Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Bobby McFerrin's Historic Ride with His Monster Number #1 Hit Record "Don't Worry Be Happy"

Let's turn back the clock to 1988 when Bobby McFerrin's monster hit "Don't Worry Be Happy" went to the well-coveted # 1 spot on the Pop Charts. Plus, shortly afterwards in 1989 at the Grammy Awards the song was recognized as the 'Song Of The Year.' Yet, believe it or not, it was then awarded as the "Record Of The Year.' Truth is, those outstanding achievements were unheralded accomplishments for this newly established Jazz music artist! This was a never before virtuosic task. It was the first A Cappella song to reach number # 1 in Billboard's Hot 100 Chart. The 'instruments' in the song are entirely overdubbed voice parts and other sounds made by McFerrin while using no musical instruments in the composition at all. Ample credit goes to promo guru Jack Satter of EMI-Manhattan Records and his skilled promotion staff. Needless to say, I am very honored to be a part of that well-recognized EMI Records promotion & marketing team while reaching those historic feats! Thank you Bobby McFerrin for the fabulous ride!
EMI Records Northwest Promotion & Marketing Director Phillip Rauls and EMI Records recording artist Bobby McFerrin share a moment before McFerrin's sold-out concert performance in Portland, OR in 1988.

Bobby McFerrin's EMI-Manhattan Records Grammy winning album cover that was awarded Platinum status.


Tuesday, July 13, 2021

A Blast From The Past From The Year 1991

When the national music publication 'Hitmakers Magazine' held their Seattle Seminar in 1991, here is a selected photograph from the magazine that featured the radio and record executives: (L-R) Kevin Chase-KMOK Radio P.D./M.D. Lewiston, ID - Phillip Rauls-EMI Records Regional Promo Mgr. Seattle, WA - Paul Walker-OK95 Radio P.D. Tri-Cities, WA - and Jay Stevens-KFTZ Radio P.D. Idaho Falls, ID.


Sunday, June 06, 2021

44 Years Ago This Very Week

The first week of June in 1977 was a special one when three entities joined together in Memphis to promote a film & music soundtrack titled "All This In World War 2" released on 20th Century Fox Films while the music was released on a box set by their in-house record label, 20th Century Fox Records. Joining in that grand promotion was radio station powerhouse WMC-FM-100 and the hottest local music venue on the scene, The Ritz. The event's coordination was laid-out by promoter Phillip Rauls (below) as attendance was grand while providing fond memories for all in attendance. 

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Friday, March 26, 2021

A Readers Comment Of "The Rock Trenches"

On occasion we might get flattered with words while mostly shrugging it off as a polite compliment and then move on. But not this time! On the Amazon book site for my self-penned non-fiction journal titled, "The Rock Trenches"...here a reader's complimentary book review that brought a sincere tear to my eye.

"Hi Phillip,
I am posting to say how much I am enjoyed your book, 'The Rock Trenches.' You are a deft wordsmith and a humorous guy, really charming with your self-effacing comments, nicely leavened by your candor and honesty. I love your openness about your feelings, at various junctures in your immersion into your rock promotions career, and with your depictions of standard youthful awkwardness and wonder. The whole thing reminded me of being young, and thanks for that.
More than that, it all reads in an authentic way, free of pretense and artifice, and that makes your book a real achievement in todays world of pretense and artifice. You could have played the old showbiz vet routine and gotten away with it, considering where you've been, but instead you come off as a guy who loves music and enjoys artists. Really refreshing.
Most of all, I see that your book has literary qualities, and really good ones.
You are a wonderful photographer and story teller. You should consider becoming a novelist too, assuming you haven't already. Perhaps there is more to learn about that. Anyway, great work!"

Rick Alan Rice
Rarwriter Publishing Group

Thursday, February 11, 2021

New Video Interview with Phillip Rauls

These days there's not much to crow about. Unless it's a 22 minute Video Interview with book author and photographer Phillip Rauls telling about his past and present. Whoo-whoo! Presented by NPUSA.

