Ray Erskine Parker Jr. (born May 1, 1954) is an American guitarist, singer-songwriter, record producer, and actor, best known for writing and performing the theme song to the 1984 movie Ghostbusters, for his solo music, and for performing with his band, Raydio, and with Barry White.
In 1984 Huey Lewis sued Columbia Pictures and Parker, stating that the melody to the Ghostbusters theme song infringed on the copyright of the Huey Lewis and the News song “I Want a New Drug”, which had been released on their album Sports the previous year. The three parties reached a settlement in 1995 which banned them from revealing any information that was not included in a press release they jointly issued at the time. In March 2001, Parker filed a suit against Lewis for breaching part of the settlement which prohibited either side from speaking about it publicly.
When I see you this evening for “Great Soul Performances 2: The 80s,” joining me will be: Rick James, Smokey Robinson, the Masqueraders, Johnny Mathis, Ray Parker Jr., & Raydio, Whitney Houston, the Dells, Patrice Rushen, the Stylistics, Luther Vandross and others. I’ll look for you at 6PM ET, 5PM CT, 4PM MT & 3PM PT for “Great Soul Performances 2: The 80s” where it’s all good, RadioMaxMusic.Com.
(5PM) On “Great Soul Performances 2: The 80’s” this afternoon, you’ll hear: Michael Jackson, Kool & the Gang, David Peaston, New Edition with that “grown man,” Little Anthony Gourdine, Roberta Flack & Donny Hathaway, Patrice Rushen, Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes, Bloodstone, Ray Parker Jr. & Raydio, Patti LaBelle and many others. The fun begins at 5PM ET, 4PM CT, 3PM MT and 2PM PT. Now, if you missed my tribute to Don Covay last night, or want to hear it again, immediately following “G.S.P. 2,” you can catch the encore performance of “Great Soul Performances” at 7PM eastern time. I’ve received many favorable comments on our tribute, so check it out. Many great things happen on this, the greatest radio station on the internet, RadioMaxMusic.com. I’ll see ya later ‘gator!
(7Pm) The second hour of “Great Soul Performances” this evening, will be devoted to Don Covay. You’ll hear many of the hits that he recorded along with the Goodtimers, as well the songs he wrote for Aretha Franklin, Gladys Knight & the Pips, Chubby Checker and the records with Ben E. King, Joe Tex, Solomon Burke and Arthur Conley that they recorded as the “Soul Clan.” Several years ago I saluted the late Bobby Robinson at WCBS-FM and Don was one of my special guests, talking about how Bobby gave him his first opportunity to record along with the “Rainbows” when they came up to New York from Washington, D.C. You’ll hear Don Covay in his own words. Also on the program will be music from: Natalie Cole, Curtis Mayfield, the Meters, Mtume, David Ruffin and others. We start at 7PM ET, 6PM CT, 5PM MT & 4PM PT following the encore presentation of last Sunday’s “Great Soul Performances 2: The 80’s” at 5PM eastern time. So join me for some great music and help me say goodbye to my dear and special friend Don Covay later today on “Great Soul Performances” on RadioMaxMusic.com.