Ep. #75 Featuring Vocal Group EMBER
In the summer of 1984 you couldn’t go anywhere without hearing “Who ya gonna call? GHOSTBUSTERS!”. People flocked to see Ivan Reitman’s Ghostbusters and quickly became obsessed with all things related to the film including the catchy theme song provided by Ray Parker Jr.
Growing up on the west side of Detroit and inspired to be a musician at the age of six, it’s not surprising that Parker was eventually led to the hallowed halls of Motown. As a teenager in the late 60’s Parker was playing guitar in some of the hottest clubs in Detroit and was discovered by a member of The Spinners, one of Motown’s most popular acts at the time. From there he went on to work with legendary songwriters Holland-Dozier-Holland, Marvin Gaye, and even made an appearance as a guest guitarist on Stevie Wonder’s Talking Book (yes, from Episode #74!)
After Huey Lewis and The News turned down the offer to write the theme song for Ghostbusters, Ray Parker Jr. supplied his rendition. Only meant to be a minute and a half of background music for the film’s infamous opening library scene, the producers loved Parker’s tune so much they requested he produce a full-length companion song for the movie. The music video made for the song was also directed by Reitman and featured a number of celebrity cameos yelling out the famous “GHOSTBUSTERS!” line in the song’s chorus.
Asking you, “Who ya gonna call?” are our friends and multi-talented vocal group, EMBER.