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Thursday, January 28, 2021

Stephen Stills Masterful Guitar Skills Should Definitely Not Be Underestimated (+ Video)

Stephen Stills came on the music scene in the mid-1960's with the Buffalo Springfield who recorded on Atlantic Records. The West Coast group changed the dynamics of rock music while Stills was indeed the frontman. The first album that I promoted by the group was in 1968 titled, "Retrospective." Among the Atlantic staff, strong rumor had it that the company's President Ahmet Ertegun considered Stills as his 'golden boy' and gave him creative control of all his projects. Then, in 1969 the formation of Crosby, Stills & Nash literally invented the genre of acoustic rock music with beautiful 3-way harmonies. With monster new record releases like this in my briefcase, I felt very fortunate to be able to promote their first 3 albums, "Crosby Stills & Nash", "Deja Vu (w/Neil Young) and "4-Way Street"(Live) all which featured Stills magical acoustic guitar work on his vintage Martin guitars, a D-28 and D-45. Next came Stills solo album titled, "Stephen Stills" that produced the classic hit, "Love The One Your With" while being the unofficial theme song for a generation of Baby Boomers. Next came two big album releases by "Manassas" which was predominantly a vehicle for Stephen Stills music. Among that title wave of gold and platinum albums that were generated from that 7 year hit spree, somehow several of my gold & platinum record awards received for my courageous duty while serving in "The Rock Trenches" have since then simply vanished and are now in someone's attic catching dust. But, in spite of my long line of service from that era, I still have my treasured archive (c) photographs (above) which I gladly share. Here's an excellent video supporting the storyline of Stephen Stills' masterful command of a Martin acoustic guitar. Hope you enjoy!

Saturday, January 16, 2021

Early 1968 Photo Reveals Photographer's Eye For The Gloomy Living Of A Manhattan Apt.

Early in my photo journey I did not want to focus solely on concert photography or rock stars. However, my earliest recognition in photography was just that. And naturally I'm proud of those accomplishments as everyone needs a launching platform. Truth is, everyone has their own viewpoints and opinions and appreciates photography in their own way. My early influences were former Look Magazine photographer Stanley Kubrick who later became a film maker (2001: A Space Odyssey, Clockwork Orange, The Shinning). Plus, I always admired photographer Diane Arbus for her eye for capturing the mundane. Yet still in search, I eventually settled on a wider scope and considered photojournalist as 'the real artists who recorded the facts.' With a early break in the music business I began to travel extensively thus allowing me to shoot photos during my journey. Featured here in one of my early photos in1968 while taken on a visit to New York as one afternoon I peeked out my hotel room window and was petrified at the sight of typical New York hi-rise apartment living. No disrespect to my long-time New York friends but being a Southern boy from Tennessee I was so accustomed to the open spaces and greenery from my home state that this view from my window was a big downer. Subsequently, I titled this (c) photo, "Images don't change, but we do."

Sunday, January 10, 2021

A Music Legend Lost Fifteen Years Ago

On this day 15 years ago on Jan. 11th, 2005, I lost a dear friend whom I admired. And to this very day, his passing still weights heavy because he will always be in my heart. And that person’s name is Jimmy Griffin (as seen above on right). Truth is, we lost a global superstar. Not only did we lose a superstar of the music world, but we also lost an outstanding man with a gentle soul. He was charming in character and with cultural refinement. I am speaking of the co-founder to the soft rock mega-group BREAD. He was the singer/songwriter/musician, Mr. James Arthur ‘Jimmy’ Griffin. Jimmy’s background reads like an historical novel while revealing the many twists-and-turns of hectic life in the music business. So much so, that I need to share his story publicly. Hailing from Memphis, TN and after graduating from Kingsbury High in 1962, Jimmy traveled to Los Angeles to visit his former neighbors also from Memphis, Johnny & Dorsey Burnett. The Burnett Brothers had recently relocated there to become established musicians and encouraged young Jimmy to come for a visit. Upon that visit and through those initial business contacts, Jimmy landed a record deal with Reprise Records and never looked back.

