Blues Get Off My Shoulder: Bobby Parker

Bobby Parker a soul-blues singer and guitarist whose recordings from the late 1950s and 1960s influenced performers as varied as John Lennon, Carlos Santana, and Led Zeppelin died Oct. 31. A veteran of the ‘‘chitlin’ circuit’’ of black theaters, Mr. Parker wrote two much-covered hit recordings on the rhythm-and-blues charts, ‘‘Blues Get Off My Shoulder’’ (1958), a somber ballad enlivened by his trenchant guitar work, and ‘‘Watch Your Step’’ (1961).

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5 Comments on “Blues Get Off My Shoulder: Bobby Parker”

  1. Birgit Says:

    Great song, back to the living musicians…
    Isn’t it also time to celebrate the 70th birthday of a KTCC favorite? Coincidentally this lovely singer had sang some nice rain songs:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HYY85HwP0g4

    • katry Says:

      Birgit,
      Tomorrow I’ll do a Joni day. im6 reminded me it was her birthday today. I wish I had remembered earlier as she would have been the highlight of Coffee today. She is my favorite!

  2. Gregory Luce Says:

    Thanks for this one, Kat. He had strong DC connections so a lot of us are feeling this down here.

    • katry Says:

      Greg,
      You are very welcome, and I am sorry for his passing, the loss of his voice.

      This is my favorite of his songs, and I knew it needed posting.


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