Ray Parker, Jr.

Detroit Native and 1972 Graduate of Northwestern High School; Parker Gained International Fame As A Guitarist + Songwriter + Producer and Recording Artist
Born May 1, 1954

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1954 Birth Born on May 1, 1954.


1972 18 Years Old 1 More Event
Parker is a 1972 graduate of Detroit's Northwestern High School. … Read More
1973 19 Years Old 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.


1974 20 Years Old Parker appeared briefly in the 1974 film Uptown Saturday Night as a guitar player. … Read More
1980 26 Years Old 1 More Event
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.
In 1981, he produced on the then emerging hard funk sound on the single "Sweat (till you get wet)" by Brick.


1984 30 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1984, Parker appeared in "Pryor's Place", a short-lived live-action comedy series hosted by Richard Pryor, presumably sharing his own childhood experiences with children and teens. … Read More
1989 35 Years Old In 1989, he also wrote "Ghostbusters", a rap performed by Run-D.M.C., for the movie Ghostbusters 2. 1989 also saw Parker Jr. work with actor Jack Wagner (General Hospital) on an album for MCA Records that was eventually shelved and never released.
1990 36 Years Old A single from the Jack Wagner sessions, "Wish You Were Mine", featuring an intro rap by Parker, Jr. was released on an MCA 1990 Pop/Rock Promotional Sampler CD.


1994 40 Years Old Ray married his wife, Elaine, in 1994—at age 40—with whom he is raising his four sons Little Ray, Redmen, Gibson and Jericho. … Read More
2001 47 Years Old They returned to court in 2001, Parker suing Lewis for breaching part of the settlement which prohibited either side from speaking about it publicly. … Read More


2009 55 Years Old 1 More Event
In early 2009, Parker appeared in a television advertisement for 118 118, a British directory enquiries provider. … Read More
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