‘Ghostbusters’ was nominated for an Oscar at the 57th Academy Awards for Best Original Song , but lost to ‘The Woman in Red’. The song, written and performed by Ray Parker, Jr., sparked the catchphrases “Who you gonna call? Ghostbusters!” and “I ain’t afraid of no ghost.” It was a huge hit, staying at #1 for three weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
In autumn of 1984, singer and songwriter Huey Lewis sued Parker for plagiarism, claiming that Parker copied the melody for ‘Ghostbusters’ from his 1984 song ‘I Want a New Drug’. Lewis had been approached to compose the main theme song for the movie, but declined due to his work on the soundtrack for Back to the Future. The two musicians settled out of court. It was reported in 2001 that Lewis allegedly breached an agreement not to mention the original suit, doing so on VH1’s Behind the Music.
The music video produced for Ghostbusters became a #1 video on MTV. Featuring actress Cindy Harrell, and directed by Ivan Reitman (also the movie’s director), the video integrated footage of the film with a humorous performance by Parker. It also featured cameo appearances by celebrities who joined in the call-and-response chorus, including Chevy Chase, Irene Cara, John Candy, Melissa Gilbert, Ollie E. Brown, Jeffrey Tambor, George Wendt, Al Franken, Danny DeVito, Carly Simon, Peter Falk, and Teri Garr.
The video concludes with Parker and the stars of Ghostbusters, Bill Murray, Dan Ackroyd, and Ivan Reitman, dancing and singing behind Parker in New York’s Times Square. – Wikipedia