|Genres:||R&B / Soul|
|Tags:||soul funk new orleans 60s rhythm and blues rb northern soul norleans rb|
|Decades:||1960s 1980s 1990s 2000s|
14 October 1930, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. An accomplished saxophonist, this versatile musician was first heard on numerous recordings by pianist Professor Longhair. Parker also appeared on sessions for Irma Thomas, Ernie K-Doe and Joe Tex while at the same time embarking on a singing career. His early releases were largely unsuccessful until Barefootin, an irresistible dance record, became a hit in the USA and the UK during 1966. The singer continued this instinctive blend of soul and New Orleans R&B on several further releases, but Tip Toe (1967) was his only further chart entry.