Brian Ray
American session musician
Brian Ray
Brian Thomas Ray is an American session musician, musical director, guitarist and singer–songwriter. He is best known for his work as a guitarist and bassist with Paul McCartney, though he has worked with an extensive list of artists in addition to his own solo career.
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Jamie Aderski, Brian Ray
NYTimes - almost 2 years
The bride is an actress and a comedian; the groom is an executive chef at a Manhattan restaurant.
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Two sentenced to prison for torching Boy Scout hall
Cal Coast News - over 4 years
An Arroyo Grande teen and a Creston man were sentenced to Wasco State Prison Monday for torching a historic Boy Scout meeting hall and Japanese Cultural Center in Arroyo Grande in 2011 Both teens when they set the fire, Brian Ray Bellrose, 17, and Joseph Pelletier, 20, were tried as adults. San Luis Obispo Superior [...]
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Frei guilty of first-degree murder - The Gazette: Eastern Iowa Breaking News and Headlines
Google News - over 5 years
(Brian Ray/ SourceMedia Group News) DAVENPORT — Alex Bailey said Thursday a weight has been lifted off his shoulders. “The storm clouds have passed and it's a bright and sunny day,” said Alex, 16, of Marengo. He was all smiles after a jury found
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In case of emergency . . . - The Gazette: Eastern Iowa Breaking News and Headlines
Google News - over 5 years
(Brian Ray/ SourceMedia Group News) IOWA CITY — Today, the topic is Iowa's No. 2 quarterback. This may or may not be a big deal. You might get to actually know who this is, either junior John Wienke or freshman AJ Derby. Or, maybe, true freshman Jake
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Johnson County spending more to house inmates elsewhere - Eastern Iowa News Now
Google News - over 5 years
The jail sent all of the inmates from the cell block to another county jail for the week so they could clean the area and do maintenance work (Brian Ray/The Gazette) IOWA CITY — The Johnson County Jail is bursting at the seams and paying more every
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NFL whispers circle Iowa's Riley Reiff - The Gazette: Eastern Iowa Breaking News and Headlines
Google News - over 5 years
(Brian Ray/ SourceMedia Group News) IOWA CITY — Riley Reiff hears the whispers but ignores them. Reiff, Iowa's dominant junior left tackle, already is listed as a top NFL prospect and he has two years of eligibility remaining
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Movie role to prepare Iowa DT Dominic Alvis for Big Ten silver screen? - The Gazette: Eastern Iowa Breaking News and Headlines
Google News - over 5 years
(Brian Ray/ SourceMedia Group News) IOWA CITY — Dominic Alvis didn't have to audition for his first prominent role in Iowa City this summer; it was totally scripted. Alvis, a red-shirt sophomore defensive lineman, was cast as a henchman alongside
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MUSIC REVIEW; Boyishly Bouncing Across the Decades
NYTimes - over 5 years
The cheerful, childlike doggerel of ''Hello Goodbye'' -- ''I don't know why you say goodbye/I say hello'' -- struck an unexpected note as Paul McCartney sang it on Friday night to start his two-night stand at Yankee Stadium. ''Who is this Derek Jeter guy?'' Mr. McCartney asked. ''Somebody said he's got more hits than me.'' At 69, Mr. McCartney is
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Stricker Wins John Deere for 3rd Straight Year; Zach Johnson 3rd - KCRG
Google News - over 5 years
Steve Stricker of Madison, Wisc. watches his tee shot on the 12th hole during the fourth round of the 2010 John Deere Classic Sunday, July 11, 2010 at the TPC Deere Run in Silvis, Ill. (Brian Ray/ SourceMedia Group News) By KCRG Sports SILVIS,
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Paul McCartney sends video birthday card to Beatle Ringo (video) - Examiner.com
Google News - over 5 years
This year, McCartney and his band -- Rusty Anderson, Brian Ray, Paul "Wix" Wickens and Abe Laboriel Jr. --- dressed casually and rehearsing in England for the upcoming On the Run tour, performed a raucous version of "Birthday" themselves as a birthday
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Gingrich's comeback centered on volunteers and frugality - DesMoinesRegister.com
Google News - over 5 years
(Brian Ray/ SourceMedia Group News) The comments come a day after Gingrich hinted in Iowa that his first presidential finance report could show his campaign in debt. “As a campaign we have a lot of confidence in people who voluntarily come forward,”
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Iowa City considering consultant for downtown work - Eastern Iowa Government
Google News - over 5 years
(Brian Ray/ SourceMedia Group News) IOWA CITY – The city of Iowa City wants some help as it re-envisions its downtown and the Riverfront Crossings neighborhood to the south. Staff wants to hire a consultant, HDR Engineering Inc., to develop plans for
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Brian Ray
    FIFTIES
  • 2011
    Age 56
    In 2011, Ray joined with Oliver Leiber to form The Bayonets.
