1. Please take 30 seconds to register your free account to remove most ads, post topics, make friends, earn reward points at our store, and more!  

Rhythm ’n’ blues singer Robert Parker, R.I.P.

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by Richland123, Jan 21, 2020.

  1. Richland123


    Apr 17, 2009
    Rhythm ’n’ blues singer Robert Parker, R.I.P.

    Rhythm ’n’ blues singer Robert Parker, who scored a top 10 hit in 1966 with the dance tune “Barefootin’,” has died, according to published reports in the New Orleans area. He was 89. His death, in his hometown of Roseland, LA., was confirmed by a nephew, who said Parker passed from natural causes.

    “Barefootin’,” which Parker also wrote, was actually the singer’s second record to chart on the Billboard Top Pop Singles chart. Parker made his debut back in 1959 with “All Nite Long (Part 1),” but that single peaked at #113. It appeared on the local Ron label, and Parker didn’t return to the chart for seven years, when “Barefootin’,” on the Nola label, and arranged and produced by Wardell Quezergue, rose to #7 on that chart; it also reached #2 on Billboard’s R&B singles chart. Parker scored twice more, with “The Scratch” in 1966 and “Tip Toe” the following year, but neither came close to repeating his big success.

    Robert Parker was born Oct. 14, 1930, in New Orleans and became a saxophonist. He played on the 1949 Professor Longhair hit “Mardi Gras in New Orleans” and went on to work with local artists like Fats Domino, Irma Thomas and Huey “Piano” Smith. He also led the house band at the Tijuana Club in New Orleans for five years, backing artists such as Little Richard and Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown. Another band, Robert Parker and the Royals, served a similar function, backing Big Joe Turner, Solomon Burke and others.
  2. Oddly

    Oddly Supporting Member

    Jan 17, 2014
    Dublin, Ireland.
    Barefootin'. I first heard that on a Stax/Wilson Pickett compilation cd...a great song!

    Last edited: Jan 21, 2020
  3. kobass

    kobass Supporting Member

    Nov 3, 2003
    Outside Boston
    I used to play "Barefootin'" in one of my earlier bands back in the 70's/80's.


Share This Page

  1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.