Kevin Martin lead singer-songwriter-guitarist with Candlebox on The Ray Shasho Show
Uriah Heep Legend Mick Box from The House of Blues in Orlando, February 18, 2018 Ray Shasho Welcomes Uriah Heep Legend Mick Box from The House of Blues
Alannah Myles ("Black Velvet") Queen: Special Guest on The Ray Shasho Show, February 14, 2018 Alannah Myles Legendary Songstress on The Ray Shasho Show
Chuck Negron Three Dog Night Legend on The Ray Shasho Show, January 31, 2018 Chuck Negron Legendary Singer for Three Dog Night on The Ray Shasho Show
Keith Thibodeaux "Little Ricky" from I Love Lucy interviewed on The Ray Shasho Show, January 17, 2018 Keith Thibodeaux Legendary TV Icon visits The Ray Shasho Show

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Featured Guests

Guest, Corey Glover June 20, 2018
Guest, Ivan Browne June 6, 2018
Guest, Melanie Safka April 25, 2018
Guest, Lee Kerslake April 11, 2018
Guest, Joe Deninzon March 28, 2018
Guest, Mark Stein March 14, 2018
Guest, Kevin Martin February 27, 2018
Guest, Mick Box February 18, 2018
Guest, Alannah Myles February 14, 2018
Guest, Chuck Negron January 31, 2018
Guest, Keith Thibodeaux January 17, 2018
Guest, Steve Hunter December 20, 2017
Guest, Derek Shulman December 6, 2017
Guest, Mason Williams December 3, 2017
Guest, Nona Hendryx November 22, 2017
Guest, Kim Simmonds November 8, 2017

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Ray Shasho Ray Shasho Lakewood Ranch FL USA Facebook Twitter LinkedIn YouTube The Publicity Works Agency, The Classic Rock Music Reporter, Classic Rock Here and Now, Music Tried and True, Rock Writer, Author Site, Keys and Chords, The Ray Shasho Show
Occupation:
Talk Show Host, Electronics Entrepreneur, Author, Classic Rock Music Journalist and Director of PR Exposure Now
Biography:

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Music journalist Ray Shasho was dubbed ‘Rock Raymond’ by friends and family for his love of rock music. Since a kid growing up in Baltimore, Maryland he became obsessed with music. In high school, he attended hundreds of rock concerts and even took a job at the famed Capital Centre arena to meet his favorite rock stars before and after their shows. After graduating from a CBS owned broadcasting school in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, Ray became a Top 40 radio deejay in the late 70’s and early 80’s and his life became the music. Unfortunately radio stations trusted computers (Arbitron ratings) over human instincts. It was the early radio jocks who discovered great music and put it out over the airwaves. Radio became mundane when they began mimicking each other based on the Arbitrons.

After his stint in radio, Shasho became an entrepreneur in electronics. Ray and his family owned and operated cutting-edge retail electronic businesses in Washington, D.C.  Shasho witnessed all the technological advancements firsthand and how it affected the music industry. From early transistor radios, record players, reel to reel tape recorders, cassette and eight track tape players, walkmans, CD players to MP3’s. Some of Ray’s clients included … Chuck Norris, James Mason, Ted Williams, Alex Haley, Art Buchwald, Dick Gregory, Dionne Warwick, John Candy, Jon Voight and General Colin Powell.

Ray Shasho published his first novel entitled Check the Gs, Ray’s comical and awe-inspiring novel about growing up in the family business. Shasho subsequently released a second novel entitled, Wacky Shenanigans on F Street-Proud to be Politically Incorrect in Washington D.C.

In 2010, Ray Shasho became a classic rock music journalist in St. Petersburg, Florida. It started out as a fun gig to help promote his book but something very extraordinary transformed. Shasho began covering concerts and music events around the Tampa Bay area and decided to take a crack at interviewing some of the rock music legends that he idolized all of his life. 

Ray’s very first “rock star” interview was Joe Lala who lived in Tampa, Florida. He contacted Joe by way of the internet and scheduled an interview at Joe’s home. Ray was surprised how cordial and amendable Joe was to tell the story about his rock and roll past. Ray and Joe spent hours together reliving his days of playing percussion with Blues Image, Stephen Stills and Manassas, The Bee Gees and Firefall. Joe disclosed stories about jamming with Jimi Hendrix and throwing Mick Jagger out of his hotel room in New York City. After the interview, Joe asked Ray to be his personal assistant and later to help write his own personal memoir.  Shasho was so overwhelmed with the ease of the interview that he immediately began his search for the next one.

