Showing posts with label The Rock Star Chronicles. Show all posts
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Friday, January 6, 2023

GARY LEWIS LEGENDARY LEADER OF 60S HITMAKERS THE PLAYBOYS CHATS ABOUT THE HISTORY OF THE BAND, TAKING DRUM LESSONS FROM BUDDY RICH, AND HIS FAMOUS FATHER!

 


 


60s HITMAKERS

G A R Y   L E W I S

A N D

T H E  P L A Y B O Y S

ZOOM TV SPECIAL EVENT

WITH

LEGENDARY SINGER ...MUSICIAN...FOUNDER

... LEADER

G A R Y 

L E W I S

CLICK BELOW

 TO WATCH IN ITS ENTIRETY


Gary Lewis was about as close to being an "overnight success" in the recording field as anyone can get. And - just because it happens so seldom - it is always a special thrill when show business lightning strikes twice in the same family. The comedy antics of Jerry Lewis skyrocketed him to fame when he was just barely out of his teens. No. 1 son Gary had achieved comparable success in the music field... also at a young and carefree age.

The son of a famous father - in any field - is often faced with serious problems in finding and maintaining his own identity. But when Gary Lewis and The Playboys® auditioned for their first job at Disneyland, no one there knew Gary was anybody but a thin drummer. The entertainment director of the park merely liked what he saw and heard and hired Gary and the boys on the spot - much to their surprise. The boys were enthusiastically accepted by the audiences from the very first night, and as the word spread it was not long before they were playing to a packed house every night.

It was the summer of 1964 when Gary Lewis and The Playboys® were discovered by producer Snuff Garret. Before long, with the producer/arranger team of Garrett and Leon Russell behind them, they took their first single, This Diamond Ring straight to number one. After their second hit titled Count Me In went to number two, Gary and the band proved that they would be a continued success. They followed with more Top 10 songs such as Save Your Heart For Me, Everybody Loves A Clown, She's Just My Style, Sure Gonna Miss Her, and many more.

In 1965 Gary himself was Cash Box magazine's "Male Vocalist of the Year", winning the honor over other nominees Elvis Presley and Frank Sinatra. He was the first and only artist during the 1960's to have his first seven releases reach Billboard magazine's Top 10 on the Hot 100 chart. Along with his appearances on various popular television shows including American Bandstand, Hullabaloo, and The Tonight Show. Gary accumulated an impressive five appearances within two years on the Ed Sullivan Show.

With the reoccurring interest in oldies music, Gary Lewis & The Playboys® are one of the hottest acts around. Gary Lewis, along with the Playboys, continues to tour and entertain fans across the country and abroad.




GARY LEWIS & THE PLAYBOYS

TOUR 2023

Venice, FL

BAY INDIES RESORT

Community Ballroom at 7:30pm

March 18th

 

Ocala, FL

TOP OF THE WORLD/ CIRCLE SQUARE

 CULTURAL CENTER

March 23rd

 

St Petersburg, FL 

DUKE ENERGY CENTER FOR THE ARTS

 – MAHAFFEY THEATRE

Also featuring: Jay & the Americans,

 The Cyrkle, The Vogues, Chris

 Ruggiero

March 24th

 

The Villages, FL

SAVANNAH CENTER

Also featuring Rocky & The Rollers

April 12th

 

129 E. Fremont St., Las Vegas, NV,

 89101

GOLDEN NUGGET LAS VEGAS, NV

April 21st

 

Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania

FM KIRBY CENTER

Also featuring: Jay & The Americans,

 The Grass Roots, Jimmy Russo

May 6th


FOR MORE INFORMATION

ABOUT

GARY LEWIS & THE PLAYBOYS

VISIT

www.garylewisandtheplayboys.com

Official website

www.facebook.com/people/Gary-Lewis-and-the-Playboys/100062950732819/

Facebook

https://twitter.com/glewisplayboys

Twitter

 

 

DISCOGRAPHY

Singles

Year         Single

1965 "This Diamond Ring"

"Count Me In"

"Doin' the Flake"

"Save Your Heart for Me"

"Everybody Loves a Clown"

"She's Just My Style"

1966 "Sure Gonna Miss Her"

"Green Grass"

"My Heart's Symphony"

"(You Don't Have To) Paint Me a Picture"

"Where Will the Words Come From"

1967 "Way Way Out"

"The Loser (with a Broken Heart)"

"Girls in Love"

"Jill"

"Has She Got The Nicest Eyes"

1968 "Sealed with a Kiss"

"Main Street"

1969 "Rhythm of the Rain"

"Hayride"

"I Saw Elvis Presley Last Night"

1970 "I'm on the Right Road Now"

1972 "Then Again Maybe"

1975 "One Good Woman"


Albums

Year         Album

1965 This Diamond Ring

A Session with Gary Lewis and the Playboys

Everybody Loves a Clown

She's Just My Style

1966 Hits Again

(You Don't Have To) Paint Me a Picture

1967 New Directions

Listen!

