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Parker, Junior (Herman Parker Jr) (27th May 1932-18th November 1971)

He was a Memphis blues musician and singer-songwriter 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 when he was 39 years old.

Amazing Rhythm Aces Recording
Mystery Train (Sam Phillips/Herman Parker)