Ray quickly became one of the top music journalists in the country. His column is read by thousands of music enthusiasts daily and Shasho’s in-depth interviews, album and concert reviews are featured on artist websites around the globe.

Shasho began asking each legendary musician, singer and songwriter this question … If you had a “Field of Dreams” wish, like the movie, to play or collaborate with anyone from the past or present, who would that be? The question became eminent to the interviewer and interviewee and the responses will surely surprise the most discerning music enthusiast.

Ray is currently the director of ‘The Publicity Works Agency’ promoting authors and musicians across the globe. His new book is entitled RADIO KILLED THE ROCK STAR  ‘WHEN THE MUSIC WE IDOLIZED VANISHED’  featuring over 50 Intimate Conversations with the Music Legends That Set Us Free. (A release date has not been announced as of yet) Music Journalist Ray Shasho has been on a rock and roll pilgrimage to help promote and save the greatest music the world has ever known.

Here’s a list of the music artists Ray has interviewed for the book and recently on BBS radio to help promote.

PRINT INTERVIEWS

  • Joe Lala (Blues Image,Stephen Stills and Manassas)
  • Jim McCarty (The Yardbirds,Renaissance)
  • Eric Burdon (The Animals,War)
  • Mark Lindsay (Paul Revere and the Raiders)
  • Mark Volman (The Turtles,Frank Zappa and the Mothers of In vention)
  • Joe Lynn Turner (Rainbow,Deep Purple)
  • Gregg Rolie (Santana,Journey)
  • Mark Farner(Grand Funk Railroad)
  • Dave Mason (Traffic)
  • Jon Anderson (YES)
  • Ronnie Montrose (Montrose)
  • Tony Levin (Peter Gabriel, Levin Torn White)
  • Billy Sherwood (YES,Circa)
  • Tommy James (Shondells)
  • Stanley Sheldon (Peter Frampton)
  • Kim Wilson (The Fabulous Thunderbirds)
  • Todd Rundgren (Utopia)
  • Pat Simmons (Doobie Brothers)
  • Janet Robbins (Daughter of Marty Robbins)
  • Barry Winslow (The Royal Guardsmen)
  • Norman Greenbaum (Spirit in the Sky)
  • Demetri Joannou (Blue Moon Harem)
  • Kim Simmonds (Savoy Brown)
  • Roger McGuinn (The Byrds)
  • Al Atkins (Judas Priest)
  • Paul May (Atkins/May Project)
  • Roger Fisher (Heart)
  • Greg Lake (King Crimson, Emerson,Lake and Palmer)
  • Nils Lofgren (Grin, Bruce Springsteen and the E street Band)
  • Tommy Roe (Sheila,Sweet Pea,Dizzy)
  • Chris Stein (Blondie)
  • Ian Anderson (Jethro Tull)-2012
  • Henry McCullough (Joe Cocker & The Grease Band, Paul McCartney & Wings)
  • Merrell Fankhauser (The Impacts, MU, Merrell And The Exiles, Fapardokly)
  • Andy Powell (Wishbone Ash)
  • Frank Marino (Mahogany Rush)
  • Chris Squire (YES)
  • Gary Puckett (The Union Gap)
  • Micky Dolenz(The Monkees)
  • Michael Des Barres (Silverhead,Detective)
  • Eric Johnson ("Cliffs of Dover")
  • Colin Blunstone(The Zombies)
  • Suzi Quatro(Queen of Rock)
  • Steve Hillage(Gong)
  • Lou Gramm (Foreigner)
  • Annie Haslam(Renaissance)
  • Johnny Winter
  • Paul Kantner(Jefferson Airplane,Jefferson Starship)