Gary Lewis & The Playboys

1968 Gary Lewis Now!

1969 Rhythm of the Rain/Hayride

Close Cover Before Playing

Rhythm!

I'm on the Right Road Now


Compilation albums

Year         Album

1966 Golden Greats

1968 More Golden Greats

1975 The Very Best of Gary Lewis and the Playboys

1990 The Legendary Masters Series







GARY LEWIS
APPEARS WEEK OF
 JANUARY 7TH 2023
ON INTERVIEWING THE LEGENDS
WITH RAY SHASHO



ORDER NOW

 WHILE SUPPLIES LAST!

RAY’S BEST-SELLING BOOK

ENTITLED

THE ROCK STAR CHRONICLES

SERIES ONE  

CHRONICLES, TRUTHS,

 CONFESSIONS AND WISDOM 

FROM THE MUSIC LEGENDS 

THAT SET US FREE!




BY MUSIC JOURNALIST ...TALK SHOW HOST...  

AUTHOR RAY SHASHO 


Order yours today on (Collector edition) Hardcover or E-book at bookbaby.com and amazon.com

Featuring over 45 intimate conversations with some of the greatest rock legends the world will ever know.

CHRIS SQUIRE... DR. JOHN... GREG LAKE... HENRY MCCULLOUGH... JACK BRUCE … JOE LALA…  JOHNNY WINTER... KEITH EMERSON... PAUL KANTNER...  RAY THOMAS... RONNIE MONTROSE... TONY JOE WHITE... DAVID CLAYTON-THOMAS… MIKE LOVE... TOMMY ROE... BARRY HAY... CHRIS THOMPSON... JESSE COLIN YOUNG... JOHN KAY... JULIAN LENNON... MARK LINDSAY... MICKY DOLENZ… PETER RIVERA ...TOMMY JAMES… TODD RUNDGREN... DAVE MASON... EDGAR WINTER... FRANK MARINO... GREGG ROLIE... IAN ANDERSON... JIM “DANDY” MANGRUM... JON ANDERSON... LOU GRAMM... MICK BOX... RANDY BACHMAN… ROBIN TROWER...  ROGER FISHER... STEVE HACKETT... ANNIE HASLAM… ‘MELANIE’ SAFKA... PETULA CLARK... SUZI QUATRO... COLIN BLUNSTONE… DAVE DAVIES... JIM McCARTY... PETE BEST

 

THE ROCK STAR CHRONICLES

BOOK TRAILER

 

BOOK REVIEW

-By Literary Titan (5) STARS

The Rock Star Chronicles by Ray Shasho, is a splendid book written by a music enthusiast who has poured their heart and soul into it. It’s a story of a boy who loved rock music, and his obsessive passion of it earned himself the name Rock Raymond. He went to school but instead was schooled in all matters of music while his peers were buried chin-deep in coursework. He then became a radio DJ and has now compiled a book on all interviews he held with Rock gods who raided the airwaves back in the 70s and 80s. It’s a compilation of interviews with outstanding vocalists, legendary guitarists and crazy drummers in the rock music scene. Each interview gives a reader an in-depth view into their personal lives and the philosophies that guide their lives which all serve to humanize these great icons. For readers who are old enough to call themselves baby boomers this book will bring old memories back to life. Millennials, on the other hand, may think of this book as a literal work of the Carpool Karaoke show. 

The Rock Star Chronicles is a book I didn’t know I was waiting for. To come across a book that will talk me into trying something new. One brave enough to incite me to venture into new frontiers. This book made me a believer- I am now a bona fide Rock and Roll music fan. 

Ray Shasho masterfully gets the interviewees talking. He smartly coaxes answers from them with crafty questions designed to get a story rolling out of them. The artists talk about diverse issues ranging from music, politics, and their social engagements. Having been on the music seen all his life, Ray Shasho knows the buttons to press, how to get them comfortable about talking about their lives. 

The book’s cover is befitting of its subject matter with the leather look offering a royal background to the golden letter print. It speaks to how high a level rock music holds in the pecking order- arguably, modern music as we know it has originated from blues and rock music.  The second noteworthy thing is the use of high-definition pictures to reference the musician being interviewed in every sub-chapter. This ensures that the book is for both original rock and roll lovers and aspiring new ones. Together is makes for a refreshing and consistently enjoyable read.

I recommend this book to rock music enthusiasts, aspiring musicians wondering what it takes and all readers curious to learn new things by going back in time.

https://literarytitan.com/2020/05/03/literary-titan-book-awards-may-2020/   

Gold Award Winner



MORE BOOKS BY RAY SHASHO





 

Monday, January 2, 2023

BRIAN HYLAND LEGENDARY 60S HITMAKER IN A RARE INTERVIEW WITH RAY SHASHO ON INTERVIEWING THE LEGENDS:ROCK STARS & CELEBS!

