Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Early Photo Launched A Distinct Course

During the late 1960's when the Peace Movement & Love Generation established a foothold upon society, I too got caught-up in the hoopla. Being a former art student and most recently a drop-out, I sought alternatives for seeking a future career. I was fortunate to be hired as a valet driver for a Life Magazine photographer and L.A. Times Journalist that were in Memphis to cover the death of The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. With the money earned for my valet services, I was inspired to go straight to the camera store to purchase a camera and test my skills. And oh, what a long and adventurous ride that launched for my creative urges. With a wealth of photo opportunities, I taught myself self to seek and explore those early trials for success or failure. Fortunately, the opportunity proved successful and doors would later open proving my intuition correct. From those very days is one of my all-time favorite photos titled; "Mary Baker." It's not very often you find a remnant that still exists dating all the way back to the period after the Revolutionary War and pre-Civil War era. On this Summer day in 1968 I captured this photo (c) in Nesbitt, MS in a small abandoned graveyard covered in knee-deep brush. As inscribed here, this 236 year old gravestone reads; "Our Mother - Mary Baker - Born in Germantown TN - July 24 1797 - Died in Desoto County MS - Sept 6 1852 - Bless Her Soul Reunited with the Lord."

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Legendary Photographer Robert Frank Passes

Robert Frank, one of the most influential photographers of the 20th Century, died today Sept. 9th in Nova Scotia. Frank, who was 94, mentored countless photographers, with his ground breaking book "The Americas", published in 1959, was a collection of unsparing photos of the United States, made over his cross country road trips during the 1950's. His grainy, gritty, black & white pictures changed the course of documentary photography, offering a frank assessment of racism, alienation, and class differences. Jack Kerouac, who wrote the book's introduction, famously said that the book "sucked a sad poem out of America." Frank also changed the way photographers approached the medium, laying ground work for photographers like Diane Arbus, Lee Friedlander, and Gary Winogrand as well as leagues of others young photographers who would follow. He eventually became as much a film maker as a photographer as 'Pull My Daisy' his first film, is considered one of the most important avant-garde film of all time - but it was "The Americas" that established his place in the history of photography.

Saturday, August 24, 2019

B-98 Radio's Brew Michaels iPod interview with Author Phillip Rauls of "The Rock Trenches"


Here's a classic iPod broadcast with radio veteran Brew Michaels while interviewing book author Phillip Rauls of "The Rock Trenches~ Journal of a Music Industry Executive." Hear some of the wild shenanigans of the music industry as told by those who were there in the mix. Running time 4:25   Click-on "The Rock Trenches" link for access


Friday, August 16, 2019

RIP Mr. Peter Fonda


In memory of one of my earliest culture idols Mr. Peter Fonda (1940-2019). RIP 'Captain America.' View Peter Fonda's legendary poster in upper right corner of the photo from his monster hit movie "Easy Rider" released in 1969.

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

"The Rock Trenches" on Prestigious Book List





Announcing the book “The Rock Trenches” by Phillip Rauls has been prominently listed as one of “23 Best-Selling Soul Music eBooks of All Time” by leading book rating service ‘BOOK AUTHORITY.” The service uses a proprietary technology to identify and rate the best nonfiction books, using dozens of different signals, including public mentions, recommendations, ratings, sentiment, popularity and sales history. This includes maintaining the most comprehensive collection of book recommendations from domain experts such as Elon Musk, Warren Buffett, Prof. Daniel Kahneman, Sheryl Sandberg, and David Allen.

See link below as “The Rock Trenches” ranks 13th among leading authors such as Peter Guralnick, Rob Gordon, Johnathan Gould all of which have referenced author Phillip Rauls in their noted books listed here also. Read about Rauls early days while promoting leading Soul Music label’s STAX Records and Atlantic Records among others during their glory years of global domination. “The Rock Trenches” is available for online purchase in paperback or Kindle at the Amazon Book Site.