  • Peter Rivera (Original lead singer and drummer of Rare Earth)
  • Jason Sawford (Australian Pink Floyd)
  • Maria Muldaur
  • Candice Night (Blackmore's Night)
  • Tom Rush
  • Gino Vannelli
  • Jim "Dandy" Mangrum (Black Oak Arkansas)
  • Phil Ehart (Kansas)
  • Pete Best (The Beatles)
  • Dr. John
  • Billy J. Kramer (The Dakotas)
  • John Kay (Steppenwolf) 
  • Tom Johnston (Doobie Brothers)
  • Lita Ford (The Runaways)
  • Robin Trower
  • Roger Hodgson (Supertramp)
  • Joey Molland (Badfinger)
  • Marky Ramone (Dust,Ramones)
  • Mick Box (Uriah Heep)
  • Jeff Berlin (Virtuoso bassist)
  • Ian Gillan (Deep Purple)
  • Gary Lewis (The Playboys)
  • Chuck Negron (Three Dog Night)
  • Dave Davies (The Kinks)
  • Mike Love (The Beach Boys)
  • Billy Cobham (Mahavishnu Orchestra)
  • Burton Cummings (The Guess Who)
  • Gary Wright (Spooky Tooth,"Dream Weaver")
  • Melanie (The Voice of the Woodstock generation)
  • Roy Rogers (Virtuoso slide guitarist)
  • Ted Nugent 
  • Corky Laing (Mountain)
  • Cherie Currie (The Runaways)
  • Roger Earl (Foghat)
  • John Mayall (The Bluesbreakers)
  • Julian Lennon 
  • Billy Gibbons (ZZ Top)
  • Steve Hackett (Genesis)
  • Carmine Appice (Vanilla Fudge,Cactus,Beck,Bogert & Appice)
  • Tony Joe White ("Polk Salad Annie", "Rainy Night in Georgia")
  • Geoff Downes (The Buggles, Asia,YES)
  • Petula Clark ("Downtown," "A Sign of the Times," "Don't Sleep in the Subway")
  • Michael Pinder (The Moody Blues)
  • Joe Bonsall (The Oak Ridge Boys)
  • Wayne Swinny (Saliva)
  • Judy Collins
  • Ian Anderson (Jethro Tull) -2014
  • Jack Bruce (Cream,West Bruce & Laing,Robin Trower, Big Blues Band)
  • Chris Thompson (Manfred Mann's Earth Band- "Blinded by the Light")
  • Jann Klose 
  • Andy Summers (The Police,Circa Zero)
  • Dan McCafferty (Nazareth)
  • Arthur Brown (The Crazy World of Arthur Brown)
  • Susanna Hoffs (The Bangles)
  • Jesse Colin Young (The Youngbloods)
  • Darryl Way (Curved Air) 
  • Don Wilson (The Ventures)
  • Patrick Moraz (YES/The Moody Blues
  • Jonathan Edwards ("Sunshine")
  • Al Kooper (The Blues Project, Blood,Sweat & Tears,Bob Dylan,Mike Bloomfield)
  • Mary Sarah (Country music's newest shining star)
  • Edgar Winter ("Frankenstein," "Free Ride")
  • Keith Emerson (The Nice,Emerson,Lake & Palmer)
  • Jean-Luc Ponty (Frank Zappa,Mahavishnu Orchestra,Jon Anderson)
  • Randy Bachman (The Guess Who,Bachman-Turner Overdrive)
  • Robin Trower -2014 
  • Trini Lopez ("If I had a Hammer," "Lemon Tree")
  • Barry Hay (Golden Earring) 
  • Ray Thomas (The Moody Blues) 
  • Nikki Lunden & Lora G. (Lunden Rein) 
  • Engelbert Humperdinck ("Release Me,"After The Lovin,'" "The Last Waltz")
  • David Clayton-Thomas (Blood,Sweat and Tears)
  • Dave Edmunds ("I Hear You Knocking")Rockpile
  • Bruce Kulick (KISS,Grand Funk Railroad)
  • Rex Pickett (Author of the ‘Sideways’ trilogy)
  • Stanley Livingston (Chip from My Three Sons)
  • Barry Livingston (Ernie from My Three Sons)
  • Marty Ingels (I'm Dickens, He's Fenster, Dick Van Dyke Show

