Jul. 19, 2015

My Special Music People #3


My Special Music People: #3

A Brief Raycap of my Career in a Nuthouse, Nutshell.

A Short List of some of the SPECIAL people and projects I worked with during my 38 Odd (and they WERE ODD!) years in the Music Bidness..

The material herein remains the property of Ray Ramsay and is not intended for Publication, Reproduction, or Broadcast without the Authors permission. Yeah.


Randy always a gentleman. Met up w them at the end of Brave Belt when Quality wanted to deal w them but Bruce had bigger & better ideas. Never forget them jamming w The Stampeders @ Pharaohs Retreat.

They were all BIG guys, the drummer, Robbie was the smallest but looked like the others had been eating his food. They thinned out somewhat when Blair Thornton Joined them.

Canadian Idol-

I couldn’t care less for ANY of the ‘Idol’ TV shows, my favorite ‘Idol’ is BILLY Idol. It was good TV, not so good record sales.

My first exposure to a Canadian Idol was the first one, Ryan Malcolm, who was unschooled and FULL of himself, so much so that if he fell OFF himself he risked serious injury. Before ‘Idol’ he was known as ‘Waiter?’, now it’s ‘Hey! Waiter!’

The guy that followed Ryan looked like a singing sheep but I didn’t know him. I posted Ryan’s LP jacket in our front window while we went on vacation, nobody broke in.


I met Stu and Doug Backstage at one of their early Vancouver shows but John & Tom were tuning up so I missed meeting them. I was / am  a HUGE fan and Fogerty follower; I even have their LP when they were the Golliwogs!

At 20, did a caricature poster of them and they signed it! It hangs in the Ramseum in our house.


            I’ve successfully used my knowledge and contacts from my time in the Biz to do good for people that need help, namely Wig for Kids BC (W4K) benefiting BC Children’s Hospital. Their ‘Balding for dollars’ crew hired me after hearing what I’d done for W4K thanks to my good friend and W4K Chair Bev Friesen. Altho I did some very good work for BCCH, they’ve since taken the PR/Media Relations back inside the Corporate structure, which is probably easier to control as I can be an acquired taste, often more Go-Rilla than Guerilla in my approach.

            I’ve also done some work for Delta Hospital here in Ladner with their ‘Light the Way’ Campaign handling PR/MR and arranging the Music entertainment, with great success quadrupling their attendance as well as raising their Profile and a LOT of $$!

            My longest tenure has been with Wigs for Kids, since 2006 when Bev called me for some advice and I jumped right in.

            I am fortunate that I still have some good friends in the Music/Entertainment Industries that allow me access and come to the party with donations (Annual Silent Auction ssssh) when they’re able. Their contributions help us raise Money and awareness to ease the burden of families that have kids with Cancer. At one time, my daughter was in need of BCCH services so this is a way to pay back.

            Early on I wrote a Poem ‘Chemo Savvy’ for Bev to use which probably still has Longfellow rolling over in his grave.

            At that time, one could get ‘In Kind’ Tax receipts for your work which helped keep the CRA from standing on my Fiscal dick, but apparently Harpers/CRA’s new philosophy of ‘No good deed goes unpunished’ dis-allows that now, BUT..we soldier on!

            This past year I developed a Ladner-centric Campaign that drew attention to our bucolic little burg spotlighting local independent merchants that also gave them a strong chance of return business on their donations, so win-win. The results of those 4 months of effort at the 2012 Silent Auction (no mime MC again, darn!) were a bid of $800 for the ‘Experience Ladner’ Package, plus about $3000 in cash given to me by the local public including a $500 prize I won from Overwaitea for conceiving the project, pushing the grand total to over $100,000+! So, it was good work, my ‘Ray’ job!

            With the wealth of incoming big name acts to Vancouver in the Fall, I went in pursuit of one of them signing a guitar for the next Silent Auction including Sir Paul for who I rented a Seal costume (had to return it early as it hot and itchy) to approach him, but as he was newly shed of his Uni-Ped, he may have lost interest. But, with the help of Charlotte from Warner Music (who used to work with me at BMG) we got a guitar signed by the Red Hot Chili Peppers! Yay Charlotte!

            Prior to that, I had dragged that same guitar all over Victoria hoping to get John Fogerty (in concert there) to sign it but no luck…Hey John? That ‘Old man down the road’? That was ME dragging this sea anchor around for a good cause!

            It’s nice to have a tax break but for me, the reward is in the work, helping put a smile on a child.

Dave Chesney-

A career buddy starting at his dads (Joe Chesney) The JC in CJJC Country Radio station in Langley, to MD at CKLG/FM (Pre-The Fox), CBS Rep, Writer for City Now and presently Editor of on-line Newspaper White Rock Star. Solid as a Rock, Country as a Front Porch.

Curt Cobain-Iconic Rock Star, gifted Songwriter, noted Marksman, Tragic ending.

Commander Cody & His Lost Planet Airmen-

Wow. What a band! A terrific experience and one of my first dabbles into Country. George Frane was a real good guy. Billy C Farlowe was over the top terrific.

Warren Copnick-

 Left his band ‘Tourettes’ (Vocalist) for BMG. A great guy but I figured out quickly that the number of Radio Stations on his ‘Call’ list for Vancouver visits equaled the same number of holes on a Golf Course! Imagine THAT.

Copyright-A very interesting project. Rock with its pants on. Too much Media focus on Heroin and not enough about the Music.

Cowboy Junkies-

Redefined ‘Cool’, Margo was wonderful. “Misguided Angel’ media tempest was a shot heard round the music world and nearly ended my career, but I stuck it out and the truth came out; the DEVIL made them do it!

Crash Test Dummies-

From the street straight up, what a story, what a ride. The 1st Album ‘Ghosts that Haunt Me’ and the single ‘Superman’s Song’ were successful from pure Belief; Later on the ‘Worms Life’ CD started as a project of pure Make Belief and had me running around town visiting Radio in a Chicken Head mask and a ‘Worm’ puppet on one arm, delivering the new record inside containers of live Dew Worms!

After a spectacular ride including a BIG American breakthrough, it was tragic to watch them crash & burn at the Vogue, it blew my mind that it happened.

I used to adopt a Dirty Harry persona when I was with an artist in public to try and deter any harm coming to them; fans don’t understand this can happen and some artists simply don’t want to meet the people that pay their rent. I was with Brad from CTD at the PNE one afternoon and they were skeded to play there that night. The Top 40 station had a booth on the grounds and we went there for a little pre-show interview and while we were waiting a couple of girls approached and tugged on my sleeve asking..are you the Promoter? Me; No. Tug/Her:..are you his Manager? Me: No. Tug/Her: ..are you his Grandpa? Me: to myself. Heavy sigh…..God I hate my life.

The material herein remains the property of Ray Ramsay / ALadinLadner Publishing:The Written Werd and Dirty Book Store is not intended for Publication, Reproduction, or Broadcast without the Authors permission. Yeah.

Latest comments

04.06 | 20:20

That's good Ray - spread it around

04.06 | 18:55

Hopefully history will finally teach us that we are all one. No better, no worse.Love one another as you would be loved - and the world and people will be in a better place.

04.06 | 18:46

Excellent musings my friend. What a twisted world and to look now and see it get worse instead of better.

04.06 | 18:16

Wow cuz that's great writing and truth

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