Friday, December 20, 2013

2013 Year in Review: Classic Rock Music Journalist Ray Shasho Rates ‘Best of the Best’


It’s time to rank the most popular classic rock music articles for 2013 based on readership page views. In 2013 …Music Journalist Ray Shasho conducted (31) in-depth interviews with some of the greatest music legends of our time and reviewed numerous concerts and events around the Tampa Bay area.

Since joining in December of 2010 … Shasho has solely orchestrated and conducted nearly 100 in-depth interviews with rock & roll folklore. Ray’s only motivation is a bona fide respect for the artist and his never-ending compassion for the music.
2013 was another awesome year for classic rock music. The legends continue to sell-out local venues, draw huge crowds at outdoor music events, and perform on packed cruise liners sailing the seven seas.

   We also say goodbye to these music artists and pioneers in 2013
…Their spirit and music will live-on forever!

Alan Myers, Alan O’ Day, Allen Lanier, Alvin Lee, Andy Johns, Annette Funicello, Bobby Bland, Bobby Rogers, Chi Cheng, Chris Kelly, Chrissy Amphlett, Claude Nobs, Cleotha Staples, Clive Burr, Cowboy Jack Clement, Damon Harris, Dan Toler, Dani Crivelli, Darryl Read, Dean Barlow, Deke Richards, Dick Dodd, Donald Byrd, Ed Shaughnessy, Eydie Gorme, George Duke, George Jackson, George Jones, Gordon Stoker, Hugh C. McCracken, Jack Stokes, Jackie Lomax, Jeff Hanneman, Jerry Steinholtz, Jimmy Dawkins, Jimmy O’Neill, JJ Cale, Joe Kelley, Joey Covington, John Wilkinson, Kevin Ayers, Lee Crystal, Leroy Bonner, Lou Reed, Magic Slim, Mike Shipley, Mindy McCready, Neil Smith, Noel Harrison, Patti Page, Patty Andrews, Pete Haycock, Peter Banks, Phil Ramone, Ray Dolby, Ray Manzarek, Ray Price, Reg Presley, Richard Street, Rick Huxley, Ritchie Havens, Roger Pope, Ronnie Splinter, Shadow Morton, Sid Bernstein, Slim Whitman, Stanley Knight, Storm Thorgerson, Tony Sheridan, Trevor Bolder.
There was many more music industry professionals that have left us in 2013 that are not mentioned here … Thank you all for everlasting music!

Now we count down the Top 20 rankings for the Most Popular Interviews/Article of the year based on readership page views. (Click on each link to read the interview/article)

1 - Robin Trower Interview: The guitar supremacy of Trower continues to spellbound
2 - Burton Cummings: The Guess Who legend reveals true origin of “American Woman"
3 - 'Roger Hodgson' interview: The legendary voice and lyricist of 'Supertramp'
4 – Tom Johnston Interview: Doobie Brothers timelessly rockin’ down the highway
5 - Alvin Lee legendary British blues guitarist dead at 68
6 - Pete Best Interview: The Beatles Conspiracy?
7 - Julian Lennon Interview: New Release ‘Everything Changes’ is Masterful!
8 - Mick Box of Uriah Heep “When we were onstage, we were untouched and unbeatable."
9 - Billy Cobham Interview: ‘Before Jeff Beck there was Billy Cobham'
10 - Lita Ford Interview: A ‘Runaway’ who became the electric queen of rock and metal
11- John Mayall Dazzles Sarasota Audience on his 80th Birthday
12-“Renaissance: Grandine il Vento” album review: Fantastico!
13- Exclusive Interview with Ian Gillan of Deep Purple: Now What?!
14-Marky Ramone Interview: Ramones drummer talks ‘Dust to Punk’ Saga
15- Billy J. Kramer outraged over Brian Epstein’s absence from Rock Hall of Fame
16- Exclusive: John Kay of Steppenwolf returns to protect wildlife and human rights
17- Steve Hackett: An intimate chat with the prodigious guitarist of 'Genesis'
18- ‘Melanie’ Safka Exclusive: "My Mother Drove Me To Woodstock" (Part 1)
19- ‘Melanie’ Safka Exclusive: “My Mother Drove Me To Woodstock” (Part 2)
20- Dr. John interview: Musically he’s been in the Right Place at the Right Time

(Honorable Mentions)

Billy Gibbons: “We fired up the tempo, cranked up the volume, and let it rip!"
Dave Davies interview: ‘Kinks’ guitar legend releases brilliant new music
Chuck Negron of Three Dog Night Interview: Happy Together Tour 2013
Roger Earl 'Foghat' Legend talks about Willie Dixon and Honoring the Blues
KANSAS: American Progressive Rock Heroes
Corky Laing: Mountain Legendary Drummer talks about Brilliant Rock Opera Release
Ted Nugent Interview: Our First American Rock and Roll President?
Slide guitarist Roy Rogers talks ‘Twisted Tales’ final album with Ray Manzarek
Mike Love Interview: Beach Boys headed for Seminole Hard Rock in Tampa.
Joey Molland Interview: The Legacy of ‘Badfinger’ Rocks On!
Cherie Currie Exclusive: “Kenny do the right thing and give me my record!”

As always, I want to thank all the public relation firms, artist management, concert promoters, and venue staffers that I’ve worked with throughout the year, but especially to the readers who have graciously surfed their way to my column.

Coming up to start 2014 … An interview with legendary drummer Carmine Appice (Vanilla Fudge, Cactus, Beck, Bogert &Appice)

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