Saturday, October 09, 2021

Dan Hill's album "Longer Fuse" Hit Gold Status

Pictured here from 1977 is the gold record award ceremony of the monster hit "Sometimes When We Touch" song by Canadian pop rock artist Dan Hill. Presented here by the 20th Century Fox Records Midwest Regional Promotion & Marketing Director Phillip Rauls and awarded to Memphis radio station FM-100's P.D. John Wagnor and DJ Ron Olsen. The song peaked at #3 on the Billboard Pop Charts with (lyrics) written by Dan Hill and (music) by Barry Mann. Since its original release "Sometimes When We Touch" has been recorded by numerous artists and considered as a classic hit song. a



Pictured below from the Hollywood office of 20th Century Fox Records is Dan Hill discussing a forthcoming tour and promotion plan with 20th's V.P. of Promotion Barry Goldberg.



Monday, September 27, 2021

Jane Wiedlin's "Fur" Album Produces Hit Single

 

In 1988 EMI Records released an album by noted singer/musician Jane Wiedlin titled "Fur" that produced the hit single 'Rush Hour' while peaking at #9 on Billboard Hot 100 Chart. Wiedlin was also the co-founder of the 'Go-Go's' who became the first successful all-female rock band ("We Got The Beat"). Plus, she was an accomplished actress while appearing in numerous films.

Pictured below at an music industry function is Jane Wiedlin with EMI Records Northwest Promotion and Marketing Manager Phillip Rauls.


Pictured below is Wiedlin (R) with EMI's Regional Promotion Manager Rauls (L) also with well respected Program Director Sean Lynch (Center) of Z100 Radio in Portland OR


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Wednesday, August 18, 2021

Joel Selvin's Book "Here Comes the Night" the Story of Music Genius Bert Berns Gets 5 Stars


One of my favorite activities since retirement is having the actual time to catchup on reading and enjoying books that feed my robust appetite for the history of popular music. Even in my own book, “The Rock Trenches” I share that same interest while expressing the story with my own photographs and words that originate from my soul. Yet recently, I stumbled on a book that blows-away all recent texts titled “Here Comes the Night” by noted author Joel Selvin. The book also has an accompanying DVD (purchased separately) by the same title that underlines this powerful music journey.


Selvin tells a fascinating story of the development of the noted songwriter, and producer, and publisher and record label owner by the name of, Mr. Bert Berns of Bang Records. Burns wrote the monster hit songs; “Twist & Shout” – “Hang on Sloopy” “Piece of My Heart” and many more. Berns also had giant hit productions like; “Brown Eyed Girl” - “Under the Board Walk” – “Baby, Please Don’t Go” and more. Equally important here, he is also credited for initially discovering the superstars Van Morrison and Neil Diamond. Personally, and at that very same time, I find it interesting that I was on the same musical wave-length with Berns' early recordings and didn't realize it until reading this book. You may find yourself in that same scenario upon reading the content. An example of that parallel here, in the photo below taken earlier this week in August, I am holding original copies from those founding productions of Bert Berns from years earlier. Both albums by Van Morrison & Them and a Neil Diamond were saved from my longtime record collection. Truth is, earlier and upon release I was a huge fan of Bert Berns and his productions - and I didn't even know it.  


Bang Records was created by Bert Berns in 1965 together with his partners from Atlantic Records: Ahmet Ertegun, Nesuhi Ertegun and Jerry Wexler. The first letters of their names Bert, Ahmet, Nesuhi and Gerald formed the record label’s name; B-A-N-G. But Selvin’s great book starts well before that period and details Bert Berns long and arduous road to success starting from the streets of New York and peaks all interests as it unfolds in the shady world of rhythm and blues music and untold developments of the difficult task of making a hit songs. Plus in Selvin's book, he mentions numerous heavyweights and some of those music legends in a very unfavorable manner.  

Perhaps one reason this book captured my keen interest is mainly because I too worked for Atlantic Records. In addition to that, in the mid-to-late 1960’s I promoted the new releases for Bang Records while working at the regional record distributor in Memphis, Hot Line Records. It seems that in every chapter of  Selvin's book I read the names of people that I had worked with and fraternized with at various music functions including Berns widow, Ilene Berns. As a matter of fact, Ilene Berns took over running the record label after her husband died suddenly in 1967 as a result of a rheumatic heart condition. Bern's wife, who has also since passed away, and their son, were heavily resourced in the making of this fine book. The developments of my connections came through working for both Atlantic Records and Hot Line Record Distributor which promoted and marketed the label, Bang Records. And I'm not going to lie to you but until reading this great book, I didn't have a clue that somehow I had reached full-circle.  



Consider Joel Selvin’s book a classic as his background as a noted writer started as a music critic for The San Francisco Chronicle. From there, he has written many articles including those in the Los Angeles Times, Rolling Stone Magazine, Billboard and Melody Maker. Plus, he has written many outstanding books all focusing on the music scene and pop culture.  

So, if you haven’t already - and if you have any interest in the music business - you should definitely read this historical book. Next to my original music journal titled “The Rock Trenches” … I definitely think that Joel Selvin’s book of the life of Bert Berns and his music career titled, “Here Comes the Night” is my most recent favorite!        

5 STARS             

 

 

Monday, August 09, 2021

Northwest Promo Legend Stan Foreman Passes


Sad news. It was announced Sunday, Aug. 8th that former Capitol Records NW Promotion Director Mr. Stan Foreman has passed away. Pictured here in the Capitol-EMI Records office on Lake Union in Seattle in the late 1980's is Stan (sitting) with Phillip Rauls (R) while enjoying an afternoon discussion. Stan was my close business associate and good friend. When I first moved to Seattle in the mid-1980's, it was Stan who introduced me to all the important movers-and-shakers in the business community and taught me the streets. RIP Mr. Stan Foreman. You will be missed.

Wednesday, August 04, 2021

Two Original Rock Music Record Promoters Share A Rare 1975 Photo-Op Moment

Here's a classic photograph deep from the image archive: Two trailblazing promoters hailing from Memphis and landing in the music biz during the early rock music era. Both party's long music industry backgrounds reads like an Encyclopedia Britannica. Pictured here (from circa 1975) as Phillip Rauls (L) and Phil Rush (R) actually knew each other in High School as Rauls was from Treadwell High and Rush from neighboring Bartlett High. Rauls broke into the business first in the mid-1960's as the road manager of the noted garage band The Gentrys and later hired by STAX Records as local promo manager. From there he went Hot Line Record Distributor as Mid-South promo mgr. Rauls later had successful career stints with Atlantic Records, 20th Century Fox Records and then in the mid-to-late 1980's to the mid-1990's as NW Regional mgr. with EMI Records. Phil Rush came onboard at Hot Line Distributor the early 1970's as promo mgr. when RCA Records noticed him and snatched-him up as their local RCA record rep. Rush later joined Capricorn Records in the mid-1970's where he had a successful run with the Macon GA based rock label. Both Rauls and Rush were well-respected record guys long before the promotion business bandwagon became a herd mentality. 

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
www.rarwriter.com



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.

Click-on link to view: 

 https://vimeo.com/508935501/72f4baa36c

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. 

https://www.offbeat.com/articles/stairway-to-bourbon-street-led-zeppelin-in-new-orleans/ 

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.