Saul Rayo, prolific songwriter, buried

Oscar was his first name, but his fans know him as Saul Rayo.

Oscar Saul Rayo has been described as adorable, charismatic, talented, creative, innovative, comedic, showman, artistic and sometimes controversial. Known as a musician and songwriter, Rayo has performed in the foothills over the years, some with his 12-piece band, Cocina del Mundo, and later with his five-piece band, The Rayos. He has collaborated over the years with many other Nevada County musicians to produce tribute shows for John Lennon, George Harrison, Van Morrison, Joe Cocker and Paul Simon.

Rayo, 67, died May 16 of cancer.



Some of his best-known hits, like “Pena”, “Hometown Boy” and “Love Rain Down”, are popular on Spotify. Rayo had three albums of his own and four with his wife Elena and various bandmates. Saul and Elena played in the United States, France, Singapore, the Netherlands, Ireland and Australia before his cancer became too debilitating.

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Donations to the family can be made at http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/saulrayo.



Known as a musician and songwriter, Oscar Saul Rayo has performed in the foothills over the years, some with his 12-piece band, Cocina del Mundo, and later with his five-piece band, The Rayos.
George Holden

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