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Ray Parker Jr.

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Ray Erskine Parker, Jr. (born May 1, 1954), is an American guitarist, songwriter, producer and recording artist. Parker is known for writing and performing the theme song to the motion picture Ghostbusters, for his solo hits, and performing with his band Raydio as well as the late Barry White.

Early Work
In the mid-1970s he was a sideman in Barry White’s “Love Unlimited Orchestra”, before creating Raydio, an R&B group, in 1977, with Vincent Bohnam, Jerry Knight, and Arnell Carmichael. Parker appeared briefly in the 1974 film “Uptown Saturday Night” as a guitar player. Parker also wrote songs and did session work for The Carpenters, Rufus and Chaka Khan,Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Leon Haywood, Temptations, The Spinners, Boz Scaggs, Rhythm Heritage, and Gladys Knight and the Pips.

Raydio
The group scored their first big hit, with Arista Records, “Jack and Jill” off of their self-titled album in 1978. The song was # 8 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts, earning a Gold record in the process.

Their successful follow-up hit, “You Can’t Change That” was released in 1979, off of the Rock On album. The song was a Top 10 hit, making it up to # 9 on the Billboard charts during the same year it was released.

In 1980, the group became known as Ray Parker Jr. and Raydio, and the group released two more albums: Two Places at the Same Time in 1980 and A Woman Needs Love in 1981.

During the eighties Ray Parker Jr. and Raydio had two Top 40 hits (“Two Places at the Same Time” - # 40 in 1980 and “That Old Song” - # 21 in 1981) and their last and biggest hit “A Woman Needs Love,” released in 1981, went to # 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 Charts, and # 1 on the R&B Charts for two weeks in 1981.

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  • emapia

    Still In The Groove :)

    11 May 10:22pm Reply
  • maximbreakdown

    GHOSTBUSTERS! [14]

    23 Mar 1:55pm Reply
  • costim

    GHOSTBUSTERS!

    16 Feb 1:31pm Reply
  • 04_

    Who you gonna call?

    16 Jan 8:45am Reply
  • dj_farmi

    GHOSTmotherfuckinBUSTERS !!!! :-O

    23 Jul 2014 Reply
  • SoporAeternus-

    GHOSTBUSTERS!

    16 Jul 2014 Reply
  • mightyTACO84

    Happy 60th Ray!

    2 May 2014 Reply
  • star_shaped_man

    If there's something strange in the neighborhood, who you gonna call?

    16 Mar 2014 Reply
  • kluk_jako_buk

    GHOSTBUSTERS!

    10 Mar 2014 Reply
  • Krumbumbes

    How about @For Those Who Like To Groove@ - its brilliant !

    27 Dec 2013 Reply
  • BelascoBoo

    It is one of pop music's greatest tragedies that the song, GHOSTBUSTERS, practically ruined this man's career, and probably will go down in history as one of the most well-known novelty hits ever. Ironic is the word for this, I think!! I wonder if he regrets having written and recorded it -- I suppose money success does have a curse, after all.

    31 Oct 2013 Reply
  • Keila_M

    GHOSTBUSTERS! [10]

    16 Oct 2013 Reply
  • Bastard1

    Maybe not a one hit wonder, but a ripofftastic douche.

    2 Feb 2013 Reply
  • Mike-ekiM

    Not a one hit wonder... RPJ has over a dozen singles that were on the U.S. Billboard top 40, including: Jack and Jill (#4), You Can't Change That (#9), Two Places at the Same Time (#30), That Old Song (#21), A Woman Needs Love (#4), Let Me Go (#38), Bad Boy (#35), I Still Can't Get Over You (#12), Ghostbusters (#1), Jamie (#14), Girls Are More Fun (#34), All I Am Missing Is You (#32).

    30 Dec 2012 Reply
  • JNez

    wish we could combine these tags: raydio, ray parker jr, ray parker jr. & raydio: jack & jill and especially 'you can't change that.'

    8 Dec 2012 Reply
  • JDonn

    One hit wonder :)

    3 Dec 2012 Reply
  • al_shashkin

    I ain't afraid of no ghost!!! [2]

    5 Nov 2012 Reply
  • JerryStar1804

    I ain't afraid of no ghost!!!

    29 Aug 2012 Reply
  • Frazerman

    Too Bad Ghostbusters branded this guy, he had plenty of better songs. He even laid down some guitar tracks for Barry White and Stevie Wonder.

    23 Jul 2012 Reply
  • EVENo94

    GHOSTBUSTERS! [9]

    8 Jul 2012 Reply
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