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Ray Parker Jr. Takes On NYC This Weekend, Talks Touring Past Vs. Present

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Ray Parker Jr. has written, recorded and performed with nearly every major artist from the 1970s: Barry White, Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Tina Turner, Diana Ross, The Carpenters; the list of names goes on and on. His success continued when he formed Raydio in 1977 and into a solo career, when he famously recorded the theme song for Ghostbusters, winning him a Grammy for Best Pop Instrumental Performance in 1984.

Parker will be reuniting with an artist he continually worked with during the 1970s when he performs with Joe Sample and the CreoleJoe Band Friday through Sunday at the Blue Note in New York City.

“What you don’t know is that I did Crusaders records all the way back to when I was 18 years old,” Parker Jr. tells CBS-FM’s Ron Parker. “Me and Joe did all the Barry white records together… or the Jackson 5, you’re listening to me and Joe. So we put together a little Creole, bluesy kinda something different… we’re just up there crazy, having a really, really good time.”

Ray Parker Jr. In Studio w/ Ron Parker

Ray Parker Jr. In Studio w/ Ron Parker. Photo: Joe Cingrana/WCBS-FM

[PHOTOS] Ray Parker Jr. in studio with Ron Parker

Parker Jr. continues to tour, both domestically and abroad. He just finished a weeks worth of shows in Japan, performing in front of a sell out crowd for seven consecutive nights. While touring in recent years, he’s noticed a significant change.

“Now you don’t have to worry about the lighting and all that stuff. You can just go kick it,” says Parker Jr. “It’s relieving. You’re fans are older. They like you. You’re older. You can just get out there and kinda be yourself and you can relax a little bit.”

“You can scratch your butt if you want to on stage,” he says jokingly.

Parker Jr. will be at the Blue Note all weekend, starting tonight (9/13) and will be performing two sets per night; the first set begins at 8pm with the second starting at 10:30pm. Tickets range from $30 to $45 and can be purchased here.

–E.J. Judge/WCBS-FM


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