Ray Parker Jr.
May. 1st, 1954
Detroit, Michigan, USA
Ray Parker Jr.'s Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles1987 - Disorderlies
1974 - Uptown Saturday Night
Guest TV Roles
Himself - Guest
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- Was a sideman in 'Barry White (II)' (qv)'s "Love Unlimited Orchestra" in the mid-1970s.
- Made two music videos for his 1982 Top 5 hit "The Other Woman", both of which MTV refused to play, and both were related to his being African-American. At the time, MTV would not show videos of African-American artists ('Michael Jackson (I)' (qv)'s "Billie Jean" was the first in 1983.). Furthermore, one of the videos depicted him dating and flirting with white women.
- In 1977 Parker created the Raydio, an Acid Jazz and R&B group. The Band is: Vincent Bohnam, Jerry Knight, Rpj and Arnell Carmichael.
- Was unsuccessfully sued by 'Huey Lewis' (qv), who claimed that the "Ghostbusters" theme was similar to Huey Lewis and the News' "I Want a New Drug."
- The first album of Ray Parker Jr. is "Raydio" (1978, Arista).
- Was sued by 'Huey Lewis' (qv), who claimed that the "Ghostbusters" theme was similar to Huey Lewis and the News' "I Want a New Drug." It was later settled out of court. In 2006, Parker filed suit against Lewis, for reiterating his claim of plagiarism against Parker in a VH1 special. According to Parker, public statements on the matter were forbidden by the agreement.
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