Thursday, July 04, 2019

ATL POP FEST 50th ANNIVERSARY PARTY

Get ready for the big 50th Anniversary Commemoration Party for the historic Atlanta International Pop Festival being held in Atlanta at SMITH'S OLDE BAR this Sunday July 7th located at 1578 Piedmont Av. NE. Free parking available. Classic photos from the festival taken by archive photographer Phillip Rauls will be available for purchase. Look for local Pop Fest historian David Michaelson and he'll point you the way to get all those historic photo souvenirs!

Friday, June 28, 2019

Recognized Photographer by Atlanta Journal Constitution of The 50th Anniversary of The Historic 1969 Atlanta International Pop Festival

Honored to be respectively recognized in the prestigious daily newspaper 'The Atlanta Journal Constitution' while honoring the 50th Anniversary of The Historic 1969 Atlanta International Pop Festival. Great article written by music journalist Melissa Ruggieri while combined with a informative Pod Cast about the festival.


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Wednesday, June 26, 2019

The Passing of Artist Manager Elliott Roberts

Saddened to hear of the passing of legendary recording artist manager Mr. Elliott Roberts. In a cut-throat boisterous business of "ME FIRST" I always admired his carefully crafted 'background status' that he meticulously positioned himself while always putting the recording artist first. Click link below.
https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-news/elliot-roberts-neil-young-manager-dead-851390/?fbclid=IwAR330i5Cl_gErRq7a97MnqYZ6iuM3rUCZYwoPEPtLP03ey1nq4-WjSf4j7k

Sunday, June 09, 2019

Two Legends Pass in One Week

It's probably an understatement to state that we lost two very great artist this week. Both were true originals with their own unique musical styles. Mac Rebennack "Dr. John" (77) and Leon Redbone (69) passed away but not forgotten. Dr. John served as the unofficial voodoo ambassador of the Crescent City while Leon Redbone's music was a throw-back from the bygone era. Both will be greatly missed.
Dr. John's album "REMEDIES" on Atlantic Records
Leon Redbone's "Up The Lazy River" on Blue Thumb Records

Tuesday, June 04, 2019

Color Prints of Sedona Colors

Here's my photo selection of the week - "Sedona Colors." In my humble opinion, one of the most beautiful places to visit. Prints are $35 each plus S&H with tracking. (photo (c) philliprauls)

Friday, May 03, 2019

Celebration of Star Wars May Day


Star Wars Day is May 4th and the annual celebration of the 1977 George Lucas science fiction and space-opera film that changed the entire movie industry. The Star Wars soundtrack is the original motion picture music to the film composed  the Library of Congress into the National Recording Registry, calling it "culturally, historically, and aestand conducted by John Williams as performed by the London Symphony Orchestra.The soundtrack album was released by 20th Century Fox Records in the United States in June 1977 and peaked at #10 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart while being awarded Platinum Record status. In 2004, the soundtrack album was preserved byhetically significant". In the year 2005, the American Film Institute named the original Star Wars soundtrack as the most memorable music score of all time for an American film.

Deep into "The Rock Trenches"

Flashback - Deep down in 'The Rock Trenches' with my radio buds (L-R) Kevin Chase-KMOK Lewiston ID, Phillip Rauls-EMI Records Seattle, Paul Walker-OK 95 Tri-Cities WA, Jay Stevens-KFTZ Idaho Falls ID.

Sunday, April 07, 2019

Be Careful What You Wish For...


The year was 1985 and I can remember player-coaching in a basketball league in Memphis when I'd rush home to watch late night TV. You see, NBA Basketball games from the West Coast came-on at 10 or 10:30 PM in Memphis so this worked out fine for me. I could sit on my couch and pop-open a beer and watch B-Ball til after midnight. At the time I was totally enthralled into the basketball world and inherently surrounded myself with 'game.' My favorite team was the Seattle Super Sonics and I loved watching them with stars like Jack Sikma, Paul Westfall and Dennis Johnson and Downtown Freddie Brown. While watching my favorites, how I dreamed of living in a town that had an NBA team. Funny thing though, one year later, I had Sonics season tickets and was living that very dream. 


