Within the general popular culture, Little Junior Parker is one of the least recognized architects of rock n’ roll music. He is not forgotten by critics and historians of the sound. Here’s five of his best.
5. “Pretty Baby“: Songs like this give you a sense of his importance to the sound of rock n’ roll and R&B music. The sounds reminds me of Little Richard and Elvis in one.
4. “You’re My Angel“: His first hit, for the Modern Records label. No YouTube link for this little gem; clicking on the title takes you to Spotify.
3. “Mystery Train“: This song became a hit for another Mississippi-born artist who also recorded for Sun Records.
2. “Feelin’ Good“: If you’ve heard any number of R&B and rock tunes in the 60s, 70s, and 80s, aspects of this classic will sound familiar. Parker actually recorded the tune as “Feel So Bad” as well, so it’s a familiar sound of his. I wonder how it sounded on first listen?
1. “Next Time You See Me“: What a glorious performance on a glorious blues number. Parker died the year before I was born and, yet, with this song he has always been a part of my musical life.