         RADIO INTERVIEWS

  • Claudette King (B.B. King’s youngest daughter)
  • Kevin Godley (10 cc,Godley and Creme)
  • Martin Barre (Jethro Tull)
  • Geoff Tate (Queensryche/Operation Mindcrime)
  • Vinnie Moore (Alice Cooper,UFO)
  • Beth Hart (World-renowned singer & songwriter)
  • Magic Dick(The J.Geils Band) & Shun Ng (Singer/Songwriter/Guitarist)
  • Gary Lucas (Captain Beefheart) & Jann Klose
  • Kenny Aaronson (Dust,Stories,Bob Dylan,Joan Jett,New York Dolls,Yardbirds)
  • Ewan Currie (Lead Singer & Guitarist for The Sheepdogs)
  • Ginger Gilmour (Author,Sculptor,Poet,and Ex wife of Pink Floyd legend David Gilmour
  • Jamie Glaser (Guitarist for the AndersonPonty Band)
  • Miles Copeland III (Legendary music mogul)
  • Albert Castiglia (Blues Guitarist)
  • Fee Waybill (The Tubes)
  • Janet Robbins (Singer,Songwriter,Multi-instrumentalist,Daughter of Country Music Icon Marty Robbins)
  • Lucie Arnaz (Actress, Singer, Dancer, Broadway star, Producer, and Daughter of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz) 
  • Dennis Locorriere (The voice of Dr Hook)
  • Wally Palmar (Guitarist & songwriter for The Romantics)
  • Wally Stocker (Guitarist for The Babys)
  • Tony Palmer (Legendary British filmmaker & director)
  • Doug Aldrich (Guitarist & songwriter for The Dead Daisies)
  • Laura & Nikki Lunden (Lunden Reign)
  • Ed King (The Strawberry Alarm Clock/Lynyrd Skynyrd)
  • Rick Roberts (Former lead singer/songwriter/guitarist for Firefall)
  • Rich Little (Master celebrity impressionist & Comedian)
  • John Hall (Guitarist,songwriter for 'Orleans')
  • Carl Palmer (Legendary drummer for Asia,Emerson Lake and Palmer)
  • Bobby Kimball (The legendary voice of Toto)
  • Ken Hensley (Uriah Heep)
  • Henry Paul (The Outlaws)
  • Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jr. (The Fifth Dimension)
  • Binky Womack (Nephew of R&B legend Bobby Womack)
  • Alan White (Legendary drummer for 'Y E S')
  • John Sebastian (The Lovin' Spoonful,Welcome Back Kotter theme)
  • Jim Messina (Buffalo Springfield,Poco,Loggins & Messina)
  • Frank Marino (Mahogany Rush)
  • Billy Cobham (Legendary Drummer & Jazz-Fusion Pioneer)
  • Suzi Quatro (Rock and Roll Heroine)
  • Bobby Caldwell (Legendary Drummer-Johnny Winter- Derringer- Allman Brothers-Captain Beyond)
  • Ray Walker (The Jordanaires -Elvis Presley's backup singers)
  • Peter Asher (Peter & Gordon/Legendary Producer/ Head of A&R dept. for The Beatles Apple Records
  • Todd Rundgren (Nazz,Utopia)
  • Candice Night (Blackmore's Night)
  • Roger and Mike Fisher (HEART)
  • Ian McDonald (King Crimson,Foreigner,Honey West)
  • Malik Shakur (Radio Host & Cousin of Tupac Shakur)
  • Cindy Blackman Santana (Virtuoso drummer/Wife of Carlos Santana)
  • Kim Simmonds (Savoy Brown)
  • Nona Hendryx (Labelle) 
  • Derek Shulman (Simon Dupree and The Big Sound, Gentle Giant)
  • Steve Hunter (Lou Reed,Alice Cooper)
  • Steve Fossen & Michael Derosier (HEART)
  • Keith Thibodeaux ('Little Ricky' from I Love Lucy, drummer for David and The Giants)
  • Mason Williams ("Classical Gas" songwriter/ TV comedy writer)
  • Chuck Negron (Three Dog Night)
  • Alannah Myles ("Black Velvet" mega-hit)
  • Mark Stein (Vanilla Fudge)
  • Mick Box (Uriah Heep)
  • Kevin Martin (Candlebox)
  • Lee Kerslake (Legendary drummer with Uriah Heep & Ozzy Osbourne)
  • Joe Deninzon (Stratospheerius)
  • Melanie (Safka) (Songwriter/musician & the voice of a generation)
  • Felix Cavaliere (The Rascals)
  • Michael Des Barres (Silverhead/Detective lead singer/Murdoc villain on McGyver)
  • Ivan Browne (Lead singer with The Lemon Pipers "Green Tambourine")
  • Corey Glover (Living Colour)

About Ray’s company The PUBLICITY WORKS AGENCY

 https://www.publicityworksagency.com website

The Publicity Works Agency is your business confidant. We’re engaged round-the- clock to build your brand and heighten your celebrity status, by utilizing every media promotional tool and source required to insure a successful publicity campaign. Our savvy team of public relation managers and publicists have dedicated over 25 prolific years in publicity, marketing, journalism, sales, finance and entrepreneurial matureness, and are partnered with vital and influential media professionals and experts to empower maximum exposure.

In today’s fast-paced and state-of-the-art world, an ongoing publicity campaign is essential to rise above the competition and become extraordinary and prosperous. The Publicity Works Agency will thrive to take you to that level of success and beyond.  A personal publicist will be at your beck and call to persistently brainstorm and tweak ideas and to reassure that we’ve orchestrated the very best possible publicity campaign tailored to fit your every need.

