Personalities | Little Junior Parker | Fifties | Jazz & Blues

(Harmonica, vocals, 1932–71)

Herman Parker Jr. was born in Bobo, Mississippi and worked with Howlin’ Wolf as early as 1949 in West Memphis. Parker was associated with B.B. King, Bobby Bland and Johnny Ace in the Memphis scene of the early 1950s. He recorded for Sun with his own group, the Blue Flames, in 1953 (‘Mystery Train’) and signed with Duke Records in December of that year, where he stayed until 1966. Parker was a first-rate harmonica player but an even better singer. He was more of a crooner than a shouter and, as such, his blues ballads were always outstanding.

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Jazz & Blues, founding editor Howard Mandel


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