Ray Erskine Parker Jr. (born May 1st in Detroit) is an American musician, singer, songwriter, record producer and actor.
Parker gained recognition during the late 1960s as a member of Bohannon’s house band and the Spinners, was so impressed by the young guitarist’s skills, that they added him to their touring group.
In 1972, Ray was guest guitarist on Stevie Wonder’s album Talking Book. In 1973, he became a sideman in Barry White’s The Love Unlimited Orchestra, before creating – in 1977 – Raydio, with Vincent Bonham, Jerry Knight, and Arnell Carmichael.
Raydio released 2 albums and scored big hits, such as “Jack and Jill” and “You Can’t Change That“.
In 1980, the group became known as Ray Parker Jr. and Raydio and released two more albums, including “For Those Who Like To Groove”, “It’s Time to Party Now” and – in 1981 – their biggest hit “A Woman Needs Love (Just Like You Do)“.
He also wrote songs and did session work for The Carpenters, Rufus and Chaka Khan, The Supremes, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Deniece Williams, Bill Withers, The Temptations, The Spinners, Gladys Knight & the Pips, Herbie Hancock, Tina Turner, and Diana Ross.
In 1982, Ray Parker Jr. continued with his solo career, recording 6 albums and many other singles, such as “The Other Woman” and – in 1984 – “Ghostbusters“, that hit NUMBER ONE on the USA charts and all over the World.
George Washington Benson (born March 22, 1943 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) is an American guitarist, singer, and songwriter. He was a Child Prodigy: • At the age of 7, he first played the ukulele in a corner drug store, for which he was paid a few dollars. • At the age of 8, he played guitar in an unlicensed nightclub on Friday and Saturday nights, but the Police soon closed the […]