Story by Larry Buford
Ray Parker Jr.
*We’ve been hearing a lot from the man who made “Who you gonna call?” a global catch phrase. On March 6th, musician Ray (“Ghostbusters”) Parker Jr. received his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Attended by the who’s who in the music and film industries, speakers at the ceremony included Bill Withers and Brian Holland (of Holland/Dozier/Holland fame).
Parker is the 2518th recipient of the Hollywood star in the Category of Recording. In addition to his blockbuster “Ghostbusters” – which along with other versions of the song sold over 35 million units – Parker and his band Raydio are also known for such hits as “Jack And Jill,” “You Can’t Change That,” “A woman Needs Love (Just Like You Do),” and “The Other Woman.” Parker’s star is located at 7065 Hollywood Blvd. next to fellow music giants Herbie Hancock, Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonius Monk, and The Funk Brothers. When his star was unveiled Parker exclaimed “Unreal!”
*The movie “The Son of God” is the first time the story of Jesus has been on the big screen in about 10 years since Mel Gibson’s “The Passion of the Christ.” ”The Son of God” is a story of the mightiest power of heaven overcoming the mightiest power on earth. The Roman Empire was the most powerful and far-reaching kingdom the earth had seen up to that point. They were ruthless, intolerant, and loyal to their god, Caesar. Then along came Jesus introducing His kingdom in the midst of it all. Continue reading
by Larry Buford
The Waters on the Red Carpet. (L – R) Luther, Maxine, Julia and Oren
*Think you’ve never heard of The Waters? Listen again!
I first saw them live at a Neil Diamond show at The Forum…Julia and Maxine are the voices behind Diana Ross on “Someday We’ll Be Together”
If you’ve ever listened to vinyl records or CD’s, watched television or gone to the movies you have heard one or more of the voices that comprise “The Waters” – Luther, Maxine, Julia, and Oren – a family group raised in Los Angeles, grew up in a rich musical environment orchestrated by their mother Lorena who was quite a vocalist in her own right.
Biography coming soon!
*A biography of ‘The man behind the glasses’ as told to best-selling author Ted Schwarz is on the way.
In conjunction with the announcement of a forthcoming biography of Motown’s David Ruffin, the Ruffin family also announced that on Wednesday February 26, 2014 The Official David Ruffin Website – established and facilitated by The Estate of David Ruffin – will launch at http://www.davidruffin.net
Courageous Action Will Save Lives and Billions of Dollars
*WASHINGTON, D.C. – The courageous action by the CVS Pharmacy chain to stop selling cigarettes and other tobacco products is likely to save lives and billions of dollars, as well as spark state and local legislation to ban the sale of tobacco products in all pharmacies, says public interest law professor John Banzhaf, the man behind the ban on cigarette commercials and the nonsmokers’ rights movement.
“It’s a courageous decision because in the short run CVS is likely to lose money, both from the sale of cigarettes, but also from the sale of other products as some smokers chose other pharmacies at which to shop,” says Banzhaf.
Anna Gordy Gaye and Berry Gordy
Earlier today (01-31-14), it was announced that Anna Gordy Gaye, former wife of Marvin Gaye and sister of Motown founder Berry Gordy, passed away at the age of 92.
The official statement on her death from Mr. Gordy was forwarded to us by Ron Brewington, VP/Motown Alumni Association (MAA):