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Ray Erskine Parker Jr. was born on the 1st May 1954, in Detroit, Michigan USA, and is a singer-songwriter, guitarist, actor and producer, probably best known for his hit theme song written for the movie “Ghostbusters” (1984), for which he was nominated for an Oscar. Parker also played with his band Raydio (1977-1981) and was associated with Barry White. Being a prominent musician helped him to increase his net worth. He has been active since 1972.

Have you ever wondered how rich Ray Parker Jr. is, as of mid-2016? According to authoritative sources, it has been estimated that Ray Parker’s net worth is as high as $2.5 million. In addition to his successful career in music, he is also a producer and an actor,which efforts have generated more money into his bank account.

Ray Parker Jr. Net Worth $2.5 Million

Ray Parker Jr. is a son of Venolia Parker and Ray Parker Sr. and has a sister Barbara and brother Opelton. He went to Angel Elementary School, where started to play the clarinet at age six, encouraged by Afred T Kirby, his music teacher at the time. He later moved to Cass Tech High School, and graduated from the Northwestern High School, Detroit in 1971. Parker subsequently studied at the Lawrence Institute of Technology.

Parker wanted to leave his mark in music, and he started to play during the late ’60s and even co-wrote his first songs with the legendary Marvin Gaye when was 16. He had a job as a studio musician, and after some excellent performances, Ray moved into professional waters by playing guitar for Stevie Wonder’s funk song “Maybe Your Baby” in 1972. The link with Wonder was a good recommendation for Barry White to hir Parker as a sideman in his The Love Unlimited Orchestra in 1973. Ray also briefly appeared in the Sidney Poitier movie “Uptown Saturday Night” in 1974.

Ray Parker has written songs for many performers which has endeared him to the music world; the most notable have been The Carpenters, Aretha Franklin, Deniece Williams, Rufus and Chaka Khan, The Temptations, Stevie Wonder, Tina Turner, The Spinners, Boz Scaggs, Gladys Knight and the Pips, Herbie Hancock, and Diana Ross, but among many more too numerous to mention

Together with Vincent Bohnam, Jerry Knight, and Arnell Carmichael, Parker formed the band called Raydio in 1977, and had a big first single “Jack and Jill”, which reached No. 8 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Their debut, self-titled album released in 1978 went gold, while the following album “Rock On” (1979) reached #4 spot on the R&B chart. The band released another two studio albums – “Two Places at the Same Time” (1980), and “A Woman Needs Love” (1981) which reached the #1 spot on the Billboard chart. With all four albums being certified gold, and millions of records sold, Parker’s wealth significantly increased.

The band broke up in 1981, and Parkers started his solo career and had six Top 40 singles including “The Other Woman” (Pop #4) in 1982 and “Ghostbusters” in 1984. He received an Oscar nomination for Best Original Song, but lost out to Stevie Wonder’s “I Just Called To Say I Love You”, but Parker did win a Grammy award in 1984 for the “Ghostbusters” theme. His debut solo album “The Other Woman” (1982), was the only one gold certified, and which reached the top of the R&B charts. “Woman Out of Control” (1983), “Sex and the Single Man” (1985), “After Dark” (1987), “I Love You Like You Are” (1991), and “I’m Free” (2006) were the following albums; most recently Parker appeared on ABC’s “Greatest Hits” in July 2016.

Regarding his personal life, Ray Parker Jr. married Elaine in 1994, and they have four sons. Parker was rewarded with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2014 for his contribution to music.


