ABOUT RAY SHASHO

 

Music journalist and talk show host 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, walkman's, 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’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 recently published the first of his book series entitled ...

'THE ROCK STAR CHRONICLES' featuring over 45 recent conversations with the greatest music legends of our time. -Available now at bookbaby.com and amazon.com.

 

NEW BOOK SERIES AVAILABLE NOW!

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LEGENDARY MUSIC ARTISTS INTERVIEWED FOR RAY'S

NEW BOOK SERIES ENTITLED …

'THE ROCK STAR CHRONICLES'

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)

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
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) Part 1&2
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, 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”)

David Clayton-Thomas (Blood, Sweat & Tears)

Dave Edmunds (Rockpile)

Bruce Kulick (KISS, Grand Funk Railroad)

Kevin Godley (10cc)

John Payne (ASIA)

Martin Barre (Jethro Tull)

Geoff Tate (Queensryche)

Vinnie Moore (Alice Cooper,UFO)

Beth Hart (World-renowned singer & songwriter) 

Magic Dick (J.Geils Band) & Shun Ng (International musician)

Gary Lucas (Captain Beefheart) & Jann Klose

Kenny Aaronson (Dust,Stories,Rick Derringer,Bob Dylan,Joan Jett,Yardbirds)

Ewan Currie (The Sheepdogs)

Jamie Glaser (The AndersonPonty Band)

Ginger Gilmour (Ex-wife of legendary Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour)

Miles Copeland III (Legendary music mogul)

Albert Castiglia (Prodigious blues guitarist/singer/songwriter)

Fee Waybill (Legendary frontman for The Tubes)

Janet Robbins (Ambient multi-instrumentalist and daughter of country music icon Marty Robbins)

Roger Earl (Legendary drummer of Foghat)

Lucie Arnaz (Actress,singer,dancer,daughter of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz)

Wally Palmar (Lead singer,songwriter,guitarist for 'The Romantics')

Dennis Locorriere (The Voice of DR HOOK)

Wally Stocker (Lead guitarist for The Babys)

Tony Palmer (Legendary British filmmaker & director)

Doug Aldrich (Guitarist/songwriter for DIO,Whitesnake,The Dead Daisies)

Laura & Nikki Lunden (Lunden Reign)

Jesse Colin Young (The Youngbloods)

Ed King (The Strawberry Alarm Clock/Lynyrd Skynyrd)

Rick Roberts (The Flying Burrito Brothers /Firefall)

Rich Little (Legendary impressionist/comedian

John Hall (Guitarist/Songwriter/Singer for Orleans)

Carl Palmer (Emerson Lake and Palmer/ASIA)

Bobby Kimball (Toto)

Ken Hensley (Uriah Heep)

Henry Paul (The Outlaws)

Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis Jr. (The 5th Dimension) 

Binky Womack (Nephew of R&B Legend Bobby Womack)

Alan White (Legendary drummer for 'Y E S ')

John Sebastian (The Lovin' Spoonful)

Jim Messina (Buffalo Springfield,Poco,Loggins & Messina)

Frank Marino (Mahogany Rush)

Billy Cobham (Legendary drummer- Miles Davis,Mahavishnu Orchestra,Spectrum album)

Suzi Quatro (Rock and Roll Heroine)

Bobby Caldwell (Allman Brothers,Johnny Winter,Derringer,Captain Beyond)

Ray Walker (Bass Singer for 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,legendary producer)

Candice Night (Blackmore's Night)

Roger & Mike Fisher ('HEART')

Ian McDonald (King Crimson/Foreigner)

Malik Shakur (Cousin of Tupac Shakur & Radio host)

Cindy Blackman Santana (Lenny Kravitz,Santana) 

Kim Simmonds (Savoy Brown)

Nona Hendryx (Labelle) 

Derek Shulman (GENTLE GIANT) 

Steve Hunter (Lou Reed,Alice Cooper)

Steve Fossen & Michael Derosier (Original members of 'HEART') 

Keith Thibodeaux (Actor who played Little Ricky on "I Love Lucy" & Original Drummer for 'David & The Giants'

Mason Williams ("Classical Gas" composer/musician/TV Comedy Writer)

Chuck Negron (The voice of Three Dog Night)

Alannah Myles ("Black Velvet" singer/songwriter/actress)

Mark Stein (Vanilla Fudge)

Mick Box (Uriah Heep)

Kevin Martin (Candlebox)

Joe Deninzon (Stratospheerius)

Lee Kerslake (Uriah Heep/Ozzy Osbourne)

Melanie Safka (The voice of a generation)

Felix Cavaliere (The Rascals)

Michael Des Barres (Silverhead & Detective frontman/ 'Murdoc' villain on McGyver TV series

Ivan Browne (Lead singer with The Lemon Pipers "Green Tambourine")

Corey Glover (Frontman for Living Colour/Actor)

Tommy Bolin Tribute w/ Joe Vitale & Kenny Passarelli of Joe Walsh/Barnstorm

Mark Andes (Spirit/JoJo Gunne/Heart/Firefall)

Jock Bartley (Firefall)

