Daughtry Talks NYC: Will The Real Ray’s Pizza Please Stand Up?

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Chris Daughtry and Brian Craddock of the band Daughtry in studio at Fresh 102.7 in NYC - May 1, 2012. Photo: Joe Cingrana for CBS Radio/Fresh 102.7

Chris Daughtry and Brian Craddock of the band Daughtry in studio at Fresh 102.7 in NYC – May 1, 2012. Photo: Joe Cingrana for CBS Radio/Fresh 102.7

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A portion of the band Daughtry stopped by to chat with Jim and Kim in the morning at Fresh 102.7/New York this week. Lead singer Chris Daughtry and guitarist Brian Craddock reminisced about their favorite New York City moments and the whole gang tried to figure out who really is the “original” Ray’s Pizza. Does anyone really know or will it forever be a mystery about the Naked City?

“I think the one [NYC moment] that stands out in my mind is probably New Years Eve when we played in the snow, it was great,” Craddock recalls.

“It was more like slush,” Chris reminds him. “I don’t know how people do it, we’re getting ushered around and they’re just standing there in the snow, it’s crazy.”

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Chris goes on to explain that playing Times Square on New Years Eve was never officially on a list of things to accomplish, so when it became a reality the whole band was taken back by it. “It was one of those surreal moments and you’re like oh wow, we see this every year on TV and now we’re in it. We’re in what we normally watch, it was pretty crazy.”



In addition to that unforgettable experience, Chris says that his next favorite NYC memory is eating Ray’s pizza. Getting a slice is a must when visiting the Big Apple, but which Ray’s is really the original Ray’s?

“They all have the same sign! Who’s real and who’s not?!

All New Yorkers know about the infamous Ray’s Pizza battle, but Chris is confused about who is who because they all share the same name, logos, and menus.

“So they’re all liars,” he says.

They all share a laugh and come to the conclusion that the original one is located in the East Village. According to the scholarly website Wikipedia, Ralph Cuomo opened the first Ray’s Pizza, at 27 Prince Street in Little Italy, in 1959, named after his nickname “Raffie”. In the 1960s he briefly owned a second Ray’s Pizza, but sold it to Rosolino Mangano in 1964.

Glad we cleared that up.

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