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Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Tähdet, tähdet 2016 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The X Factor TV Series writer - 3 episodes, 2009 - 2016 performer - 2 episodes, 2016
Lorraine 2016 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Superstar Duets 2016 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon TV Series writer - 2 episodes, 2015 - 2016 performer - 1 episode, 2016
Pencilmation 2016 TV Series short music - 1 episode
Ghostbusters 2016 performer: "Ghostbusters" - as Ray Parker, Jr. / writer: "Ghostbusters", "Ghostbusters I'm Not Afraid", "Get Ghost", "Saw It Coming" - as Ray Parker, Jr.
Britain's Got More Talent TV Series performer - 2 episodes, 2015 - 2016 writer - 2 episodes, 2015 - 2016
Britain's Got Talent TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2016 writer - 1 episode, 2016
Mike & Mike TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2015 writer - 1 episode, 2015
Best Time Ever with Neil Patrick Harris TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2015 writer - 1 episode, 2015
Lego Dimensions 2015 Video Game performer: "Ghostbusters" / writer: "Ghostbusters"
Scandal 2015 TV Series writer - 1 episode
One Hit Wonderland TV Series documentary performer - 1 episode, 2015 writer - 1 episode, 2015
The Last Man on Earth 2015 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Ex Machina 2015 lyrics: "Ghostbusters" / music: "Ghostbusters"
The Big Bang Theory TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2014 writer - 1 episode, 2014
About Last Night 2014 performer: "Ghostbusters Instrumental Version" / writer: "Ghostbusters Instrumental Version"
Ride Along 2014 writer: "I Love Dem Strippers"
Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues 2013 writer: "Ghostbusters" - as Ray Parker
EastEnders TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2013 writer - 1 episode, 2013
All Access: Mayweather vs. Guerrero 2013 TV Mini-Series performer: "Ghostbusters" - uncredited / writer: "Ghostbusters" - uncredited
Amachan 2013 TV Series short writer - 2 episodes
Phelous & the Movies TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2012 writer - 1 episode, 2012
Animal Practice TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2012 writer - 1 episode, 2012
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia TV Series writer - 2 episodes, 2008 - 2012 performer - 1 episode, 2012
Dancing with the Stars 2011 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Hawaii Five-0 TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2011 writer - 1 episode, 2011
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno 2011 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Castle TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2011 writer - 1 episode, 2011
Some Jerk with a Camera TV Series documentary performer - 1 episode, 2011 writer - 1 episode, 2011
Nostalgia Critic TV Series performer - 2 episodes, 2009 - 2011 writer - 2 episodes, 2009 - 2011
Camping paradis 2011 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Ghostbusters Return 2010 Short "Ghostbusters" Instrumental
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon 2010 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Scream Awards 2010 2010 TV Special performer: "Ghostbusters" / writer: "Ghostbusters"
Love Ranch 2010 writer: "You Got the Love" - as Ray Erskine Parker Jr.
