Ray Parker, Jr.
Detroit native and 1972 graduate of Northwestern High School; Parker gained international fame as a guitarist, songwriter, producer and recording artist
Ray Parker, Jr.
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People Already Hate Missy Elliot And Fall Out Boy's New 'Ghostbusters' Theme Song
Huffington Post - 8 months
If you're filming a reboot of "Ghostbusters" and you need someone to redo the theme song, who you gonna call? Missy Elliot and Fall Out Boy, apparently.  The rock group and rapper remixed the iconic 1984 hit for the upcoming Paul Feig reboot, which is due out in theaters July 15. While some -- like Pete Wentz of Fall Out Boy -- are obviously excited about the song, a few critics aren't so happy. Consequence of Sound wrote that original song had been "tragically defaced by shitty pop-punk," while Jezebel said parts of the new tune sounded like "taking tiny pigeon shits all over solos from a guitar made of aluminum." And, of course, there's a ton of hate on Twitter:  Why did I just give my brain Fall Out Boy & Missy Elliot bastardising the classic Ghostbusters song, but also music in general? WHY?! — Graeme Kynaston (@bigpileofgraeme) June 23, 2016 Let's just hope the only time the new #Ghostbusters theme plays in the movie is during ...
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The New and Original ‘Ghostbusters’ Casts Meet Up on ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’
Wall Street Journal - 9 months
Plus, Ray Parker Jr. performed the classic "Ghostbusters" theme song for an epic dance party.
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Top 19 Halloween-Themed Songs (LISTEN)
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Who said dancing to eerie horror sounds doesn’t rock a party? Well, that may very well be true for any other month aside from October. As Halloween steadily approaches this week, we decided to take a look at a few of our favorite spooky-themed songs, past and present, to assist in creeping your friends out on your nearest dance floor. And while, Ray Parker Jr. declared that he wasn’t “afraid of a ghost” on his popular 1984 hit, “Ghostbuster” and Michael Jackson announcing that the night was “Thriller,” we chose a few non-traditional hits to mix it up. Please let us know what your favorite Halloween theme song in the comments section below.
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Mike Ragogna: From Summer Horns to Napa Jazz: Conversations with Dave Koz and Brian Culbertson
Huffington Post - over 3 years
A Conversation with Dave Koz Mike Ragogna: Dave, it looks like you've got some friends with you on this new project! Dave Koz: Indeed! Old friends, dear friends, amazingly talented friends, but strangely enough, as long as we've known each other, we've never actually worked together on a project before. I'm talking about Gerald Albright and Richard Elliot and Mindi Abair, three phenomenal saxophone players at the top of their game. This album, the Summer Horns project was an album that was kind of floating around in my head for a long time. It was kind of in my musical DNA because the first record that I ever bought was Tower Of Power and that horn section sound kind of seeped into my musical psyche from the earliest days. It was my passion, my love, and it's actually what brought me to the saxophone to begin with. So I knew that at some point, there was going to be this album that would pay tribute to the horn section as part of modern music, and if you look at that ...
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Memphis
Rolling Stone - almost 4 years
Boz Scaggs recorded his 1969 Dixie-soul beauty Boz Scaggs in Muscle Shoals Alabama He made this sublime mostly covers album within spiritual spitting distance in the title city with an empathic band (including R&B guitarist Ray Parker Jr) and the right local help (pianist Spooner Oldham Al Green session organist...
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Music Review: Boz Scaggs - Memphis
Seattle Pi - almost 4 years
Music Review: Boz Scaggs - Memphis Seattle Post-Intelligencer Copyright 2013 Seattle Post-Intelligencer. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Published 1:16 am, Monday, March 4, 2013 Memphis represents the best of both extremes, a set of 13 well-chosen soul tracks (including two originals), backed by legends of the music city that lends the album its title. Recorded at Royal Studio, site of Al Green's greatest sessions, producer/drummer Steve Jordan captures an early '70s vintage sound from a crew of classic hands, including Spooner Oldham on electric piano, Ray Parker Jr. on guitars, Willie Weeks on bass, the Memphis Horns, and string arranger, Lester Snell. Scaggs has recently toured with a veritable super group, Dukes of September, that includes Donald Fagen, making the presence of a Steely Dan song less unusual than it might otherwise have been, and this arrangement of "Pearl ...
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Madison police charge suspect for robbery
The Tennessean - over 4 years
Madison Precinct detectives charged 19-year-old James Ray Parker Jr. with aggravated robbery this afternoon after he allegedly demanded cash and prescription pain medication from the victim at gunpoint inside her Rio Vista Drive apartment.
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Monday: What’s the allure of the giant overdog?