 



B R I A N 

H Y L A N D

LEGENDARY 60S HITMAKER

"Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini"

"Sealed with a Kiss"

"Gypsy Woman"

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW 

with RAY SHASHO

CLICK BELOW 

TO LISTEN IN ITS ENTIRETY



At the age of 16, Brian Hyland had the #1 record in the country, “Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini”, for which he received a Gold Record.


Brian moved from Kapp Records, which produced Itsy Bitsy, and went on to ABC Paramount, where he cut a string of chart records, with the writing/production team of Gary Geld and Peter Udell; “Let me Belong to You”, “Ginny Come Lately”, “Sealed with a Kiss” and “Warmed-over Kisses”. Brian’s Country Rock chart singles, include, “I’m Afraid to go Home”. About this time, Brian performed in Greenwich Village at the CafĂ© Wha?,  with a up and coming
 comedian named Richard Pryor. Brian moved to Phillips Records, where he recorded an album produced by Snuff Garrett, with the musical assistance of Leon Russell and JJ Cale. It included “The Joker went Wild” and” “Run, Run, Look and See”, which were in the top 20 on the charts. Later, Brian went on to record two albums with Ray Ruff, which included his remake of the Thomas Wayne song “Tragedy.” Brian cut his 3rd Gold Record with Curtis Mayfield’s, “Gypsy Woman”, produced by Del Shannon.

  Gypsy Woman sold over 3 million copies internationally. This was followed by his tenth album, with 6 original songs and another single hit, a version of Jackie Wilson’s, “Lonely Teardrops”. Brian successfully recorded everything from Novelty to Pop Ballads; to Folk Rock to Country Rock; to Pop Rock to Pop Soul, over more than a decade.  However, he has spent half of his life on the road (Bodi, his son, joined him, playing drums, from 1990 to 2020), and in the studio writing, recording and simply, living his music. Hyland released several singles in 2021… “Come a Little bit Closer”, “The Greatest Love”, “Crying In The Rain,” and “You Got A Message”. This year he released the single “Mr. Blue”

To this day, Brian continues to write, record, and perform all over the world.


BRIAN HYLAND’S

MOST RECENT

SINGLES


Come a Little bit Closer”

 “The Greatest Love”

 “Crying In The Rain”

 “You Got A Message”

 and his very latest 

“Mr. Blue”

are available at amazon.com


FOR MORE INFORMATION

ABOUT

BRIAN HYLAND

VISIT

www.brianhyland.com

Official Website

www.facebook.com/OfficialBrianHyland

Facebook

www.instagram.com/brian_hyland

Instagram

https://twitter.com/brian_hyland

Twitter

www.youtube.com/user/OfficialBrianHyland

YouTube

 

BRIAN HYLAND

Discography

Albums

1960: The Bashful Blond

1961: Let Me Belong to You

1962: Sealed with a Kiss

1963: Country Meets Folk

1964: Here's to Our Love

1965: Rockin' Folk

1966: The Joker Went Wild

1967: Young Years (a reissue of Here's to Our Love)

1969: Tragedy

1969: Stay and Love Me All Summer

1970: Brian Hyland

1977: In a State of Bayou

1987: Sealed with a Kiss

1994: Greatest Hits

2002: Blue Christmas

2006: Bashful Blond//Let Me Belong to You

2007: Basic Lady

2007: Rockin' Folk/Joker Went Wild

2007: Country Meets Folk/Here's to Our Love

2009: Triple Threat Vol. 1

2010: Triple Threat Vol. 2

2010: Another Blue Christmas (EP)

2011: Triple Threat Vol. 3

2014: Sealed with a Kiss and All the Greatest Hits; 1960–1962

2015: Philips Years & More; 1964-1968

2015: The Very Best of Brian Hyland

 

Singles

Year        Title

1960 "Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polkadot Bikini"

"Four Little Heels (The Clickety Clack Song)"

"That's How Much"

"Lop-Sided, Over-Loaded (And It Wiggled When We Rode It)"

1961 "I Gotta Go ('Cause I Love You)"

"Let Me Belong to You"

"I'll Never Stop Wanting You"

"She's My All American Girl"

1962 "Ginny Come Lately"

"Sealed with a Kiss"

"Warmed Over Kisses (Left Over Love)"

1963 "I May Not Live to See Tomorrow"

"If Mary's There"

"I'm Afraid to Go Home" b/w "Save Your Heart for Me"

"Let Us Make Our Own Mistakes"

1964 "Here's to Our Love"

1966 "3000 Miles"

