I had no idea Ray Parker Jr had such a rich history as a guitar player in the industry. I had no idea he played on Cheryl Lynn’s biggest hit”Got to Be Real” or that he played for Stevie Wonder, Chaka Khan and many others. Ray admits he knew he was not a singer which was why he turned down a solo deal that Clive Davis offered him on Arista and opted to almost instantly form a group to hide his limited vocal ability. So Raydio was born. They were basically session singers who were paid a mere $500 a week but when the albums hit they wanted more money which seems to perplex Ray???? So he got rid of most of the original members and formed a NEW version of Raydio by the second album. Since Ray was the source behind the music and the writing he maintained one of the singers from the original group. Ironically, nobody seemed to notice the change. Ray describes how he was ripped off by two producers for a huge hit song that he helped write for Leo Sayer “You Make me Feel Like Dancing” which has Ray Parker Jr written all over it but he was not given any credit. He admits he was very bitter about that for quite some time but he got his poetic justice years later (they talk about it in the show) without suing the perpetrators.
Home Of Interest UNSUNG REVIEW: Ray Parker Jr. Premieres Feb 13