Friday, June 8, 2018

IVAN BROWNE "GREEN TAMBOURINE" LEGENDARY SINGER WITH THE LEMON PIPERS SPECIAL GUEST ON THE RAY SHASHO SHOW-BBS RADIO

      I   V   A   N     
B   R   O   W   N   E
THE VOICE OF #1 BILLBOARD
 HOT 100 CLASSIC HIT 
"GREEN 
TAMBOURINE"
w/THE LEMON PIPERS
EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW


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.


-Underground Music of the 60s

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 & Isa Browne visit  www.ivanandisa.com
Very special thanks to Isa Browne for arranging this interview with Ivan Browne and of course the dynamic duo of Doug & Don Newsom of BBS Radio for making the magic happen for each and every broadcast of The Ray Shasho Show. If you have comments of suggestions for the show contact me at therayshashoshow@gmail.com.

I  V  A  N    B  R  O  W  N  E
THE VOICE OF TIMELESS #1 HIT 

"GREEN TAMBOURINE"

SPECIAL GUEST ON

THE RAY SHASHO SHOW
BBS RADIO
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Tuesday, May 29, 2018

MICHAEL DES BARRES LEGENDARY ROCKER & EVIL TV VILLAIN:EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW ON THE RAY SHASHO SHOW-BBS RADIO

M I C H A E L 
 D E S  B A R R E S
LEGENDARY ROCKER 
W/SILVERHEAD & DETECTIVE 
SINISTER VILLAIN 'MURDOC'
ON TV'S MACGYVER
EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW

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 February 2nd to CBS’s MacGyver reboot (alongside the new Murdoc, played by David Dastmalchian), in the much-anticipated, “Murdoc vs. Murdoc” episode.

MICHAEL
DES  BARRES

THE KEY 
TO 
THE UNIVERSE


available at amazon.com


MICHAEL DES BARRES
EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW
ON THE RAY SHASHO SHOW
BBS RADIO 1

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Thursday, May 10, 2018

FELIX CAVALIERE OF THE RASCALS: ROCK LEGEND SPECIAL GUEST ON THE RAY SHASHO SHOW

RASCALS LEGEND
F  E  L  I  X    
C  A  V  A  L  I  E  R  E
'The King of Blue Eyed Soul'

EXCLUSIVE
INTERVIEW

ON THE RAY SHASHO SHOW
BBS RADIO


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 Cropper, 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.

The Rascals have generated …
20 -Top 40 Hits
7 -Top 10 Hits
3 -No. 1 Mega Hits
Their 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


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

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





F  E  L  I  X    C  A  V  A  L  I  E  R  E 

OF THE RASCALS
EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW
ON THE RAY SHASHO SHOW
-BBS RADIO
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Friday, April 27, 2018

'MELANIE' SAFKA ONCE HAILED AS THE FEMALE BOB DYLAN INTERVIEWED ON BBS RADIO

'M   E   L   A   N   I   E'
SONGWRITER -MUSICIAN-
'THE VOICE OF A GENERATION'
SPECIAL GUEST ON
THE RAY SHASHO SHOW

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 WightStrawberry 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.


You can purchase Melanie’s latest EP release Ragamuffin at amazon.com
For further information about Melanie Safka please visit
www.melaniesafka.com  …Official website

MELANIE

RAGAMUFFIN



AVAILABLE
AT

AMAZON.COM 




'M   E   L   A   N   I   E'
INTERVIEWED ON
THE RAY SHASHO SHOW
-BBS RADIO
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Friday, April 13, 2018

LEE KERSLAKE: URIAH HEEP AND 'OZZY' LEGEND INTERVIEWED ON THE RAY SHASHO SHOW-BBS RADIO

L    E    E

K    E    R    S    L    A    K    E

LEGENDARY DRUMMER
WITH
URIAH HEEP
AND
OZZY OSBOURNE
Lee Kerslake is an English musician, best known as the longtime drummer and backing vocalist for the rock band Uriah Heep, in addition to his work in the Ozzy Osbourne band
Kerslake joined Uriah Heep in November 1971, left the band in October 1979, and rejoined them in April 1982. In early 2007 it was announced on the Heep website that Kerslake left the band ‘due to ongoing health problems’.
With Heep, Kerslake also performed backing vocals both on album and on stage. On the Firefly album he was credited with the nickname “The Bear”, a reference to his beard growth and overall solid physical build.

During his time out of Uriah Heep, he worked with Ozzy Osbourne, with whom he recorded Blizzard of Ozz and Diary of a Madman, and played with bass guitarist Bob Daisley, who later joined Uriah Heep. On the Diary of a Madman notes, Kerslake and Daisley weren’t credited. The two musicians  were fired in late March 1981, just after the recording session, and replaced for the tour by Tommy Aldridge and Rudy Sarzo. Aldridge’s and Sarzo’s photos were put on the album and they were credited as studio musicians, but they didn’t play on the album.
In 1998, Kerslake and Daisley filed suit against Ozzy Osbourne and his manager (and wife) Sharon Osbourne, seeking royalties and songwriting credits for their contributions to the Blizzard of Ozz and Diary of a Madman albums. Osbourne subsequently erased Kerslake and Daisley’s playing on both albums, replacing their performances with tracks by bassist Robert Trujillo and drummer Mike Bordin.

In 2003, Kerslake and Daisley’s lawsuit was dismissed by the United States District Court in Los Angeles. This dismissal was upheld by the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Lee now performs with his own band “The Lee Kerslake Band”, guests with various bands and regularly joins ex-Heep members Ken Hensley and Paul Newton in “Uriah Heep Legends”

For more information about Lee Kerslake visit …
http://www.leekerslake.com/



BERGGREN
KERSLAKE
BAND

THE
SUN HAS
GONE HAZY

available at amazon.com


L    E    E     
K    E    R    S    L    A    K    E
INTERVIEWED ON
THE RAY SHASHO SHOW -BBS RADIO

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