Bobby Parker

Born: August 31, 1937
Lafayette, LA, USA

Bobby Parker started playing guitar at about 11 years old. As a young teen, he used to do a show called Me and my Shadow, with T-Bone Walker. He ran away from home at the age of 14 to go on the road with a do-wop band called the Charms. A year or two later, he landed a gig with the house band at the Apollo Theatre in Harlem (Paul "Hucklebuck" Williams Orchestra) and played regularly with many jazz and r & b greats such as Pee-wee Crayton, Clifford Brown, Ruth Brown, Chuck Berry, Sam Cooke, Jackie Wilson, and Etta James, among others. The Williams Orchestra also served as the band on Dick Clarks Calvalcade of Stars tour. At about this same time, he began playing with Bo Diddly, which culminated in an appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show. He also did a short stint as a sub in Fats Domino's band. In the late 60's, Bobby spent a year touring England as part of a work visa reciprocity. He went there and and brought Fleetwood Mac to the USA. According to Bobby, "John Travolta and disco set music back 20 years." With gigs being tough to come by, Bobby played where he could to make a living during the 70s and early 80s. This consisted primarily of the N.C.O. club circuit on military bases. He dropped out of music for a couple of years in the late 80s while he took time out to tend to family matters. After his sister encouraged him to sit in with a band at an L.A. beach barbeque, he rediscovered his passion for music. He then moved back to Washington, D.C., and got a band toghether, which eventually led to his getting signed to Black Top Records, with whom he released 2 cds.

Instruments Played / Skills:
Guitar Songwriter

Modern Blues

Bobby Parker Has Worked With:
Andrew Padula Mark Kazanoff Lee Allen Zeno Charlie Sayles Connie Curtis Pee Wee Crayton Clifford Brown Ruth Brown Chuck Berry Sam Cooke Etta James T. Bone Walker

Bobby Parker Was Influenced By:
James Brown Ray Charles Bo Diddley T. Bone Walker
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"I'm grandiose. I've wanted to be a rock star since I was two."

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