Friday, April 02, 2010

RFC/Quality  


I had initially conceptualized this post as a means to reveal that both Black Shag and myself must be Ray Caviano's illegitimate children due to our shared reputations as scoundrel's. Now of course we draw the line long before ripping anyone off least of all Jimmy Ross. Leaving Jimmy stranded and broke in New York City only to be deported seems just a little extreme. Oddly enough the many negative comments about Caviano accrued on the last Beat Electric RFC post have now mysteriously disappeared leaving his scoundrel status somewhat dubious. Still it seems hard to deny, enough old schoolers in the know reached out to us and explained in detail what a crooked bastard this guy was.

That said, Caviano had a pretty good ear for talent. Here are a few key tracks from the partnership of RFC and Toronto based Quality Records. I now ask each of you to find it in your hearts to send A Number of Names a paypal donation or drop Monica Thornton a modest check in the mail as it seems clear Ray Caviano wasn't much into making good on his artists royalty payments.

Front Line Orchestra - Don't Turn Your Back on Me
Empire Projecting Penny - Freakman
Karen Silver - Nobody Else
T.C. Curtis - Body Shake Instrumental
A Number Of Names - Sharevari (Edit)
A Number Of Names - Sharevari (Instrumental)
Monica Thornton - Give It Up
Jimmy Ross - First True Love Affair (Instrumental 7" Version)
Tracy Weber - One Step At A Time (Instrumental)

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7 comments: to “ RFC/Quality


  • April 5, 2010 at 2:30 PM  

    Here's an edit we did of an RFC medley.
    http://soundcloud.com/tres-lingerie/startraxedit


  • April 22, 2010 at 3:25 PM  

    change glow of love 12 inch rfc


  • August 16, 2010 at 4:30 PM  

    Ray Caviano left Jimmy Ross broke in New York leading him to get deported...unfreakin'believable! So many of the early techno/house/acid pioneers simply didn't get paid and as you pointed out, that included Number Of Names.

    Whats really really ironic is the fact these guys get screwed first time around, then second time around by the bootleggers and/or labels who make a tidy profit out of licensing the records for the many compilations that have sprung up over the last 20 years....and now they are getting screwed a third time around with digital sales of their tracks (either officially or unofficially)....

    ...Somehow sharing MP3s of these records simply for the love of the music seems almost honourable when you think about it.

    .....He left Jimmy "First True Love Affair" Ross broke in NY & he got deported!?!?!?!

    *shakes head*

    Mr.Caviano, you are a bad man.


  • June 27, 2011 at 3:43 PM  

    I know Ray Caviano and he is not dead quite the opposite very much alive. This person you are describing is not the guy I know. Artist need to educate themselves too the business of music so that these things do not occur. i DIDN'T KNOW CAVIANO IN THOSE DAYS BUT THE MAN I KNOW TODAY IS NOT THAT SAME MAN.


  • October 6, 2012 at 10:28 PM  

    RAY CAVIANO IS DEAD! WHAT THE FUCK DO YOU KNOW ANYHOW…. - AND HE FUCK A LOT OF PEOPLE AND WAS A LIER A THEFT AND A PROFESSIONAL REP OFF ARTIES. EVEN HIS PROBATION OFFICERS WARNED HE WAS”OUT OF CONTROL” AND”A THREAT TO ANY COMMUNITY WHEN HE GOT OUT OF JAIL. HE DID NOT CARE ABOUT YOU OR ANYONE, HE WILL USE YOU AND FUCK YOU UP. HE DID IT TO ANYONE ONE EVEN AT RFC TAHT WAS ALL BULLSHIT ANYHOW --- Gerald "Jerry" Wexler BEFORE HE DIED IN 2008 SAID CAVIANO THAT HE WAS SORRY THAT HE EVER MADE THAT DEAL WITH RAY CAVIANO AND SHOULD HAVE GONE WITH BILLY SMITH THAT PUT RAY IN PLACE AND TOOK HIM OUT OF COLLEGE PROMOTIONS AT LONDON RECORDS IN THE EARLY 70'S, ... "I AM WAS SO SORRY THAT BILLY SMITH SHOULD HAVE HAD THAT DEAL".


  • June 14, 2013 at 2:53 PM  

    Cocaine.. its a helluva drug


  • January 25, 2015 at 3:01 PM  

    Every great story needs a third act. Ray Caviano, the “disco kingpin” who wound up in jail on drug charges and then vanished from the scene for 25 years, is living proof. Back in the late ’70s disco heyday, Caviano was in his prime as the scene’s number-one record executive. From his glitter ball perch at Warner/RFC records, he launched hits for Rod Stewart, The Doobie Brothers, Gino Soccio, Change and Ashford and Simpson. But only a few years later, Caviano had a “$500-per-day drug habit” and was in New York State jail.

    MORE: http://www.redbullmusicacademy.com/magazine/rfc-records-feature