Jimmy and his long ascent to fame is such a remarkable and inspiring story. Consider this; Griffin wrote songs that were recorded by, Gary Lewis and The Playboys, Brian Hyland, Leslie Gore, Ed Ames, Bobby Vee, The Standells, Sandy Nelson, Cher, and many more. And all this was done during the developing period of the cultural phenom called Rock ‘N’ Roll. In the middle 1960’s Griffin soon landed several small acting roles in the movies, “For Those Who Think Young” and “None But The Brave.” But an incredible surprise came in 1970 when Griffin won an Academy Award for co-writing the Carpenters song “For All We Know” from the film “Lovers and Strangers.” Plus, while reaching further heights, and as mentioned earlier, Jimmy Griffin was the co-founder of the pioneering soft rock group, Bread. If the truth be known, Bread had more charted singles in Billboard Magazine and was awarded more gold & platinum album awards than many of their contemporaries. Their music was so popular that it helped create a new radio format, Adult Contemporary. Years later, Jimmy relocated back to Memphis and recorded an album with Terry Sylvester formerly of the popular British group, The Hollies. Still later, Griffin moved to Nashville where he revived his career with even more hits and stardom. Plus, he was back on the charts again!

Me personally, I was so inspired by Jimmy Griffin’s grand accomplishments that I included an entire chapter (chapter #20) of his long career in my non-fiction memoir titled, “The Rock Trenches ~ Journal of a Music Industry Executive” (available at Amazon Books online). This is must reading for music lovers and those of inquisitive minds.

 So, in my recognition of this 15th year of Jimmy Griffin’s passing, I can honestly say that I am disappointed from the lack of career recognition that Jimmy Griffin has received in Memphis which supposedly is a landmark music town. Let it be known, I have a major gripe. I angrily shake my finger at those who claim any musical knowledge of his hometown’s historic heritage and have somehow overlooked him. First of all, those decision makers from his hometown have not done anything to preserve his good name and honor it with a ceremonial plaque, or a famed Music award to the music legends from Memphis, or any institutional recognition of his greatness in local museums. It drives me absolutely bonkers when those so-called 'music experts’ from his hometown that in turn want to acknowledge and worship a 1980's rock band who never even had a hit record and then they institutionalized the band (now defunct) with greatness that never happened. And I should know as I promoted their record(s) all of which never got off the ground. Or how about the local institution that recognized a record producer (deceased) who, without consulting others, unceremoniously self-proclaimed himself as the designated speaker for an entire music community and boastfully talked his way into being (falsely) honored. In a business of monumental hype, I think those gullible believers on that approval committee have completely gulped-down the big one. And now they are trying to drum-up support for a nobody named Fav Talco & Penis Burns. What's wrong with these decision makers in Griffin’s hometown? Where are the officials who are in an authoritative position and control the ‘nominees’ names while denying Griffin from being awarded and deserving his rightful place in the music history in his very own hometown. What's wrong with this picture? As a long-time and accomplished music industry veteran, I think those official decision makers need to have their monster egos checked with a giant dose of reality, or they should be replaced.

In closing: Let it be know that I have always abided to the sacred omen to never write or publicially say anything offensive about someone. And I feel that in this story I have adhered to that principle. If you will take notice, no names other than Jimmy Griffin's name are punctuated here. So, let the guilty parties expose themselves by standing up to complain. I have one more true story that some might relate to my frustration on this matter. One time I was being interviewed on TV on the Tim Mullins Show when he asked me, “Phillip, why is it that so many musicians and industry people have had to leave Memphis before they can truthfully say they have made it?” My response was, “Well, there's a city located just 200 miles from Memphis and they call it, ‘Music City.’ The truth is...man, did we miss the boat.” 

Jimmy Griffin is gone but he is certainly not forgotten. I rest my case. Can I get a amen? 