Tuesday, February 05, 2019

The Passing of Mr. George Klein

Sorry to hear of the passing of a true legend, Mr. George Klein (1935-2019). He was a King among Kings and gave many of us followers our very wings. RIP G.K.

Thursday, January 31, 2019

"Rant N' Rave with The Razz" Music Documentary Slideshow

"Rant N' Rave with The Razz" is a music-slideshow documentary of the expansive career of music legend Mr. Larry Raspberry. No doubt you'll enjoy this colorful journey of one of the musical greats of our times! Click-on title above for video.

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Big Star Documentary Film

A friend emailed me that the Memphis indy TV channel recently aired a two hour documentary on Big Star. I'm assuming that's probably the same production that I licensed a couple of my photos to a couple of years back. I promoted their second album "Radio City" and traveled to L.A. & N.Y. with Ardent Records P.R. man John King. On the N.Y. trip the group played at the famous club Max's Kansas City. Funny thing though, the album wasn't setting the world on fire as it's release came in the middle of the Columbia/Epic Records vs. STAX Records distribution dispute. Ironically, the band was more popular 20 years after their demise than upon their initial launching. Here's a pix that I took in L.A. that was included in the documentary film and taken at Tower Records in Hollywood with John King from Ardent and Charlie Shaw Tower manager while holding up a copy of "Radio City" by Big Star. We hope all Big Star fans can appreciate these timeless photos!





Thursday, January 10, 2019

Classic Photo STAX Veterans

 

Seen here is legendary drummer Mr. Al Jackson Jr. (1935-1975) of Booker T. & The MG's and Mr. Don Nix, a founding member of classic instrumental group The Mar-Keys. Photo captured in the late 1960's at the Denmark railway station while chatting about their historic European tour that opened the doors for many STAX artists. Both Jackson & Nix would further their careers with expansive artist endeavors that included solo projects, songwriting and the production of other major recording artists. It should be further known that Al Jackson Jr. and Don Nix were both pioneers in a expansive period of American music history that influenced many globally known artists for years to come including the Beatles, The Rolling Stones and many more.



Saturday, December 22, 2018

2019 Commemorative Calendar for the 50th Anniversary of the Historic 1969 Atlanta Pop Festival

Last chance to score a copy of the 2019 Commemorative Calendar celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the historic 1969 Atlanta International Pop Festival. The final pressing of this classic calendar is reaching a deadline for ordering soon. This one-time-only memorabilia item features documentary photographs that canvassed the entire festival and laid-out in time frame sequences. Don't miss out to get your copy as this 2019 calendar as this is the event that changed the landscape of modern music and Pop Culture. Follow the easy instructions and      receive your copy or send a copy to a friend. Click here for ordering your copy.

Friday, December 21, 2018

2019 Commemorative Calendar of 50th Anniversary of 1969 Atlanta International Pop Festival

This is the last time available for ordering the 2019 Commemorative Calendar of the 50th Anniversary of the historic 1969 Atlanta International Pop Festival. Don't miss the final deadline to order this classic memorabilia item that features a photo documentary of the events that changed the landscape of pop culture.

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Music Book Highlights Xmas Gifts

Had an enthusiastic fellow music lover recently tell me "The Rock Trenches" was the best book that he's ever read." Wow! Naturally I felt gratified and was encouraged to remind those who might appreciate an informative book on modern music history plus an inexpensive Christmas gift for passionate music lovers! Now available for online purchase at   Amazon.com

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

2019 Commemorative Calendar for 50th Anniversary of the 1969 Atlanta International Pop Festival

Hello Music Lovers & Pop Culture Enthusiasts. Listen to this! Now you can be the first one on your block...to turn back the clock. That's right. Turn it back all the way to 50 years ago to the historic 1969 Atlanta International Pop Festival. That's where it all began. Back when the Love Generation was spreading it's good vibes. When the peace movement was handing out flowers and burning draft cards. Plus, no doubt it's important to note, that was 6 months before the classic Woodstock festival. But now the time has come, you can relive those magical moments with the Commemorative Calendar for the 50th Anniversary of the 1969 Atlanta International Pop Festival.

