Melvin Parker

Drummer, Musical Artist

1944 –

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Who is Melvin Parker?

Melvin Parker is a drummer. He and his brother, saxophonist Maceo Parker were important members of James Brown's band. Parker's drumming style was a major ingredient in James Brown's funk music innovations in the late 1960s. In 1964 and 1965 Parker was the drummer on three of Brown's recordings: "Out of Sight," "Papa's Got A Brand New Bag," and "I Got You."

Parker's first association with Brown ended when he was drafted in the mid-1960s. He was replaced in the band by Clyde Stubblefield and Jabo Starks. Parker rejoined the band in 1969, and appeared on the album Sex Machine. In 1970 Parker was part of the famous mutiny by the James Brown band. After leaving Brown, Parker went on to join his brother Maceo's band, Maceo & All the King's Men. He rejoined James Brown briefly in 1976, and played on Brown's hit single "Get Up Offa That Thing".

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Born
Jun 7, 1944
Kinston
Also known as
  • Parker, Melvin
Siblings
Ethnicity
  • African American
Nationality
  • United States of America
Profession

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on July 23, 2013

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