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Ray Davis
Nickname.......: "Sting"
Birthdate......: 1940-03-29
Instruments....: voc

Online.........: www

He was born in Sumter, S.C., and lived in Brooklyn, N.Y., before moving to Plainfield in 1958, where he resided until 1968. Ray was, probably, most famous for providing the bass vocals on Parliament's funk songs 'Give Up The Funk (Tear the Roof Off the Sucka) and 'Flashlight. He was later to do the same for the funk ensemble Funkadelic on songs such as 'One Nation Under A Groove'. Ray was a founding member of Parliament, a group that was to influence the whole music scene throughout the Seventies. Parliament were originally known as 'the Parliaments' and were a doo-wop group back in the 50's. It was George Clinton who changed the group's name in the Seventies and created the group Funkadelic. During the early Eighties, he joined the late Roger Troutman's band Zapp. For a few years, in the late '80's, and early '90's Ray retired from the music industry and moved to Greenville, S.C., and worked as a bus driver. Parliament and Funkadelic were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997, although several legal battles over ownership rights still trouble Clinton today. Ray Davis lived in Franklin Park, remained active musically in recent years, working with the Temptations after the death of Melvin Franklin in the mid-1990's. He also toured from 1998 with original P-Funk members Haskins and Thomas. Ray was a former member of Shiloh Baptist Church in Plainfield when he resided. He was also a member of the Masonic Lodge in Dayton, Ohio, U.S.A..

Surviving are four daughters, Cynthia Marshall of Plainfield, Kenyada Davis of Detroit, Mich., Ebonie Frazier of Trotwood, Ohio, and Diane Stevens of Linden; three sons, Derrick Davis (Stacy) of Akron, Ohio, Gregory S. Davis of Plainfield and Lacy D. Hamilton of Baltimore, Md.; 24 grandchildren, two great-grandchildren; four sisters, Evelyn Billups of Plainfield, Rosetta Melette of Columbia, S.C., Susan Gregg of Brooklyn, N.Y., and Carolyn Irvine of Richmond, Va.; his companion, Barbi Black of Franklin Park; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Ray Davis, of the groups Parliament and Funkadelic, has passed away from respitory complications. He was 65.

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