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Sunday, January 03, 2021

Photographer Captures His Music Icon

 Without a doubt, one of my favorite photos of Robert Palmer is one that I had taken of him in Portland, OR in the early 1990's while on tour with him. Here Robert is conducting an radio interview on the evening of his Portland performance when an incoming phone inquiry asks, "I want to know are the 'dancing girls' from your video backing you in performance tonight." Palmer quietly cleared his throat, took a breath, and then responded to the caller, "No". The interviewing DJ noticing the possible friction created by the question and promptly said, "Next caller please." (editors note: From earlier, it was my clear understanding that this subject was not one of Palmer's favorite topics) Follow the story below as the truth is revealed by an important and trusted Robert Palmer band member. Read about Robert Palmer's long and brilliant career in the non-fiction journal titled, "The Rock Trenches ~ Journal of a Music Industry Executive" by Phillip Rauls and available in paperback or Kindle on Amazon Books.

That very same question has been asked many times. Please note: I posted my same photo with my identical commentary on the Robert Palmer Fan Group and several viewers from that website group asked the very same question. So, I brought-in my friend & former business colleague who was Robert Palmer's long-drummer, Mr. Dony Wynn, and he replied to Palmer's friction to the subject:
Dony Wynn said: "Philip is spot on correct. During the Addicted Tour, everyone involved was absolutely beleaguered day in day out with the question from everyone, Are the girls here? So much so the crew had shirts made that said, Fuck no, the girls are not here! The ridiculous question got old fast. In truth the American press never gave the man credit for anything. All they talked about was the video - the girls, that song, his suits, his punishment for being too good looking, too talented, living an idyllic life, making music EXACTLY how and when and why he wanted. Ultimately there was a price to pay... jealousy DOES exist. All he cared about was the music, everything else was secondary. I will add this, Robert was blessed with the patience of Job. In the 25 years I worked with him I only saw him lose his temper ONCE in soundcheck with an obstinate musician who had it coming. The man just wanted to groove and enjoy this life, and for the most part, he did." Direct quote from Palmer's drummer, Mr. Dony Wynn.

Saturday, December 12, 2020

'The Third Time's A Charm'


We all recognize the popular saying, "The Third's a Charm!" But Holy triple-play Batman! In just the past few weeks, I've been honored to land still another photograph in the third noted book that has been released globally containing one my archive photos. Pictured here is the highly recommended new book titled, "Chips Moman ~ The Record Producer Whose Genius Changed American Music" written by recognized book author Mr. James L. Dickerson. Please note, you won't be able to put the book down as reading about Chips Moman's legendary music career is simply mind blowing. Plus, it seems that just a couple of days ago, I landed a classic photo in the color booklet, "The Greg Lake Anthology" on BMG Records. And then, I scored a photo in the new Chris Hillman book, "Time Between ~ My Life As a Byrd, Flying Burrito Brother, Steve Stills & Manassas, and Beyond." So, what can I say? Seems things that come in sets of three have often been associated with good luck. Looks like I do know a thing or two about getting on third base and hitting triples!

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Sunday, December 06, 2020

Classic Photo Of Bonsai Master David DeWire


Photo Memories: After moving to Seattle in late 1986, one of my first friends that I became acquainted with was at the Pike Place Market where David DeWire (on left) had a showcase display booth & was selling bonsai trees and imported potted plants. Come to find out, he was a certified Bonsai Master & horticulturalist and we hit it off immediately. And to my surprise, he was also a professional musician. Plus, and to my even-greater benefit, his bonsai farm was conveniently located in North Bend, WA. and not far from my residence in Redmond. Immediately his bonsai nursery became my weekend retreat and safe haven. Many hours were spent there learning his kindness and wisdom. So, with this classic photo from that iconic era, I cherish this great man of dignity, the Bonsai Master Mr. David DeWire. 

