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Ray Galindo & Friends / Bio

The Players:
Ray Galindo - Vocals,Guitar,Bass,Piano,Keyboards,Harmonica,Tambourine,Tibetan Bells,Tubular Bells,Alarm Clock
Tom Zomphf - Lead guitar on Facts of Life, Lead guitar at the end of No One There
Tom Ryan - Sitar on Facts of Life and Do It Later
Tom Galione - Lead Guitar, Harmony vocals on I Wonder
Jim Christie - Classical piano on Facts of Life
Harpo - Harmonica & Background vocal on Mama, Please!
Ian - Guitar on I'm So Ordinary
Joey Kramer - Drums on Whiskey Weather,Lovely Marie,A Song About Nothing At All
Sasha Alexander - Drums on My Friend Kenny
Marc West - Bass,Harmony vocal on My Friend Kenny
Jack McLean - Lead guitar on My Friend Kenny
Peter May - Bass guitar on Whiskey Weather
Ralph Ferrera - Harpsichord, Percussion and Orchestral arrangement on We Will Remember You
Jennifer MacDuffee - Piano on See The Painter
Matt Cerrato - Drums on See The Painter, City Of My Heritage, Hey Life, When We Begin Again
John Shea - Harmonica on Gone Too Long, Lead guitar on Hey Life
Ray Galindo began playing the guitar at age 10 after hearing The Beatles and The Rolling Stones for the first time; it was a life-altering experience. "The Beatles were just breaking up. I got everything up to 1970 in one weekend. That was when I knew what I wanted to do with my life. It was all downhill from then on!"
The following year, played "Little Black Egg" at a talent show at Bloom Carroll Jr. High School in Columbus, Ohio. "That was the first time I had ever experienced microphone feedback. It sounded like an air-raid! I finished the song, but I was shaken. What a debut!"
Moved to Tampa, Fl in 1974. Was not interested in school much. "I used to get on the bus with my guitar, and when I arrived at the school, I would leave and go to Matt's (Cerrato). He had a drum set and interesting records.I got most of my early musical education at his house."
In 1976, joined teenage band, Pegasus as lead singer for one show, a prom at Christ The King Jr. High School playing covers and Top 40. Later that year, joined Broadway Star as lead singer for one show, a Battle of the Bands at Papa's Dream in St. Petersburg, Fl. Wolfman Jack was one of the judges. "We were Glam/Punk before there was really such a thing. We lost to a jug band!"
Had the opportunity to learn harder rock and southern rock as lead singer with the WT (West Tampa) Band in 1977 singing material by Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, Spooky Tooth and other bands that were popular at the time.
In 1978, Ray met and joined forces with local piano player and entertainer, Ralph Ferrera. They made four recordings that never surfaced and played a couple of shows in Ybor City - most notably, The Ybor City News Experimental Music Ensemble in the Cuban Club Theater in 1981 and a memorable appearance with Ronny and The Rayguns at Skipper's Smokehouse.
From 1984-1986 worked with Richard Sharkey, the technical director for The Playmakers, a regional theater company where he learned some stagecraft and developed an interest in musical theater and production.
In 1985, hosted the Open Mic Night at Rough Riders. It began as a solo gig, but unable to carry the entire evening, invited some musical friends to play and thus was born the open mic in Ybor City...one of the first in the area.
~Pink Libido - Piano/Vocals on Give Pink A Chance This was a live art event that was staged at Gayle Natale's performance art space, Strangers.
~The New BB's - Keyboardist at Strangers
~The Count Bloodthirsty Show 1987 - Bassist at Arts Alive!,The Sunset Club,The Italian Club (Ybor)
~Kenny Gwynn and Marc West - Guitar at The Red Lion,Kenny's Castaways
~Kenny Gwynn Memorial Concert - Guitar/Lead vocals at Kenny's Castaways
~Snottra Franks - Bass/Vocals at Nightingales (Twice),The Spiral,The Orange Bear,Catch 22 Gallery
~Godson - Guitar/Background vocals at The Pyramid Club
~The New Millennium Martian Band 2000 - Guitar/Lead vocals at Show World
~Choking Smokers 2004 - Guitar/Lead vocals at Beatlefest Battle of the Bands@Meadowlands Hilton performed Dear Prudence
~Dr. Mars - Character Actor at Mars 2112 Theme Restaurant - Featured in Best of New York, BBC
~Deep Carnivale Spoken Word and Music Festival - Guitar/Lead vocals
~EZ Swank - Congas atThe Ritz Theater Thursday July 31, 2008,The New World Brewery Friday August 1, 2008
~As an Organizer/PromoterProbation and Restitution Center's Black History Month Presentation at The Ritz Theater
~Arts Alive! - Voted Hip Pick of the Week by Creative Loafing - Presented:Tommy Tie Dye,The Witch Doctors,Coyote Ugly,The Neo-Bohemian Society,Slap of Reality,Awake,Really Smelly Socks,Mistaken Identity,Blemish On Society,The Roidz,Elvis Hitler,GG Allin & The Disappointments,Screeching Weasel,Norma Desmond,The Pink Lincolns,Dead,The Count Bloodthirsty Show,The Coffee Generation,Benefit Concert for the Billy Casey Family,Benefit Concert for the Eddie Walker Family,and many others.
~The Vernal Equinox Love Concert: A Benefit for The Bookstore at Kenny's Castaways with Laura Molinelli,Kenny Gwynn & Marc West,The 4th Floor
~The Blue Shark
~King Corona
~Radio Appearances:WMNF The Freak Show,University of Miami - Co-Host,WFLA - Guest,Hawkeye Radio - Host
~Television Appearances:Featured Guest on Hot Seat with Carroll Sudler discussed G.G. Allin's show at Arts Alive.
~Channel 8 News Art's Alive Feature
~Best of New York, BBCas Dr. Mars at Mars 2112 Theme Restaurant
~As a published Author - Humor Columnist

General Info

Band Members
Ray Galindo - Vocals,Guitar,Bass,Piano,Keyboards,Harmonica,Tambourine,Tibetan Bells,Tubular Bells,Alarm Clock Tom Zomphf - Lead guitar on Facts of Life
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Ray Galindo & Friends
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Rock / Rock

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Greenwich Village, NY
Ray Galindo

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