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HBO's 'Vinyl': Martin Scorsese had never heard of Ray Romano

PASADENA, Calif. Not everybody loves Raymond. In fact, not everybody has even heard of Ray Romano, though his popular sitcom, "Everybody Loves Raymond," ran for nine years and turned Romano into a comic star.

One person that had never heard of him was Martin Scorsese. The film director was casting HBO's explosive saga about the sex, drugs, and rock and roll era of the music industry of the '70s. And when Romano's agent read "Vinyl," which premieres Sunday, he urged his client to submit an audition tape.

"So I went to my closet and said, 'Do I have anything that looks '70s-ish? And sure enough, there was a shirt that looked a little bit...