The Atlanta International Pop Festival was held over the festive 4th of July weekend in 1969 at the Atlanta International Speedway. With crowds attending from many different areas, festival numbers ranged from 150,000 and above. Here anxious music fans squeezed into tight spaces as temperatures reached around 100 degrees when local fire departments used fire hoses to cool down the crowds. Three days of music was provided by all the leading artists of the day.

Including Led Zeppelin, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Canned Head, Johnny Winter, Delaney & Bonnie, Booker T. & The MGs, Paul Butterfield, Sweetwater, Mike Bloomfield, Johnny Rivers & more. If you were fortunate to attend, here's the perfect one-time chance to have your own piece of memorabilia from this classic music event. But if you were not unable to attend, now you can jump aboard for a scenic ride with this photo documentary calendar that canvasess the music festival with stunning images.
Enjoy 12 months of irreplaceable memories as this calendar features both color and black & white photographs on hard stock glossy photo paper. Made with professional grade ring-binding for flipping through the wall calendar that is 11" X 17" when open and displayed. 

To order this 2019 Commemorative Calendar please order early as supplies are limited. A sampling of this 2019 Commemorative Calendar is displayed at the  link below. Proceed there at that ETSY site for easy processing and quick delivery. Please note this is a one-time offer and not available after mid-January.  To order this 2019 Commemorative Calendar follow the link below for easy processing and quick delivery. Listed here is link for purchase and shipping.

Friday, October 26, 2018

RIP Tony Joe White (1943-2018)

In memory of old friend Tony Joe White (1943-2018) who passed away Wednesday at the age of 75.
The former Memphian was originally from Louisiana but died in Nashville where he had lived for several decades. In my opinion, Tony Joe White was one of the greatest songwriters in modern music history have written the monster hits, "Polk Salad Annie" and "Rainy Night in Georgia" among others. His songs were covered by many great artists such as Elvis Presley, Hank Williams Jr, Tina Turner, Ray Charles, Waylon Jennings and many more. RIP Tony Joe. You will be missed. (photo (c) L-R Spooner Olden, Chips Moman, Dan Penn, Tony Joe White, drummer & bass player unidentified). 

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Paul Allen's Vintage Aircraft and Artillery Museum in Everett WA

On Monday, Oct. 15th, 2018 the world awoke to the sudden passing of philanthropist and great Seattle renaissance man Mr. Paul Allen (1953-2018). Allen had no earthly equal and no doubt was a knight in shining armour. In Redmond, WA in 1975 Allen co-founded the global technology giant Microsoft with childhood friend, Bill Gates. From that endeavor Paul Allen would go on to be one of the richest people in the world. Allen had a wide range of interest that included science to sports to music. He owned the Seattle Seahawks, the Portland Trail Blazers, the massive real estate giant Vulcan Properties, the EMP Rock Music Museum (now known as MoPOP) and the Allen Institute for Brain Science among others. Recently I was very inspired when I visited Paul Allen's vintage aircraft and artillery museum in Everett, WA and known as the "The Flying Heritage Collection.' Upon that timely visit I filmed this photo documentary of Allen's vintage aircraft museum that includes tanks and other military hardware. Please enjoy this photo documentary "The Flying Heritage Collection."