Sunday, November 22, 2020

New Chris Hillman Book "Time Between"

Just on the heels of having contributed a classic photo to newly released "The Greg Lake Anthology"...now comes the self-penned new book titled "Time Between" by Chris Hillman, the co-founder of the worldwide famous R&R HOF band, The Byrds. I am deeply honored to have contributed a timely photograph of Chris Hillman while on tour (above) from 1973 with Joe LaLa and Stephen Stills of Manassas in this captivating book. Hillman and The Byrds were the legendary folk-rock band known for the monster hits, "Mr. Tambourine Man"-"Turn! Turn! Turn!" and "Eight Miles High." In Hillman's journey he tells of living in Laurel Canyon in the 1960's to join forces with other musical counterparts such as, "The Flying Burrito Brothers," Stephen Stills's "Manassas," "The Souther-Hillman-Furray Band" and "The Desert Rose Band." In the book Hillman also shares his struggles of the ups-and-downs of the music business plus his long spiritual journey that led him to a place of deep faith. Nowadays, Chris Hillman lives in Ventura, CA with his wife Connie of 41 years and counting. The book is a must for all music lovers!

Monday, November 16, 2020

The Jungle Room Website Spreads The Latest

 Want to stay on top of the latest music news and updates? Well, here's an up-trending website that spotlights the latest activity of book author Mr. Phillip Rauls of the non-fiction journal titled, "The Rock Trenches ~ Journal of a Music Industry Executive." Come to find out, Rauls recently contributed to the globally released BMG Records LP & CD compilation titled, "The Greg Lake Anthology ~ A Musical Journey." This is a must for all Greg Lake and Emerson, Lake and Palmer music fans. Read it by clicking on the 'The Jungle Room' Website Spreads the latest!   http://www.jungleroom.com/philliprauls.html  

Sunday, November 08, 2020

BMG Records Releases "Greg Lake Anthology"

BG Records has globally released the classic rock LP & CD masterwork titled "Greg Lake Anthology ~ A Musical Journey." The new release features the many highlights of this artist's great career including a deluxe LP compilation and 21-song collection of his choice music. Plus, a 27-page color booklet that includes original pictures from throughout his lengthy career. I am very honored to have contributed in this project while having one of my select photographs of Greg Lake while taken on tour from the early 1970's that is included in the booklet (the same photo as seen here on page 8 below was also featured in my book "The Rock Trenches").
Gregory Stuart Lake (1947-2016) gained prominence as a founding member of the progressive rock group King Crimson and also Emerson, Lake & Palmer (ELP). His key compositions included "Lucky Man"-"From The Beginning"-"C'est La Vie"-"Welcome Back My Friends" and "I Believe in Father Christmas." Also noted, in 1969 Greg Lake was the lead singer and bassist of King Crimson's most influential debut album "In The Court of the Crimson King" singing the title cut and "21st Century Schizoid Man." Those songs are included on this compilation as well. This collection of music and booklet of career photographs are definitely a must for all Greg Lake fans.

Friday, November 06, 2020

Former Atlantic Records Exec Dick Kline Passes


We are very sorry to hear of the recent passing of our former promotion director at Atlantic Records Mr. Dick Kline. Regarding his passing I came across this great photo of a choice gathering of Atlantic Record Alums at the company reunion held in Las Vegas back in Feb. 2006. (L-R) John David Kalodner, Jane Ayer, Sandi Perlstein, Dickie Kline & Phillip Rauls. RIP Dick Kline - You will be missed.

Thursday, October 15, 2020

Legendary Rock Venue The Warehouse N.O. LA

The legendary rock venue 'The Warehouse' located in New Orleans was often compared to the Fillmore Auditorium's (east and west) in New York and San Francisco. I had become good friends with one of the co-founders Bill Johnston (1944-2013) who appreciated my involvement in the promotion and advertising of Atlantic Records artists who preformed there. In 1970 as the regional Promotion & Marketing Director for the prestiougus record label he admired my support so much that he gave me one of his treasured and original Warehouse T-shirts. Johnston said "You're the only record guy we've seen who shares your passion and devotion." I hung-on to that admired keepsake and 50 years later and was inspired to frame it along with the Atlantic artists that I had toured with and preformed at the Warehouse. In remembrance with those glory days of rock I posted a old picture of myself wearing that T-shirt (top left) along with an original Beaver Productions concert ticket for The Allman Bros. show there and combined with album covers of the groups that I helped promote and advertise for their personal appearances. This framed relic is one of my favorite memoirs.