Memòries de la tele TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2010 writer - 1 episode, 2010
The Simpsons TV Series writer - 2 episodes, 2002 - 2010 performer - 1 episode, 2002
Gonger 2 - Das Böse kehrt zurück 2010 TV Movie "Ghostbusters Ghostbusters Theme Song" / producer: "Ghostbusters Ghostbusters Theme Song" / writer: "Ghostbusters Ghostbusters Theme Song"
Zombieland 2009 performer: "Ghostbusters" / writer: "Ghostbusters"
Ghostbusters 2009 Video Game performer: "Ghostbusters" / writer: "Ghostbusters"
All Star Family Fortunes TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2009 writer - 1 episode, 2009
Ain't Afraid of No Ghosts: Creating 'The Real Ghostbusters' 2008 Video documentary short writer: "Ghostbusters"
Animating 'The Real Ghostbusters' 2008 Video documentary short writer: "Ghostbusters"
He Slimed Me! The Green World of Slimer and 'The Real Ghostbusters' 2008 Video documentary short writer: "Ghostbusters"
Something Strange in Your Neighborhood: The Creatures of 'The Real Ghostbusters' 2008 Video documentary short writer: "Ghostbusters"
Who You Gonna Call? The Heroes of 'The Real Ghostbusters' 2008 Video documentary short writer: "Ghostbusters"
Saturday Night Live 2008 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Be Kind Rewind 2008 performer: "Ghostbusters" / writer: "Ghostbusters"
Eddsworld 2007 TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Angry Video Game Nerd TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2007 writer - 1 episode, 2007
Doctor Who 2006 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Just Like Heaven 2005 writer: "Ghostbusters"
Undercover TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2005 writer - 1 episode, 2005
Freddy vs Ghostbusters 2004 Short performer: "Ghostbusters" - uncredited / writer: "Ghostbusters" uncredited, "Ghostbusters"
Ed TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2002 producer - 1 episode, 2002 writer - 1 episode, 2002
Night Fever 2000 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Pop Up Video TV Series performer - 1 episode, 1998 writer - 1 episode, 1998
Extreme Ghostbusters 1997 TV Series "Just Call The XGB" Main Title
The Real Ghostbusters 1986-1991 TV Series writer - 72 episodes
New Ghostbusters II 1990 Video Game writer: "Ghostbusters" - uncredited
Cheers TV Series performer - 1 episode, 1990 writer - 1 episode, 1990
Ghostbusters II 1989 performer: "Ghostbusters" / producer: "Ghostbusters" / writer: "Ghostbusters"
DTV Monster Hits 1987 TV Movie performer: "Ghostbusters"
Quicksilver 1986 performer: "One Summer Day Dueling Bikes" / producer: "One Summer Day Dueling Bikes"
Bring on the Summer 1986 TV Special writer: "Mr Telephone Man" - uncredited
The 57th Annual Academy Awards 1985 TV Special documentary performer: "Ghostbusters" / writer: "Ghostbusters"
Fame 1985 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Solid Gold TV Series performer - 1 episode, 1985 writer - 1 episode, 1985
Knight Rider 1984 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Ghostbusters 1984 performer: "GHOSTBUSTERS" / writer: "GHOSTBUSTERS"
Ray Parker Jr.: Ghostbusters 1984 Video short performer: "GHOSTBUSTERS" / writer: "GHOSTBUSTERS"
Fort Apache the Bronx 1981 performer: "It's Time to Party Now" / writer: "It's Time to Party Now"
Moment by Moment 1978 producer: "Hollywood Boulevard" / writer: "Hollywood Boulevard"
Top of the Pops TV Series writer - 6 episodes, 1976 - 1978 performer - 3 episodes, 1978