Rupert Holmes (“Escape” The Pina Colada Song”)

Eddie “Devil Boy” Turner (Blues Guitarist)

Prairie Prince (The Tubes,Jefferson Starship,Todd Rundgren)

John McNally (The Searchers)

Greg X Volz (PETRA)

David Huff (David and The Giants)

Elias Soriano (Nonpoint)

Bobby Goldsboro (“Honey”)

Stephen Bishop (“On And On”)

John Lodge (The Moody Blues)

Bruce Soord (The Pineapple Thief)

Sonja Kristina (Curved Air)

Annie Haslam (Renaissance)

Richard Lloyd (Television)

Bob Kulick (KISS/Lou Reed/Meat Loaf/Diana Ross)

Neal Smith (ALICE COOPER)

Doane Perry (Jethro Tull)

Loretta Swit (Iconic TV actress on M*A*S*H)

Paul Nelson (Johnny Winter)

Robert Berry (Keith Emerson/Greg Kihn Band)

Leo Lyons (Ten Years After)

Pat Vegas (Redbone)

Rick Lambert (Empty Trail)

Dr. Neil Ratner MD (Edgar Winter, Pink Floyd, Michael Jackson)

John Mayall (The Bluesbreakers)

Tom Dreesen (Stand-up Comedian and Actor)

Graham Russell (Air Supply)

Dave Cousins (STRAWBS)

Carmine Appice (Vanilla Fudge/Rod Stewart)

Dennis Coffey (The Funk Brothers)

Dave Bickler (Survivor-voice of “Eye of the Tiger”)

Russell Bizzett (Jazz drummer-Jose Feliciano)

Andy Powell (Wishbone Ash)

Connie Francis (Legendary Pop singer)

William King (Motown Legends-The Commodores)

Bill Nelson (Be-Bop Deluxe)

Phil Lanzon (URIAH HEEP)

‘Jim Dandy’ Mangrum (Black Oak Arkansas)

Danny Goldberg (Nirvana’s Manager/Author)

Southside Johnny (Asbury Jukes leader)

Rosalie Cunningham (British prog rock diva & songwriter)

Jeff “Skunk” Baxter (Steely Dan/The Doobie Brothers)

Gary Pihl (Sammy Hagar/Alliance/Boston)

Mitch Ryder (The Detroit Wheels)

Bernard Fowler (The Rolling Stones)

Derek “Mo” Moore (Nektar)

John Ford Coley (England Dan & John Ford Coley)

Greg Kihn (The Greg Kihn Band)

Peter Beckett (The voice of Player)

Dionne Warwick (International superstar)

Robert “Kool” Bell (Kool & the Gang)

Tony Brock (The Babys)

Myles Goodwyn (April Wine)

Dennis Diken (The Smithereens)

Martha Davis (The Motels)

Frankie Banali (Quiet Riot)

David Marks (The Beach Boys)

Jack Russell (Great White)

Rex Pickett (Sideways trilogy author and screenwriter)

Don Felder (Eagles)

Dave Pegg (Jethro Tull/Fairport Convention)

Bruce Sudano (Brooklyn Dreams/Legendary Songwriter/Music partner w/wife Donna Summer

Stanley Livingston (“Chip” Douglas from My Three Sons)

Bob Catley (Magnum lead singer)

Kenny Kramer (The real Cosmo Kramer of Seinfeld)

Dennis MacKay (Legendary engineer & producer)

Steve “Lips” Kudlow (lead singer of ANVIL)

Tom Rush (Master storyteller)

David Clayton-Thomas (Legendary voice of Blood, Sweat & Tears)

Mike Finnigan (Legendary session player/Jimi Hendrix/Electric Ladyland 

Reggie McBride (Legendary Bassist Rare Earth, Keb' Mo', Rod Stewart, Stevie Wonder, Elton John)

Johnnie Bolin Drummer (Black Oak Arkansas/Brother of Tommy Bolin)

Bobby Berge (Tommy Bolin/Buddy Miles)

Greg Errico (Original drummer w/Sly & The Family Stone)

Jimmy Haun (Guitarist -YES/Air Supply/CIRCA)                                       

Jan Hammer (Mahavishnu Orchestra/ Jeff Beck/Jan Hammer Group/Miami Vice)

Andy Tillison (Keyboardist-singer-songwriter w/prog rock group The Tangent)

Mike Pinera (Blues Image/Iron Butterfly/Alice Cooper)

Chris James (The Burrito Brothers)

Tom Chapin (Singer/Songwriter/Storyteller/Brother of Harry Chapin)

Joe Puerta (Bruce Hornsby & the Range/AMBROSIA)

Don Dannemann (The Cyrkle …“Red Rubber Ball”…”Turn Down Day”)

Lee Oskar (Legendary Harmonica player w/WAR/LowRider Band)

Kelly Nickels (Faster Pussycat/L.A. Guns)

Vinny Appice (DIO, Black Sabbath, Heaven and Hell)

Jimmy Hall (Wet Willie)

Jonell Mosser (Revered Nashville vocalist)

Frank Van Bogaert (Fish on Friday)