Tuesday, October 06, 2020

A Day On The Job For Rauls Music

A local magazine in Memphis in the early 1980's called Slit Magazine focused on the local music scene and those artists who were worthy of merit. Here is an expressive article on tireless record promoter & photographer Phillip Rauls and his typical day at work. The photo below is from that college circuit tour in Gainesville, FL mentioned in the conclusion of the article on the debut release of the Manassas album on Atlantic Records with Manassas front man Stephen Stills on lead guitar and slide-guitarist Al Perkins Jr. in the background. Double-click for best viewing.

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

OFFBEAT Magazine talks about Led Zeppelin Visiting the Streets of New Orleans in 1970's

The ever-popular and widely read OFFBEAT Magazine focuses on the New Orleans music scene, the regions culture and its unique cuisine. But when Led Zeppelin blew into town in the early 1970's for a sold-out concert and a private party held at the legendary Cosmos Recording Studio, the Atlantic Records Regional Promotional Manager Phillip Rauls, who was on tour with the band, was asked to describe the landscape at the time. But only described in words that can be printed in a respectable public magazine. Don't miss this classic story with historical rock music significance! Story by Randy Savoie. 


Thursday, August 06, 2020

Turn Back the Clock with YES's Rick Wakeman

 My photo for this week is legendary YES keyboardist (also the Strawbs) Mr. Rick Wakeman who was recently inducted into The Rock & Roll Music HOF. Pictured here from the early days while Wakeman was on the road during the ground breaking YES "Fragile Tour." Photo taken at precisely 3:07 PM on Dec.18th 1971 while the group was appearing in concert at the popular venue The Warehouse in New Orleans. Here Rick is being interviewed here over WRNO-FM Radio by DJ 'Humble' Hugh Dillard (photo (c) by phillip rauls). Hope you enjoy and appreciate memories of that incredible era! Read about those days in the non-fiction memoir "The Rock Trenches" by Phillip Rauls available in books at Amazon.com.

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Former A&R Director at Atlantic Records and Well Respected Historian Jim Delehant Passes

Rest In Peace my long time friend and well respected business associate Mr.Jim Delehant former A&R Director of Atlantic Records. Travel well my friend - you will be missed "Jimmy D"

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

STAX Records Jim Stewart's Birthday

Happy Birthday to Mr. Jim Stewart the co-founder of the historic STAX Records which had a slew of monster R&B hits during the 1960's & 1970's. It's his 91th Birthday and we congratulate him on his vast achievements and wish Mr. Stewart a terrific Birthday. Photo taken in 2003 in front of his residence in Memphis, TN with Phillip Rauls, former STAX Pop Music Coordinator and East/Memphis Music Publishing Professional Director.

Thursday, May 21, 2020

Seattle Radio Royalty 1994

Foto Flashback: "Seattle Radio Royalty 1994" (L-R) EMI Records Phillip Rauls, KXRX Radio Brew Michaels, KISW Radio Steve Young, KUBE Radio Randy Irwin, KPLZ Radio Casey Keating

Friday, May 15, 2020

Two Music Icons Share Friendship

Two Music Icons share a moment in 2012 while attending a Living Room Concert located in the Seattle area at the home of music executive, promoter & book author Phillip Rauls. On the left is legendary songwriter & recording artist Keith Sykes as he is joined with Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame inductee Roger Fisher. Keith Skyes is noted for co-writing the John Prine song "You Got Gold" from Prine's Grammy Winning Album "The Missing Years." Sykes also wrote two of Jimmy Buffett's monster hits "Coast Of Marseilles" and "Volcano" among others. On right is guitarist Roger Fisher, founding member of Heart, who co-wrote several of the group's biggest hits, "Barracuda" "Crazy On You" and "Mistral Wind." The Rock Trenches salutes these two gifted music legends and is honored to call them our friends!