THE PUBLICITY WORKS AGENCY … We Shine Only When We Make You Shine

Contact us today at 941-877-1552  or email us at  ray@publicityworksagency.com

Ray’s published novels …

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Check the Gs’

The True Story of an Eclectic American Family

and Their Wacky Family Business

AND

Wacky Shenanigans on F Street (2nd Edition)

Proud to be Politically Incorrect in Washington, D.C.

 

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Check the Gs’ At an age when most kids are just getting rid of the training wheels on their bicycle, Ray Shasho entered into a crazy world of secret lingo and bullying sales tactics at the Chin Lung Art Gallery, his father's retail store on the corner of Thirteenth and F Street in Washington, DC. Check the Gs is the true story of how this bizarre family business changed his world forever. Raised by a Cuban Catholic mother and Syrian Jewish father, Shasho made his first sale at the age of six and never looked back. Life in the family business (and in the Shasho family) was never boring. From FBI interrogations to angry mobs, each new day at the Chin Lung Art Gallery brought with it new adventures. Check the Gs tells a story for everyone who is proud their family and heritage but not afraid to laugh at its many eccentricities, and for anyone who has ever worked in retail and experienced its humorous situations and misadventures.

Review …

…“This book takes you away to a time that will never be repeated in America. Where families worked together, ate together, and passed down the family business. Ray tells us his story and you are locked in from the first page. You live inside his family's retail store; when retail meant something before the Best Buys & Walmart's took away the shopping "experience." You're next to Ray when he attends rock concerts by real artists in the Baltimore & Washington DC area. This is a guy that lives & breathes two things: family & music. It’s a beautifully written book that I couldn't put down …

Highly recommended!”

… By Mr. Fitzroy Format: Hardcover

BOTH BOOKS ARE AVAILABLE TO PURCHASE AT AMAZON.COM

Featured Guests on BBS Radio Talk Show Programs

Featured, Guest, Melanie Safka April 25, 2018

Broadcasting Date: 
Wednesday, April 25, 2018 05:00 pm

Guest, Melanie Safka

Guest Name: 
Melanie Safka
'Melanie' Safka Legendary Songwriter/Musician and The Voice of a Generation
Guest Category: 
Guest Occupation: 
Singer-Songwriter-Musician
Guest Biography: 

'M   E   L   A   N   I   E'

S  A  F  K  A

SONGWRITER-MUSICIAN

AND

THE VOICE OF A GENERATION

Melanie Safka (Melanie) was once hailed as the female Bob Dylan. Her awe-inspiring lyrical connotations were accompanied by her majestic voice and an acoustic guitar. She was a lone entity onstage but radiated a powerful force that became the voice and spirit to one of the most important generations the world will ever know.
When I asked Melanie how she developed her unique and sensational singing style she said … “I went out to imitate Billie Holiday and Edith Piaf and got it wrong.”

Melanie was born in Queens, New York to a Russian-Ukrainian Father and an Italian Mother. Her musical career began in Greenwich Village and eventfully landed her first recording contract with Columbia Records. She released several singles on the label but retained greater success after signing with Buddah Records.

Her debut album Born to Be (1968) was acclaimed for her independent music styles. It became clear that there was an exciting new singer on the block. In 1969, the single “Bobo’s Party” a track from her debut album reached #1 in France. Her second studio release Affectionately Melanie (1969) spawned the single “Beautiful People,” the song became a Top 10 hit in the Netherlands.

Melanie’s songs began gaining momentum but she was still, for the most part, considered an unknown to the U.S. music scene until August 15th 1969. Melanie was invited to perform at the Woodstock Music and Art Fair held on a dairy farm in Brethel, New York. Her mother drove her to the event. She had been clueless to the size and significance of the concert until she witnessed Sly Stone walking around and Janis Joplin sipping Southern Comfort while being interviewed by reporters. After arriving at the hotel she was separated from her mother and rushed onto a helicopter. While descending towards the stage area, she was in total disbelief over the mass of people attending the three-day event. Melanie shared a tent with folk musician and composer Tim Hardin while she awaited her turn to perform at the most famous concert event in music history.
  
Several hours later, she was called upon to perform after Ravi Shankar’s set. Melanie was terrified … a lone woman performer with a guitar in front of a half a million people. Without a setlist to guide her, she opened with “Close to It All” followed by “Momma Momma,” “Beautiful People,” “Animal Crackers,” “Mr. Tambourine Man,” “Tuning My Guitar,” and concluded with “Birthday of the Sun,” a song she chose simply because it was raining.
Before and during her performance, concert organizers had distributed candles throughout the crowd. The lit candles during her performance while it rained inspired her profound composition, “(Lay Down) Candles in The Rain” (1970 #6 Billboard Hot 100 singles chart). She also inspired the etiquette of raising candles and cigarette lighters at concerts while portraying an audience of fireflies. 
  
