Little Junior Parker

Real Name:
Herman Parker, Jr.
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Little Junior Parker or Junior Parker (born March 3, 1927, West Memphis, Arkansas, USA or May 27, 1932, Clarksdale or Bobo (Coahoma County), Mississippi, USA - died November 18, 1971, Blue Island, Illinois, USA) was an American Memphis blues singer, harmonica player and songwriter.

He first came to blues as a harmonica player, and backed Howlin' Wolf when he came to West Memphis in 1948. By 1950, Parker, now known as "Little Junior" due to the closeness with Wolf, had formed a band with pianist Bill Johnson (13). Known as Little Junior's Blue Flames, the band included Matt Murphy and L.C. Dranes and they were recorded by Ike Turner for Modern Records (2) early in 1952. By this time Parker was almost primarily a vocalist. The following year Pat Hare and John Bowers replaced Murphy and Dranes on guitar and drums respectively, and the band began to record for Sam Phillips (2)' new Sun Record Company label. Their first record, "Feelin' Good" was a hit, so much so that Parker was soon signed by Duke/Peacock Records in Houston in 1954. Bill Johnson took over the Blue Flames and together they made several hits such as "Mother In Law Blues" and Barefoot Rock". Parker later recorded in a soul style but occasionally reverted to playing the blues with a harp.
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Albums

DLP 76, DLP-76 Little Junior Parker - Driving Wheel album art Little Junior Parker Driving Wheel (Album) Duke, Duke DLP 76, DLP-76 US 1962 Sell This Version
SR 61101 Little Junior Parker - Like It Is album art Junior Parker* Like It Is (Album) Mercury, Mercury SR 61101 US 1967 Sell This Version
24024 Little Junior Parker - Blues Man album art Little Jr. Parker* Blues Man (Album) Minit 24024 US 1969 Sell This Version
SRB-64004 Little Junior Parker - Honey-Drippin' Blues album art Junior Parker* Honey-Drippin' Blues (Album) Blue Rock SRB-64004 US 1969 Sell This Version
ST-569 Little Junior Parker - The Dudes Doin' Business album art Jimmy McGriff & Junior Parker* Jimmy McGriff & Junior Parker* - The Dudes Doin' Business (Album) Capitol Records ST-569 US 1970 Sell This Version
ST-564 Little Junior Parker - The Outside Man album art Junior Parker* The Outside Man (Album) Capitol Records ST-564 US 1970 Sell This Version
MGM-502 Little Junior Parker - You Don't Have To Be Black To Love The Blues album art Junior Parker* You Don't Have To Be Black To Love The Blues (Album) Groove Merchant MGM-502 Australia 1971 Sell This Version
UAS-6823 Little Junior Parker - I Tell Stories Sad And True I Sing The Blues And Play Harmonica Too It Is Very Funky album art Junior Parker* I Tell Stories Sad And True I Sing The Blues And Play Harmonica Too It Is Very Funky (Album) United Artists Records UAS-6823 US 1972 Sell This Version
UAS-5597 Little Junior Parker - Jimmy McGriff, Junior Parker album art Jimmy McGriff, Junior Parker* Jimmy McGriff, Junior Parker* - Jimmy McGriff, Junior Parker (Album) United Artists Records UAS-5597 US 1972 Sell This Version
BLS-6066 Little Junior Parker - Sometimes Tomorrow My Broken Heart Will Die album art Junior Parker* Sometimes Tomorrow My Broken Heart Will Die Bluesway BLS-6066 US 1973 Sell This Version
15 779 Little Junior Parker - Blues In The Night album art Junior Parker*, Jimmy McGriff, Dakota Staton, Groove Holmes* Junior Parker*, Jimmy McGriff, Dakota Staton, Groove Holmes* - Blues In The Night (Comp, Album) LaserLight Digital 15 779 Germany 1992 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

127 Little Junior Parker - Please Baby Blues / Sittin', Drinkin' And Thinkin' album art Little Junior Parker, Bill Johnson Blue Flames* Little Junior Parker, Bill Johnson Blue Flames* - Please Baby Blues / Sittin', Drinkin' And Thinkin'(7", Single, Mono) Duke 127 US 1954 Sell This Version
120 Little Junior Parker - Dirty Friend Blues album art "Little Junior" Parker*, Bill Johnson's Blue Flames* "Little Junior" Parker*, Bill Johnson's Blue Flames* - Dirty Friend Blues(7", Single, Mono) Duke 120 US 1954 Sell This Version
137 Little Junior Parker - I Wanna Ramble / Backtracking album art Little Junior Parker I Wanna Ramble / Backtracking Duke 137 US 1955 Sell This Version
157 Little Junior Parker - Mother-In-Law Blues / That's My Baby album art Junior Parker* And Bill Harvey's Band Junior Parker* And Bill Harvey's Band - Mother-In-Law Blues / That's My Baby Duke 157 US 1956 Sell This Version
164 Little Junior Parker - Next Time You See Me / My Dolly Bee album art Little Junior Parker Next Time You See Me / My Dolly Bee (Single) Duke 164 US 1956 Sell This Version
3010X Little Junior Parker - Pretty Little Doll / Peaches album art Little Junior Parker With The Al Smith Orchestra Little Junior Parker With The Al Smith Orchestra - Pretty Little Doll / Peaches (Single) Duke 3010X Canada 1957 Sell This Version
301 Little Junior Parker - Sweet Home Chicago / Sometimes album art Little Junior Parker Sweet Home Chicago / Sometimes(7", Single, Promo) Duke 301 US 1958 Sell This Version
309 Little Junior Parker - Stranded / Blue Letter album art Little Junior Parker Stranded / Blue Letter (Single) Duke 309 US 1959 Sell This Version
317 Little Junior Parker - The Next Time / You're On My Mind album art Little Junior Parker The Next Time / You're On My Mind (Single) Duke 317 US 1960 Sell This Version
315 Little Junior Parker - Dangerous Woman / Belinda Marie album art Little Junior Parker Dangerous Woman / Belinda Marie Duke 315 US 1959 Sell This Version
326 Little Junior Parker - That's Just Alright / I'll Learn To Love Again album art Little Junior Parker That's Just Alright / I'll Learn To Love Again(7", Single) Duke 326 US 1960 Sell This Version
306 Little Junior Parker, And His Band Little Junior Parker, And His Band - Five Long Years / I'm Holding On(7", Single, Promo) Duke 306 US 1961 Sell This Version
341 Little Junior Parker - In The Dark / How Long Can This Go On album art Little Junior Parker In The Dark / How Long Can This Go On (Single) Duke 341 US 1961 Sell This Version
330 Little Junior Parker - Stand By Me / I'll Forget About You album art Little Junior Parker Stand By Me / I'll Forget About You (Single) Duke 330 US 1960 Sell This Version