Monday, September 03, 2018

Maybe the Inspiration for a Book from YES bassist Mr. Chris Squire


Being in the presence of YES bassist Mr. Chris Squire was always a pleasant experience. He went by the nickname of the 'Fish' and served the tough job of being the band's catalyst while always pushing the proverbial ticket into the band's future. Read about the struggles and successes of the band's early days in the book "The Rock Trenches ~ Journal of a Music Industry Executive" by author-photographer Phillip Rauls at this link.... 
https://www.amazon.com/Rock-Trenches-Journal-…/…/ref=sr_1_1…

Friday, August 10, 2018

Terry Reid - Quite Possibly The Greatest Rock Voice Uncredited

British Rock Star Terry Reid was early on the music scene and had a loyal following dating all the back to the late 1960's. American radio picked-up on this handsome vocalist when his Epic Records album titled "Bang, Bang You're Terry Reid" was released featuring the FM Radio classic "Super Lungs." Reid, who also happened to play guitar, frequently performed with a host of complimentary side-men including slide-guitarist David Lindley and legendary drummer Alan White just to name a few. Terry Reid had everything going for him with good looks, high-pitched and throaty vocals with a piercing range that most singers could not mimic. Plus, he could write endearing songs that could strike a cord with female audiences. But here's one story that everybody already knows about by now. When Terry Reid's tellie rang one morning from a call from Yardbirds guitarist Jimmy Page who was actively recruiting him to be the vocalist in Page's newly revised band, The New Yardbirds (later to become Led Zeppelin), Reid thanked him but convinced Page that his focus was on being a solo artist. But in turn, a flattered Terry Reid suggested that Jimmy Page might consider another young vocalist at the time, Band Of Joy's Robert Plant. And the rest is history. 
Other notable albums by Terry Reid would follow such as; "Move Over For Terry Reid" in 1969, "River" in 1973 and produced by legendary house-producer at Atlantic Records Mr. Tom Dowd and recorded in the musical hotbed of Muscle Shoals, AL, plus "Seed Of Memory" and released in 1976, "Rogue Waves" released in 1979, and then "The Driver" in 1991. Others albums would continue to follow with a variety of song compilations and concerts performances. 

In perhaps one of Terry Reid's most inspiring performances and captured on this incredible video from his 1971 appearances at the music festival in Great Britain known as Glastonbury Fayre, is this classic rock vocalist at his very best. This festival is inspired by the ethos of British counterculture and a yearly event that was always well attended. Accompanied on stage by leading musicians of the day, noted sessions guitarist David Lindley on steel, Alan White from Plastic Ono Band & YES on drums, Lee Miles on bass, and Linda Lewis on background vocals. No doubt, this video hammers home the essence of Love Generation from that era. Here is Terry Reid's outstanding vocal & stage performance of his self-penned song titled, "Dean." (Editor's note - Watch this video on enlarged Screen)


Ms. Diane Fradin assisted in this posting

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

"Two Peas In A Pod" Longtime Friends & Associates Mr. Mario Medious and Mr. Phillip Rauls

"Two Peas In A Pod." Longtime friends & business associates from Atlantic Records dating all the way back to the late 1960's. Pictured here are Mario Medious and Phillip Rauls from earlier this Summer in Coconut Grove, Florida while reminiscing about all the great music they helped promote. Mario went on to become President of Manticore Records and you can read about all his wild shenanigans in the book "The Rock Trenches ~ Journal of a Music Industry Executive" available at this link... https://www.amazon.com/Rock-Trenches-Journal-…/…/ref=sr_1_1…

Saturday, July 21, 2018

Crab Cracker "Artist Of The Week"

Hallelujah! Crab Cracker Magazine's latest issue selects Mr. Phillip Rauls as their "Artist Of The Week." Who knows, maybe the Pulitzer Prize is next. 😀

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Excerpts of "The Rock Trenches"

Live interview at WRNO-FM in New Orleans with YES's Rick Wakeman. (L-R) WRNO's 'Humble' Hugh Dillard, Atlantic Records Phillip Rauls, Rick Wakeman and YES manager Brian Lane
As Regional Promotion & Marketing Director for Atlantic Records in 1972, no doubt I was very fortunate to travel with YES on their U.S. tour on the release of the "YES" album and also their follow-up album titled "Fragile". On those tours I became good friends with keyboardist Rick Wakeman and later sold him a 1947 Packard that I shipped to London to join his collection of classic vintage automobiles. Read about those noteworthy days in the exciting book "The Rock Trenches - Journal of a Music Industry Executive" available at Amazon or Barnes & Noble for online purchase.
Phillip Rauls in his 1947 Packard that he sold to YES keyboardist Rick Wakeman as a cool addition to his modest antique classic car collection. 
"The Rock Trenches ~ Journal of a Music Industry Executive" is available in Kindle version & paperback