After Woodstock, Melanie became the concert festival queen, performing at such outdoor events as The Isle of Wight, Strawberry fields Festival and Glastonbury Festival. She was also asked to perform on numerous Television programs including Dick Cavett, Ed Sullivan and Johnny Carson.

“(Lay Dow) Candles in The Rain” was followed by “Peace Will Come (According to Plan)” (#32 Hit),” and her Rolling Stones cover, “Ruby Tuesday” (#52 Hit). 

Melanie and husband/ producer Peter Schekeryk formed their own record label called Neighborhood Records in 1971.
Also in 1971, Melanie landed her biggest commercial hit entitled, “Brand New Key” (#1 Billboard Hot 100 singles chart). A song inspired after a stop at a McDonalds fast food restaurant.

Melanie also released “What Have They Done to My Song Ma’” which was also covered by The New Seekers and Ray Charles. The New Seekers also covered “Beautiful People” and “Nickel Song” composed by Melanie.

Melanie set a record for the first female performer to land three simultaneous Top 40 hits … “Brand New Key,” “Ring the Living Bell” and “Nickel Song.”

Melanie was awarded Billboard’s #1 Top Female Vocalist for 1972. She also became a UNISEF Ambassador that same year.

In 1973, Melanie spawned the hit “Bitter Bad” (#36 Billboard Hot 100 singles hit).

In 1989, she won an Emmy Award for writing the lyrics to “The First Time I Loved Forever” the theme song for the TV series 'Beauty and The Beast.'

Melanie’s songs have been covered by countless musicians over the years.

She has sold more than 80- million records to date.

For further information about Melanie please visit ...

www.melaniesafka.com  and

www.facebook.com/therealmelaniesafka

​Also check out the music of Melanie's children, singer/songwriters Leilah and Jeordie

Latest release by Melanie Safka

Featured, Guest, Felix Cavaliere May 9, 2018

Broadcasting Date: 
Wednesday, May 09, 2018 05:00 pm

Guest, Felix Cavaliere

Guest Name: 
Felix Cavaliere
Felix Cavaliere of 'The Rascals' Special Guest on The Ray Shasho Show
Guest Occupation: 
Singer-Songwriter-Musician-Record Producer
Guest Biography: 

'R A S C A L S'   LEGEND

​AND

ROCK & ROLL HALL OF FAMER

F  E  L  I  X   

C  A  V  A  L  I  E  R  E

CELEBRATING 50 YEARS OF MUSIC

The message has always been to stand for peace, love, and happiness. For legendary singer songwriter, FELIX CAVALIERE, making people feel good is primary to his illustrious 50-year career that includes the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Songwriter Hall of Fame, Vocal Group Hall of Fame, and Grammy Hall of Fame. Few artists can claim they defined a generation; FELIX CAVALIERE continues to remind us to keep listening for the world’s beauty.

The classically trained pianist, born in Pelham, New York, idolized Ray Charles, Marvin Gaye, and Sam Cook. FELIX CAVALIERE embraced the Hammond Organ and pioneered a fresh, rock and roll sound. Upon leaving Syracuse University to form the Escorts and become a backup musician for Joe Dee and the Starliters and later Sandy Scott, who knew that his legendary next stop would be the beginning of an illustrious hall of fame career.

Early in 1965, FELIX CAVALIERE formed the ‘Young Rascals’ with Dino Danelli, Eddie Brigati, and Gene Cornish. That October, they caught the attention of promoter/manager Sid Bernstein with their high-energy set at Long Island’s elite club, Barge. Signed to Atlantic Records, and now called The Rascals, the mega hit “Good Lovin’” struck No. 1 in February 1966. They followed suit with a string of hits like “I’ve Been Lonely Too Long,” “Groovin’ (No. 1 in 1967), “How Can I Be Sure,” “A Girl Like You,” “A Beautiful Morning,” and “People Got to Be Free” (No. 1 in 1968). The Rascals are considered the best ‘blue-eyed soul’ group to come out of the 1960s, as well as one of the groups with the most record sales.

By the early 70s, The Rascals experimented with more jazz-influenced sounds, and moved to Columbia Records. The Rascals disbanded in 1972. FELIX CAVALIERE’s solo career thrived during this decade. He released his self-titled debut album with Todd Rundgren at the producer helm. His follow-up albums were Destiny (1974), Castles in the Air (1979) (Castle in the Air produced another Top 40 hit – “Only a Heart Sees” reached No. 2), Dreams in Motion (1994) and in 2008 he collaborated with Stax guitar legend, Steve Crooper, on the Grammy-nominated Nudge it Up a Notch and again in 2010 with Midnight Flyer.

