In The Basement
Is This A Love Thing; You Need This (To Satisfy That); Betcha Can’t Love Me Just Once; Honey I’m Rich; Jack And Jill; Me; Let’s Go All The Way; Get Down; What You Waitin’ For; Hot Stuff; You Can’t Change That; Rock On; More Than One Way To Love A Woman; When You’re In Need Of Love; Goin’ Thru School And Love; Honey I’m A Star
No doubt Ray Parker Jr., felt that his talents were being wasted as principally a session guitarist and sometime songwriter when he decided, in 1977, to put together a group dubbed Raydio as the first move in
launching himself on a fully-fledged career as a ‘name’ outright. Signed to Arista, the group’s eponymous album debut and the sophomore set, ‘Rock On’ were released in 1978 and ’80, #8 and #4 r&b albums
respectively. ‘Jack And Jill’, the first single, was a song like Marmite, that you either liked or loathed, being driven into the latter camp (as I was) by the trite lyrics and the shill femme vocals that squawked the names of the song’s - and other - subjects on the verses. Clearly that was a minority view, the song reached #5 on both the ‘Billboard’ and ‘Cashbox’ r&b charts, crossing over to #8 pop and achieving a #11 pop posting on the UK listings. The equally irritating funkier follow-up, ‘Is This A Love Thing’ also graced the UK charts to a peak of #27, while back home scoring #20 r&b ‘Billboard’ and #15 ‘Cashbox’, although it by-passed the pop ‘Hot 100’. Its flip, ‘Let’s Go All The Way’, with Parker adopting a higher register, restores some sanity. The ‘Rock On’ album follow-up first offered up ‘You Can’t Change That’, a somewhat skip-along number in lighter weight fashion than its 45 predecessors. Doubtless it gained some new fans, hitting the top three r&b and top five pop. It certainly caused Arista to rethink what should be the next A-side, as any idea of
issuing a funky number was set aside in favour of ‘More Than One Way To Love A Woman’, a rippling item where the album version would carry a lengthy intro including a wistful acoustic guitar. It was, however, less well received, stalling at #25 r&b ‘Billboard’, #27 ‘Cashbox’ but overall, despite the album title, this time around signalled a somewhat softer approach.
Born in Detroit in 1954, Ray parker Junior worked as a session guitarist in California with the likes of Stevie Wonder and Barry White, before forming Raydio in 1978.
They hit big with their first single Jack and Jill, which was a top 10 hit on both sides of the Atlantic. The song is featured on the band's debut self-titled album, along with follow-up hit Is This A Love Thing.
The lead single from second album Rock On was You Can't Change That, another hit.
Following this, Park restyled the group and went on to have hits including smash Ghostbusters in 1984. Who you gonna call?