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Author and 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.
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 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.
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.
On December 22nd, 2010 after publishing his first novel entitled Check the Gs, an awe-inspiring personal memoir about growing up in the family business; Ray Shasho joined Examiner.Com as a classic rock music journalist in St. Petersburg, Florida. Examiner is a division of the Clarity Media Group, owned by AEG, one of the largest sports and entertainment companies in the world, AEG Live promoted The Rolling Stones ‘50 & Counting’ tour.
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 Shasho 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.
In Shasho's current book project, 'Saving Rock and Roll' ... Ray doesn’t simply write about the music and artists that influenced countless generations and millions upon millions of music fans worldwide, that would be way too easy, instead, Shasho brings the actual music legend to the reader. The historical value alone of assembling over 150 music legends over a four year span and documented in a single publication is an unimaginable feat. From January 2011 through 2015, music journalist Ray Shasho conducted over 150 candid interviews with some of the greatest music legends of our time. After reading each interview, it will seem as you’re the one chatting with your favorite rock and roll hero. Even though their music lives on, the artists are vanishing and will soon be gone …forever.
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Here’s a list of Music Artists Ray Shasho has interviewed and helped to promote …
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 Invention)
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)
Lou Gramm (Foreigner)
Paul Kantner(Jefferson Airplane,Jefferson Starship)
Peter Rivera (Original lead singer and drummer of Rare Earth)
Jason Sawford (Australian Pink Floyd)
Candice Night (Blackmore's Night)
Jim "Dandy" Mangrum (Black Oak Arkansas)
Phil Ehart (Kansas)
Pete Best (The Beatles)
Billy J. Kramer (The Dakotas)
John Kay (Steppenwolf)
Tom Johnston (Doobie Brothers)
Lita Ford (The Runaways)
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")
Roy Rogers (Virtuoso slide guitarist)
Corky Laing (Mountain)
Cherie Currie (The Runaways)
Roger Earl (Foghat)
John Mayall (The Bluesbreakers)
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)
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")
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
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, BTO)
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”)
Dave Edmunds (Rockpile)
Bruce Kulick (KISS, Grand Funk Railroad)
Some of the Authors Ray helped to promote …
Barry Livingston: (American television and film actor, known for his role as Ernie Douglas on the television series My Three Sons). The Importance of Being Ernie: From My Three Sons to Mad Men, a Hollywood Survivor Tells All.
Tommy James : (American pop-rock musician, singer, songwriter, and record producer, widely known as leader of the 1960s rock band Tommy James and the Shondells) Me, the Mob, and the Music: One Helluva Ride with Tommy James & the Shondells.
Suzi Quatro: (British-based American singer-songwriter, bass guitar player, and actor. She was the first female bass player to become a major rock star breaking a barrier to women's participation in rock music). ‘Unzipped.’
Joe Bonsall: (Member of the Oak Ridge Boys, since 1973 and author) G.I. Joe & Lillie: Remembering a Life of Love and Loyalty
Rex Pickett: (American novelist and filmmaker best known for his novel Sideways, which was adapted into a 2004 movie of the same name that received widespread acclaim and popularized pinot noir wine). "Sideways 3 Chile" is the third, and final, novel in the trilogy that began with "Sideways."
Dr. Ken Jeremiah: (Frequent guest on the History channels ‘Ancient Aliens’) Eternal Remains: World Mummification and the Beliefs That Make It Necessary.
Some of Ray’s clients in the Sales world …
Chuck Norris - James Mason -Art Buchwald-Dick Gregory-Hugh O’Brian-Jon Voight-General Colin Powell- Lee Atwater-Ted Williams-Clifton Davis, John Candy, members of the Dallas Cowboys and Boston Celtics.
'Check the Gs' -The True Story of an Eclectic American Family and Their Wacky Family Business.
Also released as 'Wacky Shenanigans on F Street'- Proud to be Politically Incorrect in Washington D.C.
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Author of 'Check the Gs' and 'Wacky Shenanigans' on F Street
'Check the Gs'
The True Story of an Eclectic American Family and Their Wacky Family Business
By Ray Shasho
Ray Shasho was labeled 'Rock Raymond' in high school after demonstrating his obsession for rock music. Shasho was a Top 40 radio deejay in the late '70s and early '80s. He’s attended hundreds of rock concerts and has rubbed elbows with some of rock’s legends.
Saving Rock and Roll
Ray Shasho is nearing completion of his book entitled 'Saving Rock and Roll' The book spotlights over 150 recent and candid conversations with the greatest music legends of our time.
The blues, jazz and rock and roll are America’s contribution to the arts, so why are we not fighting to preserve our own musical legacy and culture?
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