“Ghostbusters” songwriter and legendary R&B artist Ray Parker Jr. gets documentary treatment in “Who You Gonna Call?”
Ray Parker Jr., the R&B star and singer-songwriter best known for the ‘Ghostbusters’ theme, gets the documentary treatment in Sony Pictures Entertainment’s ‘Who You Gonna Call?’, which will premiere takes place on June 7 – watch the trailer below.
As the documentary shows, there’s much more to Parker’s career than this theme song: He had numerous R&B hits under his own name and as the frontman of the band Raydio, and by his mid-teens became a session guitarist in high demand, especially with Motown. like Marvin Gaye, Smokey Robinson, the Temptations and especially Stevie Wonder, even touring with his band when they opened for the legendary Rolling Stones American tour in 1972. He then worked with Herbie Hancock, Barry White, Boz Scaggs and many more. Wonder and Hancock both appear in the film.
Parker granted filmmaker Fran Strine her archives and stories to tell her story — from growing up on the segregated streets of Detroit in the 1960s to winning a Grammy and even getting her own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Parker says, “From an early age, I knew I wanted to be a musician. It was my dream. My life. I did everything and everything I could to make this happen. I would like to say that luck was on my side, but I think dedication and determination to achieve my dreams played a bigger role. I always tell young musicians if you want something then work hard and go for it. When you find something you’re good at, the fun part comes with the ride! Don’t think about option 2 either. Make option 1 a reality. You are the only one to realize it. Know that creating music is a collaborative process, so always deliver, have fun, and enjoy the process. This usually guarantees reminders.
Strine says, “When I interviewed Ray for my previous documentary ‘Hired Gun’, I knew there was a bigger story to tell. From the moment I sat down with him, I was instantly hooked on telling his life story. When most people think of Ray Parker Jr, they think of “Ghostbusters”. Yes, he had a lot of success with this song, but Ray is much more than that. The list of legendary artists that Ray has performed and written with is staggering and people don’t know that side of him. After learning more about him, I immediately knew I had to tell his story. I’m sure people will be inspired by his life story, as I always do, watching this movie.
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