Notable drummer of James Brown, Melvin Parker, died final Friday, December 3, on the age of 77.
It was introduced in his obituary, “With heavy hearts, we announce the transition of 77-year-old Melvin E. Parker,” including that he handed away in Baltimore, Maryland. “The Parker household is within the course of of making preparations for a last goodbye.”
“Let’s maintain the Parker household in our ideas and prayers throughout this time of bereavement.”
As of writing, no reviews have been made concerning the trigger of his demise.
His Career As A Drummer
Per Ultimate Classic Rock, rising up, Parker and his siblings would carry out impromptu songs and performs for the adults within the household, setting the muse for his future profession.
“Daddy would line us up within the entrance yard and train us ‘left face’ and ‘proper face’ and ‘about face,’ and even doing half-lefts and half-rights and indirect strikes. And we might march to time,” Parker recalled of his childhood.
According to a report by The Sun, his drumming fashion grew to become a major contribution to Brown’s funk music within the late Sixties. However, he left the band within the mid-Sixties after being drafted.
Parker, afterward, joined the band as soon as once more in 1969 for Brown’s album “Sex Machine” for a 12 months and moved to affix his brother’s band, “Maceo & All the King’s Men.”
The drummer nonetheless teamed up with Brown for his hit single “Get Up (*77*) That Thing” in 1976.
Bootsy Collins Tribute
Musician Bootsy Collins additionally left his tribute to the one who handed. He stated in his Facebook put up, “We misplaced one of the best Drummer that flew beneath the radar, Mr. Melvin Parker was a drummer. Parker’s drumming fashion was a serious ingredient in Brown’s funk music improvements within the Sixties.”
The singer continued, sharing the songs Parker participated in for James Brown in 1964 and 1965, which included “Out of Sight,” “Papa’s Got A Brand New Bag,” and “I Got You (I Feel Good).”
“The biggest drummer I ever had in my life was Melvin Parker,” Brown reflected in 2004. “‘I Feel Good’, ‘Papa’s Bag’ (sic) – no one ever did that. Nobody,” he added.
Collins concluded his put up, which learn, “Thx u my brother Melvin for ur Gifts to the World & our time within the studio. R.I.P.”
May his soul relaxation in peace.
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