Thursday, January 26, 2017

AccuRadio Song Of The Day-Raydio

Song:You Can't Change That
Album:Greatest Hits

Raydio was the group led by Ray Parker Jr. before he had solo success with hits like Ghostbusters. Raydio scored three top ten hits including You Can't Change That in 1979. Parker was a session musician and sideman for Stevie Wonder, Rufus and Barry White before forming Raydio in 1977. The other members of Raydio were Arnell Carmichael, Jerry Knight and Vincent Bonham. Though it looks like the original plan was for these three guys to alternate lead vocals, it ended up that Parker and Carmichael did most of the singing. This no doubt annoyed the other two guys. Raydio signed with Arista and they released their debut album in 1978. Jack and Jill reached #8 on the Billboard Hot 100. By the time the 1979 album Rock On was released, Knight and Bonham left. Knight signed with A&M and he released a solo album in 1980. He had success in the mid-80s as half of Ollie & Jerry with Ollie Brown. Carmichael remained and that's him trading lead vocals with Parker on You Can't Change That. It reached #9 on the Billboard Hot 100. For the 1980 album Two Places At The Same Time, the group name was changed to Ray Parker Jr. and Raydio. On this and the 1981 album A Woman Needs Love, other than Carmichael, Parker is using session musicians. The single A Woman Needs Love reached #4 on the Billboard Hot 100. It was at this point that Parker decided to end Raydio and become a solo artist. Carmichael remained as a backup singer. Parker remained on Arista so all of Raydio's hits are on Parker comps including Greatest Hits. There are three Ray Parker Jr. budget comps available. Here's the video for You Can't Change That by Raydio.

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