Ray Davis is an abbreviation of Raymond Davis (b. 29 Mar 1940, Sumter, SC, USA - d. 5 Jul 2005), who was the original bass singer and a founding member of The Parliaments, Parliament and Funkadelic. His regular nickname, while he was with those groups, was "Sting Ray Davis". Aside from George Clinton, he was the only original member of The Parliaments not to leave the Parliament / Funkadelic conglomerate, in 1977. He is one of the sixteen Parliament / Funkadelic members inducted the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (1997).