FELIX CAVALIERE calls Nashville home base, where he is constantly collaborating and writing new material. He’s also finishing his memoir and has an active tour schedule with FELIX CAVALIERE’S RASCALS. Visit FELIXCAVALIEREMUSIC.COM.

Some people may not realize it, but The Rascals were the first rock band in the world   — Steven Van Zandt

 

18 Top 40 Hits

5 Top 10 Hits

3 No. 1 Mega Hits

Hits include "Groovin'," "Good Lovin'," "Beautiful Morning," "How Can I Be Sure," and "People Got to Be Free."

Felix Cavaliere is The King of Blue Eyed Soul. His songs helped define a generation. He is a member of… 

The Rock N Roll Hall of Fame

Grammy Hall of Fame

Songwriters Hall of Fame

Vocal Group Hall of Fame

 

For more information about Felix Cavaliere and the Rascals visit www.FelixCavaliereMusic.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/felixcavalieresrascals

And Twitter: https://twitter.com/FelixCavaliere

 

In the ‘60s, music was vibrant, expressive, melodic, and unforgettable

Featured, Guest, Michael Des Barres May 23, 2018

Broadcasting Date: 
Wednesday, May 23, 2018 05:00 pm

Guest, Michael Des Barres

Guest Name: 
Michael Des Barres
Michael Des Barres ... Legendary Rocker and TV Villian
Guest Occupation: 
Singer,songwriter,musician,actor
Guest Biography: 

MICHAEL DES BARRES

LEGENDARY ROCKER

WITH SILVERHEAD & DETECTIVE

TV VILLAIN 'MURDOC' ON MACGYVER

​SPECIAL GUEST ON THE RAY SHASHO SHOW

Born in Hove, Sussex in January 1948, Michael Des Barres is the son of the 25th Marquis Des Barres (himself descended from a legendary and heroic 13th century French knight) who blew most of his fortune on opium and ended up in jail, and a singer-dancer from Liverpool. Brought up in a Gothic Castle, then essentially raised from the age of eight by strippers (due to his mother’s regular incarceration from schizophrenia) and educated at Repton School, Derbyshire, Michael credits his mother for turning him onto Billie Holiday and Elvis and “incorporating fantasy as a form of defence.”

Michael Des Barres is a perfect example of how perseverance, hard work, and a positive outlook, can achieve many of life’s yearnings. Michael is an incredible story; he embraced his passion for the arts and has never looked back.

Acting lessons at the Corona Stage School led to a supporting cast member role as “Williams,” a London East End pupil on the 1967 British drama, To Sir, with Love starring Sidney Poitier. Besides acting, Michael loved music, especially American blues and rock ‘n’ roll. He formed his first band called the Orange Illusion in his teen years.

In 1972, Michael Des Barres became frontman for British glam rockers and cult icons Silverhead. The band eventually signed with Purple Records (owned by Deep Purple) and released two essential albums, Silverhead (1972) and 16 and Savaged (1973).

Silverhead became a significant role model for future generations of glam rock groups.

After the premature disbanding of Silverhead, Michael Des Barres formed Detective. The band was signed to Led Zeppelin’s Swan Song label by legendary guitarist Jimmy Page in 1975. Detective featured guitarist Michael Monarch (Steppenwolf) and Tony Kaye (Yes). The group recorded three studio albums, Detective (1977), It Takes One to Know One (1978), and their third album was recorded on Atlantic Records but never released. (Michael remains friends with Jimmy Page and Robert Plant).

During this time Michael Des Barres appeared on the WKRP in Cincinnati television episode “Hoodlum Rock” as the infamous Sir Charles 'Dog' Weatherbee of the band Scum of the Earth. (Rob Zombie released a song called “Scum of the Earth” in 2000, and a heavy metal band by the name of Scum of the Earth was formed in 2003).

After the break-up of Detective, Michael Des Barres teamed up with Ex-Sex Pistol guitarist Steve Jones to form Chequered Past. The line-up also included bassist Nigel Harrison and drummer Clem Burke from Blondie, and guitarist Tony Sales formerly of Utopia. (The band recorded one album together called Chequered Past). Des Barres also became the lead singer of the touring and Live Aid version of The Power Station, a Duran Duran spin-off band.

Michael Des Barres penned the world-wide hit “Obsession” with Holly Knight, which became a huge hit for the LA new wave group Animation in 1985.