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  • 2009
    Age 54
    In April 2009, Ray revealed that he was working on a second album, entitled This Way Up.
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  • 2008
    Age 53
    In 2008, Larry Graves and Brian Ray made a video for Ray's song "Coming Up Roses".
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  • 2006
    Age 51
    After decades of performing, writing and recording with musical artists, Brian Ray released his first solo album, Mondo Magneto, on October 16, 2006 through his record label Whooray Records.
    More Details Hide Details "People have always asked me when I was going to do my own thing", Ray said, "I guess I was just busy." Musicians on Mondo Magneto include Scott Shriner from Weezer, Davey Faragher from Elvis Costello's band, as well as Abe Laboriel, Jr., Wix Wickens and Rusty Anderson from Paul McCartney's band. When Ray asked the blues singer and his former boss Etta James if she would sing with him on the album her answer was simple, and immediate – "I'll do anything for Brian." Mondo Magneto's record release party was held at The Mint in Los Angeles, California on January 21, 2006. Ray's live band, Black Unicorn, includes musicians Peter Thorn on guitar, John Button on bass, and Matt Laug on drums. The band performs their music in Los Angeles clubs, such as The Viper Room and The Mint.
  • FORTIES
  • 2002
    Age 47
    In 2002, Ray and Abe Laboriel Jr. composed the score for the independent film The Failures.
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    After meeting with McCartney's producer for Driving Rain, David Kahne, Ray joined Paul McCartney for the pre-game performance of "Freedom" at the NFL's Super Bowl XXXVI in 2002.
    More Details Hide Details Ray joined the rest of Paul McCartney's band for the Driving Rain tour in promotion of the album. As of then, he has appeared on McCartney's solo albums, such as Back in the World, Back in the U.S. and Memory Almost Full, as well as three concert DVDs: Paul McCartney in Red Square, The Space Within US and Good Evening New York City. In addition to being a session musician, Brian Ray has also contributed to film scores such as the soundtrack to the film Heartbreakers in 1984.
    Prior to working with Paul McCartney in 2002, Ray was working on tour in France with two different French artists, Mylène Farmer and Johnny Hallyday.
    More Details Hide Details Abe Laboriel Jr., a drummer who had worked with Brian Ray, mentioned that Paul McCartney was in search of a guitarist who could easily switch between guitar and bass guitar.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1973
    Age 18
    In 1973, shortly after graduating from high school, Ray began his musical career as part of Bobby Pickett and the Crypt Kicker Five, playing the "Monster Mash" at a fundraising benefit hosted by and for Phil Kaufman.
    More Details Hide Details Kaufman took Ray in and would later introduce him to singer Etta James at a rehearsal for the world-famous Troubadour, just as James was on the brink of a career comeback. That brief introduction would eventually lead to Ray's 14-year career as Etta James' musical director and guitarist. While working for Etta James, Ray also shared stages with musicians such as Keith Richards, Santana, Joe Cocker, Bonnie Raitt, John Lee Hooker and Bo Diddley. At this time he also began focusing more on songwriting. Ray spent the late 1980s collaborating with musicians such as Peter Frampton, Rita Coolidge, Michael Steele (of The Bangles) and Steve LeGassick, who became a songwriting partner for 13 years. It was this songwriting partnership with LeGassick that would create the 1987 Smokey Robinson award-winning hit "One Heartbeat", which has received over 2,000,000 airplays.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1955
    Age 0
    Born on January 4, 1955.
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