Robert Parker

Robert Parker

Birth
Mobile, Mobile County, Alabama, USA
Death 19 Jan 2020 (aged 89)
Roseland, Tangipahoa Parish, Louisiana, USA
Burial Burial Details Unknown
Memorial ID 206397326 · View Source
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Singer. In his teens, he played saxophone on recordings by such artists as Professor Longhair, Al Johnson, Fats Domino, Irma Thomas, Frankie Ford and Huey “Piano” Smith. As a solo artist, he scored a national hit with 'Barefootin'' in 1966, which reached No. 2 on the Hot Rhythm and Blues Singles chart and No. 7 on the Billboard Hot 100. He grew up in New Orleans and played in the Booker T. Washington High School Band. As a teenager, he was a regular patron at Professor Longhair’s gigs who hired Parker as a fill-in saxophonist, which led to Parker’s role in the recording session for Longhair’s hit 'Go to the Mardi Gras.' Parker then formed his own band, Robert Parker and the Royals, and recorded 'All Night Long' in 1959. Parker was working as a hospital orderly and writing songs when he penned 'Barefootin'', which was inspired by a comedian's routine. In 1965, he took the song to the Nola Records label, but the label didn’t release the song until a year later. After the song’s success, Parker performed at the Apollo Theater in New York and toured the United States and England in shows with Stevie Wonder, Joe Tex, the Temptations and as a solo performer. He would often perform 'Barefootin’ shoeless on stage. After the success of 'Barefootin'' died down, he returned to New Orleans and played with Clarence “Frogman” Henry’s band on Bourbon Street. In 1983, 'Barefootin'' was used in a national TV commercial for Spic ‘n’ Span and the song was re-released in England. The song has been covered by several artists, including Wilson Pickett, Jimmy Buffett and Jerry Jeff Walker. In recent years, Parker performed at local festivals, including the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival and in 2007, he was inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame.

Bio by: Louis du Mort


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  • Added: 20 Jan 2020
  • Find A Grave Memorial 206397326
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