Melvin Parker dead at 77

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ICONIC drummer Melvin Parker handed away final Friday at the age of 77.

Parker performed was the drummer for the legendary James Brown and has performed with the musician on many notable tracks.

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Legendary drummer Melvin Parker handed away at the age of 77Credit: R.Swinson Funeral Services

“With heavy hearts, we the Staff and Management of R. Swinson Funeral Services together with the Parker Family, announce the transition of 77-year-old Melvin E. Parker previously of Kinston who was taken to glory on December 3, 2021 in Baltimore, MD,” learn Parker’s obituary. 

“The Parker household is within the course of of constructing preparations for a last goodbye”

Parker’s brother, saxophonist Maceo Brown, additionally performed in Brown’s band.  

Parker performed on many noteworthy songs corresponding to Out of Sight, Papa’s Got A Brand New Bag and I Got You (I Feel Good).

His drumming model turned an modern a part of Brown’s funk music within the late Sixties. He initially left the band within the mid-Sixties after being drafted. 

Parker rejoined the band in 1969 with Brown on the album, Sex Machine, however left once more a 12 months later to affix his brother’s band, Maceo & All the King’s Men.

Brown and Parker would later staff up once more in 1976 for Brown’s hit single Get Up Offa That Thing.

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Parker had an extended profession because the drummer for the James Brown BandCredit: Getty

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