Monday, June 25, 2018

Photo Selected For Legendary Record Box Set Archive Booklet


Classic photo featured in the 2012 release of the Record Box set titled "Never To Be Forgotten - The Flip Side of Stax 1968-1974" on Light In The Attic Records. The collectors item box set has 20 different Stax songs on ten different single 45 RPM records. Plus, the package includes a classy 72 page color glossy booklet that features interviews from several influential Stax artists and former executives for the famous record label. Only a limited number of box sets were originally issued with each one being individually numbered for archive reference. Photo by Phillip Rauls

Thursday, May 17, 2018


It seems like a fantasy of yesteryear as I worked with music legend Robert Palmer while promoting his music on three different record labels. No doubt an unusual circumstance yet indeed a rare achievement. Read about those up-and-coming years as the handsome Brit gains rock stardom in the book "The Rock Trenches ~ Journal of a Music Industry Executive" by Phillip Rauls and available at Amazon for online purchase in paperback or Kindle.

Saturday, March 03, 2018

Welcoming March Madness Historia

Hallelujah! Let the fun begin as it's my time of the year. Every March about this time I'm filling out the NCAA brackets and glued to the tube. Only the NBA Finals can parallel this tourney. Most recently I was communicating with a long time associate when he disputed my extensive participation of coaching the game. Plus, in the process he threw me under the bus as these comments were made in a public forum and a social media platform. Naturally those statements disturbed me but I let it go without further conformation. But after several days of stewing on his negative comments I contemplated giving a rebuttal. So, after spending several days digging through dozens of boxes in my dusty attic, this is my official response. (Pictures may be enlarged by double-clicking the image) 
As we get older in our years, memory filled photographs are a good tonic for reminiscence. Naturally I had an ax to grind in the denial of my coaching archive as there were so many talented athletes whose lives were intertwined with my long voyage of the game. Please note that many of these photographs posted here have been sealed in glass frames and stored in boxes for years in less than perfect conditions. Some team pics were so badly deteriorated that I could not use the images. Yet, careful restoration has been applied to some of the other pics. My apology to those players whose photos were omited or required tweaking. Nevertheless, I'm proud of all of these time capsules that cover a period of 30+ years involving my basketball teams. As the curtain opens.... 

Here inside the huddle of a time-out Coach Rauls goes over a strategy for victory. Notice in the background that the gymnasium is packed. Standing room only. Top row (L-R) Cecil Dowell, Coach Phillip Rauls, Bobby Parks, Marvin Alexander, Robbie Randolph, Dennis Isbell. Bottom row sitting (L-R) Anthony Love, Dexter Reed and Don Dorsey. 

Winning the league tournament in the Bluff City Classic two years in a row was a honor that remains special to these talented athletes. Top row (L-R) Coach Rauls, Bobby Parks, Johnny Gibson, William Bedford, George Morrow, Dwight Moody, James Wiggins. Bottom row (L-R) Unknown, Unknown, Don Dorsey, Andre Laird, Cecil Dowell, Phillip 'Doom' Haynes.     

The Bluff City Classic league was sponsored two years in a row by Rock 103 Radio. Those lobbing efforts were created thru the business association of Phillip Rauls and the generous support provided by the radio station's general manager, Bill Thomas. Top row (L-R) Coach Phillip Rauls, James Wiggins, Bobby Parks, William Bedford, Johnny Gibson, Marvin Alexander, Dwight Moody, unknown, George Morrow. Bottom row (L-R) Unknown, Andre Laird, Cecil Dowell, Unknown, Unknown, Don Dorsey, Jon-Eric Rauls.  