Des Barres states that he loves performing in front of a live audience in a rock ‘n’ roll band, but he’s also in love with all the arts, and in many shapes and forms. He’s also an accomplished actor and probably best known for playing the infamous villain ‘Murdoc’ on the popular TV series MacGyver and ‘Alex’ in the movie Pink Cadillac.

In April of 2012, Des Barres reunited with Silverhead and all his old mates for the first time in 38 years. The band performed to standing room only audiences in Japan. He’s also recently appeared on the television series The Finder, Suits, and the motion picture California Solo.

Michael has appeared in countless film, television, voice-over and stage roles and his credits are awe-inspiring.

Des Barres has also appeared in “Roseanne,” “Seinfeld,” “Renegade,” “Ellen,” “Nip/Tuck,” “Hart To Hart,” “Melrose Place,” “Nash Bridges,” “Northern Exposure,” “Rockford Files,” “St Elsewhere,” “21 Jump Street,” “Frasier,” “Hawaii,” “Bones” and “NCIS,” among many others.

Michael Des Barres' latest release THE KEY TO THE UNIVERSE, returned De Barres firing on all cylinders and lighting up the rock world as only he can.

Michael is currently the host of Little Steven’s Underground Garage on SiriusXM Radio Channel 21, Michael Des Barres is heard by more than six million listeners, five days a week (5am-8am and 9pm-midnight PT).

But many fans will know him best as the original MacGyver villain, Murdoc — and those fans were in for a treat, when Des Barres/Murdoc returned on February 2nd to CBS’s MacGyver reboot (alongside the new Murdoc, played by David Dastmalchian), in the much-anticipated, sure-to-be-epic “Murdoc vs. Murdoc” episode.

​Tune in to Michael Des Barres as the host of Little Steven's Underground Garage on SiriusXM Radio Channel 21 heard by more than six million listeners,five days a week(5am-8am and 9pm-midnight PT)

For more information about Michael Des Barres ...

visit www.michaeldesbarres.com

or on Facebook www.facebook.com/MDesBarres

and on Twitter www.twitter.com/mdesbarres

Also purchase the latest album by Michael Des Barres entitled

THE KEY TO THE UNIVERSE at amazon.com

 

Featured, Guest, Ivan Browne June 6, 2018

Broadcasting Date: 
Wednesday, June 06, 2018 05:00 pm

Guest, Ivan Browne

Guest Name: 
Ivan Browne
Ivan Browne 'The Lemon Pipers' lead singer talks "Green Tambourine"
Guest Category: 
Guest Occupation: 
Singer-Songwriter-Musician
Guest Biography: 

I    V    A    N

B    R    O    W    N    E

FORMER LEAD SINGER FOR THE LEMON PIPERS

AND THEIR NUMBER ONE HIT SINGLE

"GREEN TAMBOURINE"

Ivan Browne (vocals/rhythm guitar), Bill Bartlett (lead guitar), R.G. (Reg) Nave (organ), Steve Walmsley (bass) and Bill Albuagh (drums) - made its debut in 1967 with ‘Turn Around and Take A Look’. Its rudimentary style was then replaced by the measured approach of aspiring songwriting/production team, Paul Leka and Shelly Pinz. Together they created a distinctive Lemon Pipers sound, a sparkling mélange of sweeping strings and percussive vibraslaps exemplified on the group’s million-selling hit, ‘Green Tambourine’. The attendant album contained several songs - ‘Rice Is Nice’, ‘Shoeshine Boy’ - which were recorded in a similar style, but the set also contained the startling ‘Through with You’, an extended tour de force for Bartlett’s rampaging guitar work and a surprise for those anticipating easy-on-the-ear fare. Subsequent recordings failed to match their early success, and although a second album, Jungle Marmalade, offered several inventive moments, the Lemon Pipers were tarred as a bubblegum attraction on the strength of that first hit. The group broke up in 1969, although Bartlett later found success as a member of Ram Jam predominantly known for their hit single "Black Betty" in 1977.

IVAN and his wife ISA started traveling together in 1973. They performed in R.I., Hawaii, Alaska and New Hampshire, where they were married and started the IVAN and ISA BAND in October of 1975. Their musical travels continued to Florida and Ohio. In 1977, I and I settled down in Sonoma County, California, where they played 108 consecutive weeks as a house band at Santa Rosa's Ponderosa Club. In May 1981, they once again packed up their equipment and headed for the east coast and traveling through R.I., Ohio, and back to California. In March of 1985, IVAN and ISA bought a ridgetop home in Mendocino County from the "DOOR'S" Ray Manzarek's family.

For more information about Ivan Browne visit www.ivanandisa.com

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