He was born in Clarksdale,
Mississippi, as Herman Parker Jr. In his teenage years he played on
various blues circuits with artists such as Howlin'
Wolf and Sonny Boy Williamson.
In 1952 he was discovered by Ike Turner who signed him to Modern
Records, but after one single they moved onto Sun Records in 1953. They produced three successful
songs: "Feeling Good", "Love My Baby" and
"Mystery Train". He had periodic success over the net few years
with Roosevelt Sykes' and Don Robey's
songs. He left Sun Records in
the late 1960s and on November 18th 1971, he died of a brain tumour. He was aged 39.
Mystery Train (Sam