Sunday, November 10, 2013

R.I.P.: Bobby Parker

Bobby Parker, a soul-blues singer and guitarist whose recordings from the late 1950s and 1960s — notably the propulsive groove of “Watch Your Step” — influenced performers as varied as John Lennon, Carlos Santana and the band Led Zeppelin, died October 31, 2013. He was 76.

Jefferson Airplane, Santana and the Spencer Davis Group (with singer Steve Winwood) all covered the song. Its guitar motif was reprised in Led Zeppelin’s “Moby Dick” and the 1962 instrumental “The Black Widow” by fellow Washington guitarist Link Wray.

The influence of “Watch Your Step” extended to John Lennon of The Beatles, who acknowledged in a 1974 radio interview that “Day Tripper” and “I Feel Fine” were attempts to write songs built on variations of the “Watch Your Step” riff. MORE HERE & HERE

Bobby Parker : Shine Me Up

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