"The Joker Went Wild"

"Run, Run, Look and See"

1967 "Hung Up in Your Eyes"

"Holiday for Clowns"

"Get the Message"

1969 "Tragedy"

"A Million to One"

"Stay and Love Me All Summer"

1970 "Dreamy Eyes"

"Gypsy Woman"

1971 "Lonely Teardrops"

"So Long, Marianne"

1972 "I Love Every Little Thing About You"

"Only Wanna Make You Happy"

1975 "Sealed with a Kiss" (re-issue)

1988 "Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polkadot Bikini" (with Albert West)









BRIAN HYLAND
APPEARS WEEK OF
JANUARY 3RD 2023
ON INTERVIEWING THE LEGENDS
WITH RAY SHASHO



ORDER NOW

 WHILE SUPPLIES LAST!

RAY’S BEST-SELLING BOOK

ENTITLED

THE ROCK STAR CHRONICLES

SERIES ONE  

CHRONICLES,TRUTHS,

CONFESSIONS AND WISDOM FROM  THE MUSIC LEGENDS 

THAT SET US FREE!




BY MUSIC JOURNALIST ...TALK SHOW HOST...  

AUTHOR RAY SHASHO 


Order yours today on (Collector edition) Hardcover or E-book at bookbaby.com and amazon.com

Featuring over 45 intimate conversations with some of the greatest rock legends the world will ever know.

CHRIS SQUIRE... DR. JOHN... GREG LAKE... HENRY MCCULLOUGH... JACK BRUCE … JOE LALA…  JOHNNY WINTER... KEITH EMERSON... PAUL KANTNER...  RAY THOMAS... RONNIE MONTROSE... TONY JOE WHITE... DAVID CLAYTON-THOMAS… MIKE LOVE... TOMMY ROE... BARRY HAY... CHRIS THOMPSON... JESSE COLIN YOUNG... JOHN KAY... JULIAN LENNON... MARK LINDSAY... MICKY DOLENZ… PETER RIVERA ...TOMMY JAMES… TODD RUNDGREN... DAVE MASON... EDGAR WINTER... FRANK MARINO... GREGG ROLIE... IAN ANDERSON... JIM “DANDY” MANGRUM... JON ANDERSON... LOU GRAMM... MICK BOX... RANDY BACHMAN… ROBIN TROWER...  ROGER FISHER... STEVE HACKETT... ANNIE HASLAM… ‘MELANIE’ SAFKA... PETULA CLARK... SUZI QUATRO... COLIN BLUNSTONE… DAVE DAVIES... JIM McCARTY... PETE BEST

 

THE ROCK STAR CHRONICLES

BOOK TRAILER

 

BOOK REVIEW

-By Literary Titan (5) STARS

The Rock Star Chronicles by Ray Shasho, is a splendid book written by a music enthusiast who has poured their heart and soul into it. It’s a story of a boy who loved rock music, and his obsessive passion of it earned himself the name Rock Raymond. He went to school but instead was schooled in all matters of music while his peers were buried chin-deep in coursework. He then became a radio DJ and has now compiled a book on all interviews he held with Rock gods who raided the airwaves back in the 70s and 80s. It’s a compilation of interviews with outstanding vocalists, legendary guitarists and crazy drummers in the rock music scene. Each interview gives a reader an in-depth view into their personal lives and the philosophies that guide their lives which all serve to humanize these great icons. For readers who are old enough to call themselves baby boomers this book will bring old memories back to life. Millennials, on the other hand, may think of this book as a literal work of the Carpool Karaoke show. 

The Rock Star Chronicles is a book I didn’t know I was waiting for. To come across a book that will talk me into trying something new. One brave enough to incite me to venture into new frontiers. This book made me a believer- I am now a bona fide Rock and Roll music fan. 

Ray Shasho masterfully gets the interviewees talking. He smartly coaxes answers from them with crafty questions designed to get a story rolling out of them. The artists talk about diverse issues ranging from music, politics, and their social engagements. Having been on the music seen all his life, Ray Shasho knows the buttons to press, how to get them comfortable about talking about their lives. 

The book’s cover is befitting of its subject matter with the leather look offering a royal background to the golden letter print. It speaks to how high a level rock music holds in the pecking order- arguably, modern music as we know it has originated from blues and rock music.  The second noteworthy thing is the use of high-definition pictures to reference the musician being interviewed in every sub-chapter. This ensures that the book is for both original rock and roll lovers and aspiring new ones. Together is makes for a refreshing and consistently enjoyable read.

I recommend this book to rock music enthusiasts, aspiring musicians wondering what it takes and all readers curious to learn new things by going back in time.

https://literarytitan.com/2020/05/03/literary-titan-book-awards-may-2020/   

Gold Award Winner



MORE BOOKS BY RAY SHASHO