Roanoke.com - over 4 years
Get him, giant guy! YOU GUYS NEED TO HELP ME OUT TODAY, BECAUSE I DON’T GET IT. What is the allure of the giant overdog? What’s the thrill of watching a team that you know is going to win, and the only shock is when the game’s close? If you were to head to Vegas today, peel out $70 and bet it on the U.S. men’s basketball team to win the gold medal, and the U.S. men’s basketball team were to win the gold medal, you know how much money you’d win? Ten bucks. The odds were the same even before yesterday’s 98-71 throttling of France, because, after all, the Americans were a 25-point favorite in that one. France wasn’t going to win, regardless if it had Tony Parker or Ray Parker Jr. I tuned in yesterday morning for about five minutes out of curiosity. I watched some big French oaf try to back down the lane and just lose the ball. Yep, just lost it, like Kevin Duckworth used to do all the time with the Washington Bullets. Nobody poked it away. Nobody pressured him severely. Guy ju ...
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Carroll County Death Notices through June 21
Eldersburg Patch - over 4 years
Click on the name of the deceased to read the full obituary and/or to submit online condolences.   Haight Funeral Home & Chapel P.A. (Sykesville) Location: 6416 Sykesville Road, Sykesville, MD 21784 Phone: 410-795-1400 Mr. Joe William Moyers of Woodbine, MD passed away June 20.  He was 72. Mr. William Joseph “Bill” Ritz of Sykesville, MD passed away June 17.  He was 78.  Mr. Hans Schabatka of Eldersburg, MD passed away June 17.  He was 87.  Mr. Robbie Wink of Eldersburg, MD passed away June 16.  He was 50.  Mrs. Nancy Reese LePage of Eldersburg, MD passed away June 15.  She was 86.  Edward Lee Rhoderick, Jr. of Sykesville, MD passed away June 14.  He was 43.    Fletcher Funeral Home (Westminster) Location:  254 E. Main St., Westminster, MD 21157 Phone: 410-848-7575 Helen Delaney Jollie of Westminster, MD passed away June 19.  She was 86.  William Thomas “Bill” Ray, Jr. of Finksburg, MD passed away June 19.  He was 88. Edgar Cliffor ...
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Tom Scott and Brittni Paiva Concert Begins Summer of Music Fun at the New Banyan Drive Café
Mens News Daily - over 4 years
Hilo, HI – As the summer sun begins to heat up Hawaii’s Big Island by day, the new Banyan Drive Café invites you to cool off at night in Hilo with summer concerts, dinner, and drinks beginning June 23 at 7 pm. The evening will feature Jazz legend and saxophone player Tom Scott from the LA Express and Hilo’s own ukulele darling, Brittni Paiva. The concert will celebrate the release of Brittni’s new CD “Tell U What”. The new works by Brittni feature Michael McDonald, Tom Scott, Arturo Sandoval, Ray Parker jr, and Chuck Findley. The concert will take place at the Banyan Drive Café and is the first of a new concert series being started for the community of Hilo. Opening Night for concerts will be on June 23 at 7:00. Joining Brittni and Tom on stage will be Volcano Choy and the Volcano Jazz Ensemble. The ticket price of $20.00 will include one drink from the new Bar, pupu’s and the concert. Menu Dinner service will begin at 5:00 pm with a new menu. “We are so excited to be able to bring grea ...
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Celebrity Birthdays
Hollywood Dame - almost 5 years
Here are your celebrity birthdays for May 1st… Tim Urban (23) Julie Benz (40) Wes Anderson (43) D’Arcy Wretzky (44) Tim McGraw (45) Judge Marilyn Milian (51) Ray Parker Jr. (58) Glen Ballard (59) Joanna Lumley (66) John Woo (66) Rita Coolidge (67) Judy Collins (73)
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Keselowski θα επιστρέψει στο Nationwide Στην Ατλάντα - OfficialWire
Google News - over 5 years
Sam Hornish Jr, Parker Kligerman και Jacques Villeneuve έχουν οδηγήσει το αυτοκίνητο κατά τη διάρκεια της Keselowski 's δεν υπάρχει. Villeneuve είχε ήδη προγραμματιστεί να οδηγήσει το αυτοκίνητο στο Μόντρεαλ, έτσι Keselowski τεχνικά δεν έχασε εκείνη
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Jurors watch video interview in child cruelty case - Columbus Ledger-Enquirer
Google News - over 5 years
08/24/11 Mike Haskey/mhaskey@ledger-enquirer.com Tonia Parker is defended by Will Kirby, left, and Michael Escobedo, right, is defended by Robert Wadkins Jr. Parker and Escobedo face cruelty to children and other charges
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Hooked on the blues - San Mateo Daily Journal
Google News - over 5 years
At a young age, Boyd saw BB King and Albert King perform but did not have enough money to see Little Jr. Parker on the night he came to town. He also gave up a chance to sing with Bobby “Blue” Bland when he was just 17 because he was too shy, he said
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Reconozca y evite los timos en Facebook - PC World Latin America
Google News - over 5 years
JR Parker, un abogado de Kershaw, Cutter & Ratinoff, LLP, dice que la clave para no ser estafado es mantener la vigilancia. Él recomienda reforzar toda la configuración de privacidad y restringir lo que las aplicaciones pueden hacer con su información
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7 Parker County churches robbed, vandalized in past 3 months - Fort Worth Star Telegram
Google News - over 5 years
Parker County authorities have appealed for help in identifying thieves who stole air-conditioning units and vandalized seven local churches in the last three months. Thieves have stolen the units or destroyed them and damaged
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rhythm'n'blues et rock'n'roll - Libération
Google News - over 5 years
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Feel Like A Fool & Character Flaw grab titles - Harnesslink
Google News - almost 6 years
Howard "Pacin" Parker picked up the drive on the 3-year old son of Art Major - Fool That I Am for trainer and co-owner George Teague Jr. Parker settled the colt in sixth as Bittersweet Champ and Matt Kakaley powered through the opening quarter of 26.3
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Sony faces class action lawsuit for PSN fiasco - TechSpot
Google News - almost 6 years
"Sony's breach of its customers' trust is staggering," said Rothken co-counsel JR Parker. "Sony promised its customers that their information would be kept private. One would think that a large multinational corporation like Sony has strong protective
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Ray Parker, Jr.