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

When Memphis Music 'Movers & Shakers' were ignored by the all-mighty Memphis Media

Here's a classic photo from the early 1980's of a influential group of Memphis Music 'movers & shakers' gathered at Cotton Row Recording Studio located in the heart of a city known worldwide for its contribution to global music. (L-R) (#1) Niko Lyras, Engineer-Producer-Studio Owner-Recording Artist; (#2) Martha Ellen Maxwell (1928-2014), Exec. Director Memphis & Shelby County Film, Tape & Music Commission, and Former Exec. Director of the Memphis Symphony Orch; (#3) Edwin Hubbard (1935-1997) Performing & Recording Artist-Flutist Extraordinaire; (#4) Danny Jones, Engineer-Producer-well-acknowledged Musician; (#5) Phillip Rauls, owner of Rauls Music-Promoter-Publisher-Executive Producer-Photographer. Please note: If by chance you are not familiar with any of these music business individuals, try Googling their individual names for a wealth of updated information. Whereas at the time, the local newspapers, local magazines and TV media did not bother to acknowledge these individuals for their distinguished accomplishments. 

Tuesday, April 07, 2020

It's Times Like These That Brings Inner-Faith

With the global health crisis upon us with the Coronavirus, it seems only natural to rely on one's inner-faith for spiritual guidance. Here from a vintage classic photo that I took over 50 years ago during a daily mass, is the inside of the magnificent cathedral known as The Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Paris located on the summit of Montmartre, France. (Photo taken (c) 1970 with a Canon FT 50mm 1.18 zoom - without a  flash). 

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Classic Photo of "Hillman-Lala-Stills"

Recently I was contacted by an associate of legendary singer-songwriter & musician Mr. Chris Hillman. Wow! Naturally I was excited as I was being contacted regarding a classic photograph that I had taken years ago. Come to find out, Hillman had seen the photo of a stageshot that was taken when he was playing with Stephen Stills & Manassas. For me, the contact was a pleasant reunion of sorts as I had toured with the band in the early 1970's while working for Atlantic Records. Plus, this also reconnected me with one of my all time favorites as I had always admired Chris Hillman for his low key presence and not seeking the limelight. Hillman had seen the photo of him (on left below) taking a courtesy bow on stage with noted percussionist Joe Lala and mega-star Stephen Stills and thought it would be a good addition to his career archive.

At the time of the photo, Manassas was red-hot and rapidly moving up the charts and on their way to a Gold selling album with the hit singles "It Doesn't Matter" and "Rock 'n' Roll Crazies." Plus, talk about a who's-who of influential rock musicians, Chris Hillman was an early frontrunner in the Folk-Rock movement in the late 1960's and 1970's. As an original member of the Hall of Fame Rock Band, The Byrds, Hillman was influential in introducing psychedelia, folk rock, and country combined with electronic music. The Byrds used pedal steel guitar with a moog synthesizer into their music with their monster hits such as "Turn, Turn, Turn"- "Mr. Tambourine Man" and "Eight Miles High." Hillman would go on the record & tour with such notables, The Flying Burrito Brothers, Manassas, Souther, Hillman and Furay and others. Currently Hillman has released a solo CD and produced by the late Tom Petty and available at his personal website: www.ChrisHillman.com

But wait just a minute, the other two musicians pictured here were certainly no sloches. Pictured in the center is percussionist and vocalist Joe Lala (1947-2014) whose work included being an original member of Blues Image and Manassas. Plus, he also worked and toured with CSNY, The Byrds, Joe Walsh, The Bee Gees and Whitney Houston among others. Yet, after a painful battle with carpal tunnel syndrome, he retired from playing percussions and performing live. But Joe Lala would continue his lengthy career while becoming an actor and appearing in many popular TV shows including, Miami Vice, Melrose Place, Seinfeld, General Hospital.

