Last Updated: 30 Apr, 2023 | Views: 176
Other Profession(s): Singer, Record Producer, Song writer
Famous For: US top-10 hit in 1982 with
Higher Education: Graduated
Ray Parker Jr. is an American musician, songwriter, and record producer who rose to fame in the 1980s with his hit song "Ghostbusters". He is best known for his hit song "Ghostbusters," which became the theme song for the blockbuster movie of the same name in 1984.
Ray Parker Jr. Early Life and Career:
Ray Erskine Parker Jr. was born on May 1, 1954, in Detroit, Michigan. Ray grew up in a musical family and began playing guitar at a young age. By the time he was a teenager, he was playing in various local bands and recording sessions.
Ray Parker Jr. Session Work and Songwriting:
In the 1970s, Parker Jr. became a highly sought-after session musician and songwriter. He played guitar on albums by artists such as Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, and The Temptations, and he co-wrote songs for acts such as Rufus and Chaka Khan and New Edition.
Ray Parker Jr. Solo Career and "Ghostbusters":
In 1982, Parker Jr. released his first solo album, "The Other Woman", which featured the hit single of the same name. He followed this up with several more albums over the next few years, but it was his song "Ghostbusters", which he wrote and performed for the 1984 film of the same name, that became his biggest hit.
Ray Parker Jr. Later Career and Legacy:
After the success of "Ghostbusters", Parker Jr. continued to release music throughout the 1980s and 1990s, although he never quite reached the same level of commercial success as he had with that song.
He has also been recognized for his contributions to music, including being inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2013.