Pictured here the year before, radio station K-97 sponsored the league. Again, those efforts were supported by Coach Phillip Rauls' background in the media business. Top row (L-R) Dennis Isbell, Bobby Parks, Michael Bates, Unknown, Anthony Love. Bottom row (L-R) Coach Phillip Rauls, Don Dorsey, Robbie Randolph, Dexter Reed, Jerome Mincy.

Pre-game strategy was vital to the discipline in winning a contest. Here Coach Phillip Rauls preaches a strong defense and the key to victory. Player number # 15 with back to camera was 7' 1" Center William Bedford who would go on to play in the NBA for several years with the Detroit Pistons.
Not all games ended in victory. Here players reveal a somber mood after losing a big game. Top row (L-R) Unknown, John Kilzer, Johnny Gibson, William Bedford, Marvin Alexander, M. Dowell, Anthony Love. Bottom row (L-R) Coach Phillip Rauls, Cecil Dowell, Don Dorsey, Kenneth Moody, Dwight Moody.

One of the strongest teams during that era was the King Kitchens Basketball team. Loaded with talent and handsome faces, here team members display the trophy for winning the league championship. Top row (L-R) Dexter Reed, Steve Meacham, Tony Rufus, Mike O'Keefe, Bill Cook, John Kilzer. Bottom row (L-R) Jeff Wyatt, Tony Snead, Mike Butler, Mike King, Phillip Rauls
The Rauls Music Basketball Team was considered as a tough contender and filled gymnasiums with supportive fans. Even the local newspaper wrote about them and featured photographs of their game shenanigans. Top Row (L-R) John Kilzer, Malcolm McKinney, Dennis Isbell, Ron Franz, Mike O'Keefe. Bottom row (L-R) Dexter Reed, Phillip Rauls, Mike Butler, Mike King, Jeff Wyatt.
Looking like poster boys for a Colgate Toothpaste commercial, here the King Kitchens - Rauls Music Basketball Team shows off their pearly whites. Top Row (L-R) Craig Alexander, John Kilzer, Stan Jones, Jim Hawkins, C. Todd. Bottom row (L-R) David Gingold, Phillip Rauls, Mike Butler, Mike King. 
Playing for the corporate Basketball Team at STAX Records was indeed a blast. Here Phillip Rauls reveals the sound reasoning for being singled out among others for those ever-recognizable legs.

Coaching a Junior Basketball Team for the East Memphis YMCA had it moments. Here are some fine young men who gave their all for the team. 
As mentioned earlier, some of these photographs didn't hold-up well over a long period of time. Apologies to those athletes as some photo adjustments were applied. Top row (L-R) Steve Rowland, Randy Hoover, David Gingold, Mike King. Bottom row (L-R) Big Chuck, Phillip Rauls, Jeff Wyatt, John Webb.   
In conclusion, I would like to say that these basketball photo archives date back to the Treadwell Jr. High School basketball program. Coached by former Old Miss basketball star Jerry Bynum, no doubt he had a strong influence upon my life. When his voice rang out the nickname he had coined me with, "Lefty" I lit-up with prideful joy. From that moment on I always desired to leave footprints.

Now back to the very beginning of this story where I had been wrongly disputed by someone about my long background of being involved in coaching and playing in this wonderful game. To him I proudly say, "You may now wipe the egg dripping from your sour-puss face."


(photo licensing information for printing of team pictures available at; info@philliprauls.com)


Monday, February 12, 2018

"Artist Of The Week" Award - Crab Cracker Magazine

Crab Cracker Magazine awards the "Artist Of The Week" recognition to photographer Phillip Rauls for his 2018 Ambiance Abound Calendar. Celebrate the new year by purchasing this stunning collection of colorful photographs that are displayed in this new 2018 calendar. This special assortment of favorite photographs are assembled by Northwest photographer Phillip Rauls and currently available at ETSY.COM at the Phillip Rauls Gallery.     

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Music Legends Lost in 2017