But, as pictured on the right, what can you say about the legendary singer-songwriter Stephen Stills. Consider that he was an early entree, if not the first, California-based musician that epitomized the modern day West Coast Sound that was not associated with the Surf Music movement or a produced session music. In 1966 Stills formed Hall of Fame Rock Band "The Buffalo Springfield" who opened many doors for a avalanche of Pop-Rock bands to flood the U.S. marketplace. His band The Buffalo Springfield had memorable hits such as, "For What' It's Worth" - "Sit Down I Think I Love You" and "Stop Children - What's That Sound." Stills' next musical venture was mastering the very tasteful and harmonious sounds of Crosby, Stills & Nash (and Young) with monster hits such as, "Suite: Judy Blue Eyes" - "Teach Your Children Well' - "Marrakesh Express" - "Our House" and many others. Stills would go on to record several solo albums while striking gold with the notable single, "Love The One You're With". The next Stills project was Manassas combined with numerous collaborations with other noted rock stars. To put the great Stephen Stills long career in perspective, he is the only person to be inducted twice on the same night into the Rock 'n' Roll Music Hall of Fame. Yet, what else can you possibly say about Stephen Stills as so many others have draped him with homage and praise. Perhaps it sums him up when his long time musical colleleague Neil Young called him, "a genius."

So, with all things said and done, how lucky I was to be a small part of this photograph and capturing a significant moment. Here, these legendary musicians are on stage and having a good time while giving the audience a gracious and courteous bow. Captured moments like this share a great story!

Friday, February 28, 2020

Endangered Species Okinawa Rail

Here's one of my favorite photos and taken in Japan. The Okinawa rail (Gallirallus okinawae) is a species of bird in the rail family, Rallidae. It's existence was only confirmed in 1978 and was described in 1981. It is a medium-sized and mostly flightless with very short wings and tail with a red bill and yellowish legs. It occurs in subtropical moist forests and in neighbouring habitats. It nests and feeds on the ground but usually roosts in trees. It is classified as an endangered species and is threatened by habitat loss and introduced predators. Photo shot in 2006 with a Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ30 at 1/125 sec and F4.5 at 55mm. Prints are $35 ea. on ETSY.com Phillip Rauls Gallery.

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Birthday Party for Keith Emerson at 30,000 Feet

"Birthday Party at 30,000 Feet." Here's the late Keith Emerson of the British Progressive Rock group 'Emerson, Lake and Palmer' as he flashes a big smile while being surprised with a birthday cake served to him on ELP's charter jet by the flight attendant from band members and with drummer Carl Palmer looking on. Read about the exciting days in the non-fiction memoir "The Rock Trenches" by Phillip Rauls and available in paperback or Kindle on Amazon Books. (photo (c) by phillip rauls)

Saturday, January 04, 2020

Mike Pinera Is Still Rockin'

On New Year's Eve of this year of 2020 I had the distinct pleasure of hooking-up again with a former Atlantic Recording artist Mr. Mike Pinera of Blues Image ("Ride Captain Ride") and also of Iron Butterfly, The New Cactus Band, Son Of Cactus, Ramatan and The Alice Cooper Group. It should be further noted, Mike and I both lived in Miami in the early-to-mid 1970's during an enormous growth period of the development of rock music. Plus, no doubt, his good health and career longevity is a testimony of his clean living and being married to the same woman for 45 years. He is still making new music today via his downloads.

(First photo taken New Years Eve 2020 Tacoma, WA  Second photo taken West Palm Beach, FL 1974)

Friday, December 13, 2019

On the Road with 'The Rock Trenches'

The well documented and noted book "The Rock Trenches" by Phillip Rauls covers alots of turf - In the photo above, 'The Great American Music Hall' in San Francisco is in the background as book author Phillip Rauls is sitting on the front fender of promo exec's Dino Barbis' Bentley automobile and taken while traveling on tour with The Don Nix - Larry Raspberry & The Highsteppers Review. We encourage all to read the book reviews in Amazon Books as they speak very complementary of the book's text.

Wednesday, December 04, 2019

New 2020 Calendar "Perpetual Imagery"

Hello Boys & Girls! It's that time of year again when you start browsing for a new 2020 calendar that allows you to schedule those important appointment dates and combined with eye-catching images. Well look no more as it's here in the new 2020 Perpetual Imagery Calendar. It's easy to purchase and shipped to your doorstep within days. Order soon as supplies are limited. Don't deny yourself the pleasure of enjoying something very classy and colorful for the next 12 months. Designed and photographed by Phillip Rauls. See details at link below...

2020 Perpetual Imagery Calendar