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
A to Z 2014 TV Series Ray Parker Jr.
The Kid Who Loved Christmas 1990 TV Movie
Disorderlies 1987 Pizza Deliveryman
Enemy Territory 1987 Will
Charlie Barnett's Terms of Enrollment 1986 Video L.A. Vice Cop #2
Berrenger's 1985 TV Series Zack Shepard
Uptown Saturday Night 1974 Ray (uncredited)

Composer

Composer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Psi-Kix 2008 TV Series music by, 2008
You Can't Change That 1982 Video short

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Extreme Ghostbusters 1997 TV Series composer - 2 episodes

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Basketball Wife 2013 TV Series executive producer

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Fly by Night 1992 production assistant

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Real 2016 TV Series Himself
Today 2016 TV Series Himself - Musical Guest
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon 2016 TV Series Himself - Guest Musician
Inside Edition 2016 TV Series documentary Himself
Greatest Hits 2016 TV Series Himself
Hired Gun 2016 Documentary Himself
Cleanin' Up the Town: Remembering Ghostbusters 2016 Video documentary Himself
Best Time Ever with Neil Patrick Harris 2015 TV Series Himself - Guest, Singalong Live
The Story of Funk: One Nation Under a Groove 2014 TV Movie documentary
Nathan East: For the Record 2014 Documentary Himself
Actors Entertainment 2014 TV Series Himself
Celebrity Wife Swap 2013 TV Series Himself
Basketball Wife 2013 TV Series Himself
Unsung 2011-2012 TV Series documentary Himself
Recorded Live 2011 TV Series Himself
Brian Culbertson: Live from the Inside 2009 Video Himself
The 61st Primetime Emmy Awards 2009 TV Special Himself - Performer
Loose Women 2009 TV Series Himself
Die Hit-Giganten 2008 TV Series documentary Himself
Let the Music Play: The Barry White Story 2007 TV Movie documentary Himself
Greatest Ever Comedy Movies 2006 TV Movie Himself
The 100 Greatest Family Films 2005 TV Movie documentary Himself
Best Ever Family Films 2005 TV Movie documentary Himself
I Love the '80s 2002 TV Series documentary Himself
VH-1 Where Are They Now? 2002 TV Series documentary Himself
American Bandstand's 50th Anniversary Celebration 2002 TV Movie Himself - Performer
MTV Video Music Awards 1990 1990 TV Special Himself
21 Jump Street 1990 TV Series Himself
Ebony/Jet Showcase 1986-1988 TV Series Himself
Family Reunion: A Gospel Music Celebration 1988 TV Movie documentary Himself
Soul Train 1980-1988 TV Series documentary Himself / Himself - Guest / Themselves
Showtime at the Apollo 1987 TV Series Himself - Guest Host
Top of the Pops 1978-1987 TV Series Himself
New American Bandstand 1965 1978-1987 TV Series Himself
The 14th Annual American Music Awards 1987 TV Special Himself
Joan Rivers: Can We Talk? 1986 TV Series
The 13th Annual American Music Awards 1986 TV Special Himself
Solid Gold 1985 TV Series Himself - Host / Himself - Co-Host
The 57th Annual Academy Awards 1985 TV Special documentary Himself - Performer & Nominated: Best Original Song
Pryor's Place 1984 TV Series Himself
Gimme a Break! 1984 TV Series Himself
Na sowas! 1984 TV Series Himself
Champs-Elysées 1984 TV Series Himself
Ray Parker Jr.: Ghostbusters 1984 Video short Himself
Soul City USA 1984 TV Movie Himself
The 10th Annual American Music Awards 1983 TV Special Himself
The American Music Awards 1982 TV Special Himself
You Can't Change That 1982 Video short Himself
The Midnight Special 1978-1979 TV Series Himself / Himself - Host

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Memòries de la tele 2010 TV Series Himself
Top of the Pops 2 2007 TV Series Himself
Hittimittari 1984-1985 TV Series Himself
Top of the Pops 1978 TV Series Himself

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2014 Star on the Walk of Fame Walk of Fame Recording On March 6, 2014. At 7065 Hollywood Blvd.
1985 BAFTA Film Award BAFTA Awards Best Original Song Ghostbusters (1984)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1985 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Music, Original Song Ghostbusters (1984)
1985 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Original Song - Motion Picture Ghostbusters (1984)
1985 Grammy Grammy Awards Best Album of Instrumental Score Written for a Motion Picture or Television Special Ghostbusters (1984) · Kevin O'Neal
· Bobby Alessi
· Tom Bailey
· Graham Russell
· David Foster
· Jay Graydon
· Diane Warren
· Mick Smiley
· Elmer Bernstein


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#Fact
1 He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 7065 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on March 6, 2014.
2 Brother of Opelton Parker.
3 Father of Gibson Parker, Jericho Parker and Redman Parker.
4 Was sued by Huey Lewis, who claimed that the "Ghostbusters" theme was similar to Huey Lewis and the News' "I Want a New Drug." It was later settled out of court. In 2006, Parker filed suit against Lewis, for reiterating his claim of plagiarism against Parker in a VH1 special. According to Parker, public statements on the matter were forbidden by the agreement.
5 Made two music videos for his 1982 Top 5 hit "The Other Woman", both of which MTV refused to play because they did not fit the MTV "rock" format.
6 In 1977, Parker created the Raydio, an acid jazz and R&B group. The band is: Vincent Bohnam, Jerry Knight, Ray Parker Jr. and Arnell Carmichael.
7 Was a sideman in Barry White's "Love Unlimited Orchestra" in the mid-1970s.


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