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Profession: Record producer, Songwriter, Guitarist, Composer, Singer
Date of Birth: May 1, 1954
Nicknames: Ray Parker Jr, Ray Parker, Jr., Parker Jr., Ray, Ray Parker Jnr., Raymond Erskine Parker Jr., Parker, Ray, Jr.
Country: United States of America
Musician Ray Parker, Jr., with an estimated net worth of approximately $2.5 million, is best known for writing and performing the title song to blockbuster film Ghostbusters. And while he does have "Ghostbusters" to thank for most of his net worth, his career comprises more than just that single song. Parker's musical career began as a guitarist in the house band at the famous 20 Grand night club in Detroit, Michigan. From there, he was hired by the band The Detroit Spinners, with whom he toured the country. Some time later in the mid 1970s, Parker started the band Raydio, which released their first hit song, "Jack and Jill," in 1978. Raydio continued to release hit songs into the early 80s, before Parker began his solo career. After a few short years, he was hired to record what would become his most famous song, "Ghostbusters." The song, while still a popular favorite, is not free from controversy. Parker was accused of plagiarizing the Huey Lewis and the News song "I Want a New Drug" for "Ghostbusters." The two parties settled out of court, and the similarity between the two songs is unmistakable. Since "Ghostbusters," Ray Parker, Jr. has appeared in a variety of television shows and advertisements. He is mostly absent from show business today.
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.
Parker was born in Detroit to Venolia and Ray Parker, Sr. He has two siblings: his brother Opelton and his sister Barbara. His father died on March 12, 1992 at age 82; his mother died on December 18, 1993 at age 83.
Parker is a 1972 graduate of Northwestern High School in the Motor City. He was raised in the Dexter-Davison neighborhood on its West Side.
Parker gained his reputation during the late 1960s as a member of the house band at the legendary 20 Grand nightclub. This Detroit hot-spot often featured Tamla/Motown acts, one of which the (Detroit) Spinners, was so impressed with the young guitarist's skills that they added him to their touring group. Parker was also employed as a teenaged studio musician for the emergent Holland-Dozier-Holland's Invictus/Hot Wax stable and his choppy style was particularly prevalent on 'Want Ads', a number one single for Honey Cone.
In 1973 he was a sideman in Barry White's The 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 (an association which prompted a permanent move to Los Angeles), Deniece Williams, Jean-Luc Ponty, Leon Haywood, Temptations, The Spinners, Boz Scaggs, David Foster, Rhythm Heritage, Gladys Knight and the Pips, The Honey Cone, Herbie Hancock, Tina Turner and Diana Ross.
Raydio scored their first big hit, "Jack and Jill", from their self-titled album in 1978 with Arista Records. The song reached #8 on the Billboard Hot 100 char

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