1. It's Time to Party Now - Ray Parker, Jr.
2. You Can't Change That - Ray Parker, Jr., Raydio
3. Let Me Go
4. Woman Needs Love (Just Like You Do) - Ray Parker, Jr., Ray Parker, Jr. & Raydio
5. Jack and Jill - Ray Parker, Jr., Raydio
6. Bad Boy
7. Other Woman
8. I Still Can't Get over Loving You - Ray Parker, Jr.
11. Girls Are More Fun
12. It's Our Own Affair - Ray Parker, Jr.
13. Woman Out of Control
14. That Old Song - Ray Parker, Jr., Ray Parker, Jr. & Raydio
15. Two Places at the Same Time - Ray Parker, Jr., Ray Parker, Jr. & Raydio
16. For Those Who Like to Groove - Ray Parker, Jr., Ray Parker, Jr. & Raydio
17. People Next Door
Ray Parker Jr.
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Ray Erskine Parker Jr. (born on May 1, 1954 in Detroit) is an American guitarist, songwriter, producer and recording artist best known for writing the theme song to the motion picture Ghostbusters.
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 Rufus and Chaka Khan, Stevie Wonder, Leon Haywood, Temptations, The Spinners, Rhythm Heritage, and Gladys Knight and the Pips.
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.
The Solo Years and Ghostbusters
Raydio broke up in 1981, while Ray Parker Jr. continued with his solo career, scoring six Top 40 hits, including the hit single "The Other Woman" (Pop # 4) in 1982 and "Ghostbusters" in 1984.
"Ghostbusters" was a title track of the Gold-selling soundtrack of the hit movie Ghostbusters, starring Bill Murray and Dan Aykroyd. The single was at #1 for three weeks on Billboard's Hot 100 chart, and at #1 for two weeks on its Black Singles chart. The song was also nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song in 1984 but lost to Stevie Wonder's "I Just Called to Say I Love You" from The Woman in Red.
He also made an acting appearance on the 1980s sitcom Gimme a Break starring Nell Carter.
Controversy surrounding Ghostbusters
Parker was accused of plagiarizing the melody from Huey Lewis & the News song "I Want A New Drug" for his 1984 #1 hit theme to Ghostbusters, released only six months after Lewis' hit reached #6 in the Billboard Hot 100. This ended with Lewis suing Parker, and the pair settled out of court in 1995.
They returned to court once again in 2001, as Parker sued Lewis for breaching a confidentiality agreement forming part of their original out of court settlement which prohibited either side from speaking about it publicly. Lewis had revealed in a VH1 Behind The Music special that Parker had paid a financial settlement as part of the original agreement.
Ray Parker Jr. also wrote and produced hits for New Edition ("Mr. Telephone Man"), Randy Hall, Cheryl Lynn ("Shake It Up Tonight"), Deniece Williams ("I Found Love") and Diana Ross.
Rock On (1979)
Two Places at the Same Time (1980)
A Woman Needs Love (1981)
Ray Parker Jr. Discography
The Other Woman (1982)
Woman Out of Control (1983)
Ghostbusters (Soundtrack) (1984)
Sex and The Single Man (1985)
After Dark (1987)
I Love You Like You Are (1991)
I'm Free (2006)