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Origin Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
Genres R&B, disco, funk
Instruments Guitar, piano
Years active 1977–1981
Labels Arista
Members Ray Parker Jr.
Vincent Bohnam
Jerry Knight
Arnell Carmichael

Raydio was an American funk and R&B vocal group formed in 1977, by Ray Parker Jr., with Vincent Bohnam, Jerry Knight, and Arnell Carmichael.


1970s and Raydio[edit]

After securing a record deal, the group scored their first big hit in early 1978 with "Jack and Jill", which was taken from their self-titled debut album. The song peaked at #8 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart, and reached #11 in the UK Singles Chart,[1] earning a gold record in the process. "Is This a Love Thing" peaked at #27 in the UK in August 1978.[1] Their next successful follow-up hit, "You Can't Change That" was released in 1979, and lifted from their Rock On album. The single made it up to #9 on the Billboard chart that year. In September 1979 they participated in an anti-nuclear concert at Madison Square Garden. Their performance of "You Can't Change That" at this show appears on the No Nukes album.

The 1980s and "Ray Parker Jr. and Raydio"[edit]

By late 1980, the group had become known as Ray Parker Jr. and Raydio, and they released two more albums: Two Places at the Same Time (1980), and A Woman Needs Love (1981). These spawned another two Top 40 single hits ("Two Places at the Same Time" - #30 in 1980; and "That Old Song" - #21 in 1981). Their last, and biggest hit, "A Woman Needs Love (Just Like You Do)," was also released in 1981, and went to #4 on the Billboard Hot 100.

After acknowledging the band had come to a crossroads, and with Parker wanting to go solo, they quietly broke up in 1981.

Solo careers[edit]

Parker then started his solo career, scoring six Top 40 hits throughout the 1980s, including the hit singles "The Other Woman" (Pop #4), and "Ghostbusters". The latter song was the title track of the box office hit movie Ghostbusters. The single went to #1 for three weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1984.

Knight went on to have a moderately successful solo career of his own, later forming Ollie & Jerry, with Ollie E. Brown (who had been a session drummer on all of Raydio's albums) in the mid-1980s. Their two biggest hits also came from soundtracks: "Breakin'... There's No Stopping Us" was the theme to the motion picture Breakin', and hit #9 on the Hot 100 and #1 on the Hot Dance Club Play chart; their second single "Electric Boogaloo" (from the movie Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo), did not enter the Hot 100, but did climb to #43 on the dance chart.


All albums and singles listed below were issued on Arista Records.

Studio albums[edit]

Year Title Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales thresholds)

1978 Raydio 27 8 43 29
1979 Rock On 45 4 65 42
1980 Two Places at the Same Time 33 6 40
1981 A Woman Needs Love 13 1
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released.


Year Title Peak chart positions Album



1978 "Jack and Jill" 8 5 4 14 5 24 4 11 Raydio
"Is This a Love Thing" 20 17 27
"Honey I'm Rich" 102 43
1979 "You Can't Change That" 9 3 25 6 17 9 12 12 Rock On
"More Than One Way to Love a Woman" 103 25
1980 "Two Places at the Same Time" 30 6 34 93 Two Places at the Same Time
"For Those Who Like to Groove" 14 23
"Can't Keep You from Cryin'" 57
1981 "A Woman Needs Love (Just Like You Do)" 4 1 11 47 16 8 9 10 A Woman Needs Love
"Still in the Groove" 35
"That Old Song" 21 26 7
"It's Your Night" 73
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released.


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  3. ^ a b David Kent (1993). Australian Charts Book 1970—1992. Australian Chart Book Pty Ltd, Turramurra, N.S.W. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
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  8. ^ "IRE Charts Search > Raydio". Irish Recorded Music Association. Retrieved 2012-12-21.
  9. ^ "NLD Charts > Raydio". MegaCharts. Retrieved 2012-12-22.
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