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Artist Countdown: Ray Parker Jr w/ Raydio Top 25 Hits 12p ET @orayo

Ray ParkerRay Erskine Parker, Jr. (born May 1, 1954) is an American guitarist, songwriter, producer and recording artist. Parker is known for writing and performing the theme song to the motion picture Ghostbusters, for his solo hits, and performing with his band Raydio, and Barry White. Raydio was an American funk and R&B vocal group formed in 1977, by Ray Parker, Jr., with Vincent Bohnam, Jerry Knight, and Arnell Carmichael. – Wikipedia

1 Ghostbusters
2 Jack and Jill
3 You Can’t Change That
4 A Woman Needs Love (Just Like You Do)
5 I Don’t Think That Man Should Sleep Alone
6 I Still Can’t Get Over Loving You
7 Jamie
8 Bad Boy
9 Girls Are More Fun
10 Two Places at the Same Time
11 That Old Song
12 Is This a Love Thing
13 Over You (with Natalie Cole)
14 For Those Who Like to Groove
15 Let Me Go
16 More Than One Way to Love a Woman
17 All I’m Missing Is You (with Glenn Medeiros)
18 She Needs to Get Some
19 Honey I’m Rich
20 I’ve Been Diggin’ You
21 It’s Our Own Affair
22 The People Next Door
23 In The Heat of the Night
24 Woman Out of Control
25 It’s Your Night

Artist Countdown: Bobby Womack Top 35 6p ET @RealBobbyWomack

bobby-womackRobert Dwayne “Bobby” Womack (born March 4, 1944) is an American singer-songwriter and musician. An active recording artist since the early 1960s where he started his career as the lead singer of his family musical group The Valentinos and as Sam Cooke’s backing guitarist, Womack’s career has spanned more than 50 years and has spanned a repertoire in the styles of R&B, soul, rock and roll, doo-wop, gospel, and country.

Womack wrote and originally recorded The Rolling Stones’ first UK No. 1 hit, “It’s All Over Now” and New Birth’s “I Can Understand It” among other songs. As a singer he is most notable for the hits “Lookin’ For a Love”, “That’s The Way I Feel About Cha”, “Woman’s Gotta Have It”, “Harry Hippie”, “Across 110th Street” and his 1980s hit “If You Think You’re Lonely Now”.

In 2009, Womack was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

(Source: Wikipedia)

1 Lookin’ For a Love
2 That’s The Way I Feel About Cha
3 Nobody Wants You When You’re Down And Out
4 Harry Hippie
5 Woman’s Gotta Have It
6 California Dreamin’
7 You’re Welcome, Stop on By
8 I Wish He Didn’t Trust Me So Much
9 Sweet Caroline (Good Times Never Seemed So Good)
10 Fly Me to the Moon
11 Across 110th Street
12 Love Has Finally Come at Last (with Patti LaBelle)
13 Check It Out
14 If You Think You’re Lonely Now
15 Daylight
16 How I Miss You Baby
17 More Than I Can Stand
18 Where There’s A Will, There’s A Way
19 Tell Me Why
20 Where Do We Go From Here
21 I’m Back For More (with Lulu)
22 I’m Gonna Forget About You
23 What Is This
24 The Preacher /More Than I Can Stand
25 Communication
26 How Could You Break My Heart
27 It’s Gonna Rain
28 Home Is Where The Heart Is
29 I Left My Heart in San Francisco
30 (I Wanna) Make Love to You
31 It’s All Over Now (with Bill Withers)
32 Living in a Box
33 It Takes a Lot of Strength to Say Goodbye
34 I’m Through Trying To Prove My Love To You
35 Copper Kettle

Artist Countdown: Rick James Top 25 Hits 6p ET @RadioMax

rick-jamesRick James (born James Ambrose Johnson, Jr.; February 1, 1948 – August 6, 2004) was an American musician and composer.

James started his singing career fronting doo-wop and rhythm and blues bands in his hometown of Buffalo, New York in the early 1960s, with his vocal style influenced by the likes of Marvin Gaye, Smokey Robinson and David Ruffin. After entering the United States Navy to avoid conscription after he dropped out of high school, James deserted and relocated to Toronto, Canada where he resumed his music career. While there, James formed the rock-soul fusion band Mynah Birds, whose lineup once included a young Neil Young. James’ tenure with the Mynah Birds was interrupted after he was discovered recording with the group in Motown in the 1960s, and surrendered to military authorities serving out a one-year sentence in a prison in Buffalo. James returned to Canada where he resumed the Mynah Birds, though the band eventually split; James relocated to California where he started a series of rock bands. He also had a period where he served as a staff writer with Motown (under an assumed name) before he left the label.

In 1977, he signed with the Gordy Records subsidiary of Motown as a recording artist where in 1978, he recorded his first album, Come Get It!, which sold over a million copies at the time of its release. He would go on to score several popular hits on the pop and R&B charts, including four number-one hits on the latter chart. James became noted not only as a hit maker on his own recordings but also produced successful recordings for the likes of Teena Marie, the Mary Jane Girls, the Temptations, Eddie Murphy and Smokey Robinson. His best-selling recording, 1981’s Street Songs, sold over three million copies helping to renew sagging fortunes in Motown.

Addictions to cocaine and crack however hampered his career by the late 1980s and in the 1990s, his legal troubles, which would include assaulting two women while under the influence of crack, led him to serve a three-year prison sentence at California’s Folsom State Prison. James was released on parole in 1996 and resumed his musical career releasing the album, Urban Rapsody, in 1997. A mild stroke suffered during a concert in early 1998 interrupted his career for a brief time. James received new notoriety in 2004 when he appeared on an episode of Dave Chappelle’s Chappelle Show in the Charlie Murphy “True Hollywood Stories” segment of the show, in which James’ past wild lifestyle was satirized. James died later that year from heart failure at the age of 56.  (Source: Wikipedia)

1 You and I
2 Give It to Me Baby
3 Dance Wit’ Me
4 Cold Blooded
5 Can’t Stop
6 Glow
7 Big Time
8 Loosey’s Rap (featuring Roxanne Shanté)
9 17
10 Sweet and Sexy Thing
11 Standing on the Top  (with The Temptations)
12 Super Freak
13 Mary Jane
14 Love Gun
15 Ebony Eyes (with Smokey Robinson)
16 Bustin’ Out
17 High on You Love Suite
18 U Bring the Freak Out
19 You Turn Me On
20 Hard to Get
21 Come into My Life
22 Ghetto Life
23 Fool on the Street
24 Spend the Night With Me
25 Wonderful