Published on April 20th, 2020 | by Darren Paltrowitz0
Ray Parker Jr. On The New Film “Who You Gonna Call: The Ray Parker Jr. Story,” Motown & More
You most likely know Ray Parker Jr. as the artist who wrote and recorded the title track to the film Ghostbusters, but you probably don’t know his his back story and what it took for him to get there. From the streets of Detroit to the Hollywood Walk Of Fame, Parker’s journey is one you won’t believe. And that journey is documented within the new documentary Who You Gonna Call: The Ray Parker Jr. Story, as helmed by award-winning director and producer Fran Strine of Hired Gun fame.
Spoiling a bit of Who You Gonna Call: The Ray Parker Jr. Story for you, few people have played on as many hit albums as Ray Parker Jr. As an in-demand guitarist, songwriter and session player, his musical credits included thousands of albums. In turn, that extensive list of credits includes Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye, Erykah Badu, Cher, B.B. King, The Carpenters, Barry White, Bill Withers, New Edition, and Run-DMC. He got his start around the Motown scene as a teenager and achieved success as a solo artist both before and after the earlier-mentioned Ghostbusters theme.
I had the pleasure of speaking with Ray Parker Jr. by phone on April 17, 2020 about Who You Gonna Call: The Ray Parker Jr. Story, his history as a session player, being friends with many of the greats, which artist he still hopes to work with, and more. The full interview is embedded below for your listening pleasure. More on Parker and Who You Gonna Call can be found at www.rayparkerjr.com.