    FIFTIES
  • 2009
    Age 54
    On 15 April 2009, Parker's 118 theme song was available as a downloadable ringtone from the 118 118 mobile website.
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    In early 2009, Parker appeared in a television advertisement for 118 118, a British directory enquiries provider.
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  • FORTIES
  • 2001
    Age 46
    They returned to court in 2001, Parker suing Lewis for breaching part of the settlement which prohibited either side from speaking about it publicly.
    More Details Hide Details Lewis had implied in a VH1 Behind The Music special that Parker had paid a financial settlement as part of the original agreement. Parker also made acting appearances on the 1980s sitcom Gimme a Break starring Nell Carter, Disorderlies (1987), Enemy Territory (1987), Charlie Barnett's Terms of Enrollment (1986) (V) aka Terms of Enrollment (USA: short title), Berrenger's (2 episodes, 1985): "Power Play" (1985) TV episode and "The Seduction" (1985) TV episode and Uptown Saturday Night (1974). He was also a production assistant for the film Fly by Night (1993). He made guest appearances on 21 Jump Street and Kids Incorporated.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1994
    Age 39
    Ray married his wife, Elaine, in 1994—at age 40—with whom he is raising his four sons Little Ray, Redmen, Gibson and Jericho.
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  • 1990
    Age 35
    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.
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  • 1989
    Age 34
    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.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1984
    Age 29
    Parker's song secured him a 1984 Grammy Award for Best Pop Instrumental Performance.
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    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.
    More Details Hide Details Parker appeared in the opening title sequence of each show, singing the program's theme song. Parker was one of the first black artists to venture into the then-fledgling world of music videos. In 1978, Hollywood producer, Thom Eubank produced several music videos of songs from his first album entitled, Raydio on Arista Records. The hit single, "Jack & Jill" was the first released to air on Wolfman Jack's Saturday night television show, The Midnight Special. The music videos were also transferred to film and projected in movie theaters all over Europe. He also made two different videos for his hit "The Other Woman". The first was Halloween-themed and centered around a haunted castle with dancing corpses and vampires. The second was more performance-oriented, with Parker performing the song against an outer space background with backup singers. Parker made the performance-oriented video because MTV refused to play his Halloween-themed video due to its depiction of an interracial relationship. Parker's "Ghostbusters" video, helmed by the film's director Ivan Reitman, was one of the first movie-themed videos to find success on the then-young MTV, and paved the way for big movies and hit music videos working in tandem.
  • 1981
    Age 26
    Raydio broke up in 1981, while Parker 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.
    More Details Hide Details Other hits from this period included "I Still Can't Get Over Loving You" (Pop # 12) and "Jamie" (Pop # 14).
    During the eighties Ray Parker Jr. and Raydio had two Top 40 hits ("Two Places at the Same Time" - # 30 in 1980 and "That Old Song" - # 21 in 1981) and their last and biggest hit "A Woman Needs Love (Just Like You Do)", 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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    In 1981, he produced on the then emerging hard funk sound on the single "Sweat (till you get wet)" by Brick.
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  • 1980
    Age 25
    Parker 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. He also performed guitar on several songs on La Toya Jackson's 1980 debut album.
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    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.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1974
    Age 19
    Parker appeared briefly in the 1974 film Uptown Saturday Night as a guitar player.
    More Details Hide Details 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. According to TVOne's UNSUNG documentary, Ray Parker, Jr. originally wrote the number one 70s dance single "You Make Me Feel Like Dancing" by British popular artist Leo Sayer. But, Ray was never given credit as promised. 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 chart, earning a million-selling Gold single in the process. Their successful follow-up hit, "You Can't Change That" was released in 1979, from the Rock On album. The song was another Top 10 hit, peaking at #9 on the Billboard chart during the summer and also selling a million copies.
  • 1973
    Age 18
    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.
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  • 1972
    Age 17
    In 1972, Parker was a guest guitarist on Stevie Wonders funk song "Maybe Your Baby" from Wonder's album Talking Book (1972).
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    Parker is a 1972 graduate of Detroit's Northwestern High School.
    More Details Hide Details 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.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1954
    Born
    Born on May 1, 1954.
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