Saturday, December 05, 2009
Jango Song Of The Day-Ray Parker Jr.
Song:The Other Woman
This is one of two really big hits Ray Parker Jr. had in the 80s. Ghostbusters was bigger but I like this one better. He's had a significant career as a songwriter and producer too. He was born May 1, 1954 in Detroit and started out as a session guitarist for Holland-Dozier-Holland's Invictus Records. Then Stevie Wonder called him and he moved to Los Angeles to work with him and play other sessions. In 1977, Parker decided to start his own band Raydio and signed with Arista Records. Raydio had several hits but Parker didn't sing lead until the 1981 hit A Woman Needs Love. This convinced him to go solo and in 1982 The Other Woman would top the R & B charts and reached #11 on the Billboard Hot 100. He had an even bigger hit with Ghostbusters but he was sued for plagiarism by Huey Lewis. They settled out of court. Parker also produced hits for New Edition, Cheryl Lynn, Deniece Williams and Diana Ross. This 1993 comp has all his hits. He left Arista for Geffen in 1987. That didn't work out too well and by the mid-90s he was producing acts for the Smooth Jazz market. Ray Parker Jr. returned to recording with his 2006 CD I'm Free released on his own label but distributed by Columbia. Here's the video for The Other Woman by Ray Parker Jr.