Ray Tabano


Ray Tabano

Raymond Tabano (aka Crazy Raymond) (born December 23, 1946 in The Bronx, New York, U.S.) is a musician and former guitarist of Aerosmith. He grew up as the childhood best friend of Steven Tyler. However, he was replaced by Brad Whitford in 1971. Nevertheless, he continued to be an integral part of the band. He designed the original Aerosmith logo. In addition, he helped maintain the band's office, hangout, and recording studio, "The Wherehouse", throughout the 1970s and started up the band's fan club and line of merchandise, designing and selling merchandise himself and writing the band's fan club newsletters. He was fired in 1979, by Aerosmith's managers Steve Leber and David Krebs for allegedly conducting business behind the management's back.

Friendship With Steven Tyler

Tabano was a close childhood friend of Aerosmith lead singer Steven Tyler. In their hometown of Yonkers, New York, the two found themselves in between two local gangs. They met when Ray was in Steven's "territory" (he had climbed a tree that Steven loved to climb himself), and when Steven asked young Ray to get out of said tree, Ray replied with "Fuck you! I'm Ray-zan the Ape-man!" That immediately solidified their bond for the next fifteen or so years, because Steven was very impressed that somebody had the guts to stand up to him. Later, at around age 14 or so, the two formed the "Green Mountain Boys", a gang that would give them protection from the other gangs. The gang itself did nothing "gang-like" in the words of Ray Tabano, but did however humiliate other boys who expressed interest in joining. This "gang" would eventually form into Steven's first band, The Strangeurs.

The Strangeurs

Originally called the Strangers, the Strangeurs added a "u" to their name to avoid confusion with another band called the Strangers. The band consisted of Ray Tabano on bass guitar, Steven Tyler on drums, Green Mountain Boys gang member Don Soloman on keyboards and vocals, as well as a few childhood friends on guitars. The Strangeurs quickly gained praise in the local area because of their skills as a cover band. The band was skilled in the Top 40 hits of the day and quickly began earning a steady wage as a party band around the New England area.Ray is currently running a catering company in Yonkers,NY.


Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Ray Tabano — (né le 23 décembre 1946 à New York), connu également sous le nom de Crazy Raymond est un musicien américain, connu pour avoir co fondé le groupe Aerosmith en tant que guitariste. Il est le meilleur ami de Steven Tyler avec qui il forme le groupe… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Aerosmith — Infobox musical artist | Name = Aerosmith Img capt = Aerosmith performing in Mansfield, Massachusetts on September 14, 2007 Img size = 250 Landscape = Yes Background = group or band Alias = Origin = Boston, Massachusetts, USA Years active = 1970… …   Wikipedia

  • Aerosmith — Datos generales Origen Boston, Massachusetts, Estados Unidos …   Wikipedia Español

  • Aerosmith — jouant au National Mall à Washington Pays d’origine …   Wikipédia en Français

  • I don't want to miss a thing — Aerosmith Aerosmith Aerosmith jouant au National Mall à Washington Pays d’origine …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Aero Force One — is the name of the fan club for American hard rock band Aerosmith.BackgroundThe origins of the fan club were rooted in the mid 1970s, when the band first broke through with their album Toys in the Attic . The band became a popular act with a… …   Wikipedia

  • Steven Tyler — in 2005 Background information Birth name Steven Victor Tallarico Also known as Demon of …   Wikipedia

  • Portal:Aerosmith — Wikipedia portals: Culture Geography Health History Mathematics Natural sciences People Philosophy Religion Society Technology …   Wikipedia

  • Brad Whitford — est un guitariste américain né le 23 février 1952 à Reading (Massachusetts), ayant intégré Aerosmith au début des années 70, après le départ de Ray Tabano, ce dernier refusant catégoriquement de monter sur scène. Brad faisait à l époque figure de …   Wikipédia en Français

  • 1971 in music — Events* February 5 Eric Burdon War disbanding. They never performed togeather again until April 21, 2008 at the Royal Albert Hall in London. * February 8 Bob Dylan s hour long documentary film, Eat the Document , premieres at New York s Academy… …   Wikipedia


Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.