Chubby Parker

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Frederick R. "Chubby" Parker
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(1876–1940) was an American old-time and folk musician and early radio entertainer (banjo - vocals).

Parker was born in Lafayette, Indiana in 1876. His grandparents were from Kentucky, and his father was the deputy treasurer of Tippecanoe County, Indiana. Parker graduated from Purdue University in 1898 with a degree in electrical engineering. He worked for a circus, and then moved to Chicago where he worked as a patent attorney, inventor, and electrician.

In 1925 Parker began appearing frequently on the National Barn Dance program of Chicago radio station WLS.[2] Parker played the banjo and sang old-time and minstrel songs in his high-pitched, clear voice. The far reach of WLS made Parker a household name throughout the Midwest. During a single week in February 1927, he received 2,852 pieces of fan mail, which was believed to be a world record.

As his radio popularity grew, Parker began recording music. Between 1927 and 1931, he produced over 50 records, including many re-recordings. Sears owned WLS and many of Parker's recordings were on Sears record labels: Conqueror Records, Silvertone Records, and Supertone Records. Sears also promoted Parker's records in its mail-order catalogs.

Parker's repertoire included versions of well-known folk songs such as "Oh! Susanna", "Little Brown Jug", and "Darling Nelly Gray" as well as Henry Clay Work compositions. Other successful songs that he played on the radio and recorded included "Nickety, Nackety, Now, Now, Now", "I'm a Stern Old Bachelor", and "Get Away, Old Maids Get Away".
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Singles & EPs

5013 Chubby Parker - Oh, Susanna / Little Brown Jug album art Chubby Parker Oh, Susanna / Little Brown Jug Silvertone 5013 US 1927 Sell This Version
6097 Chubby Parker - Oh Suzzana / I'm A Stern Old Bachelor album art Chubby Parker Oh Suzzana / I'm A Stern Old Bachelor Gennett 6097 US 1927 Sell This Version
25011 Chubby Parker - Nickety Nackety Now Now Now / Whoa Mule Whoa album art Chubby Parker Nickety Nackety Now Now Now / Whoa Mule Whoa Silvertone 25011 US 1927 Sell This Version
6077 Chubby Parker - Bib-A-Lollie-Boo / Nickety Nackety Now Now Now album art Chubby Parker Bib-A-Lollie-Boo / Nickety Nackety Now Now Now(Shellac, 10") Gennett 6077 US 1927 Sell This Version
6120 Chubby Parker - Whoa Mule Whoa / Little Brown Jug album art Chubby Parker Whoa Mule Whoa / Little Brown Jug(Shellac, 10") Gennett 6120 US 1927 Sell This Version
9188 Chubby Parker - I'm A Stern Old Bachelor / Bib-A-Lollie-Boo album art Chubby Parker I'm A Stern Old Bachelor / Bib-A-Lollie-Boo Silvertone 9188 US 1928 Sell This Version
9192 Chubby Parker - Uncle Ned / My Little Old Sod Shanty On The Claim album art Chubby Parker Uncle Ned / My Little Old Sod Shanty On The Claim Silvertone 9192 US 1928 Sell This Version
15296-D Chubby Parker - Down On The Farm / King Kong Kitchie Kitchie Ki-Me-O album art "Chubby" Parker And His Old-Time Banjo* Down On The Farm / King Kong Kitchie Kitchie Ki-Me-O(Shellac, 10") Columbia 15296-D US 1928 Sell This Version
7888 Chubby Parker - I'm A Stern Old Bachelor / Get Away, Old Maids Get Away album art Chubby Parker And His Little Old-Time Banjo* I'm A Stern Old Bachelor / Get Away, Old Maids Get Away Conqueror 7888 US 1931 Sell This Version
7894 Chubby Parker - In Kansas / My Little Old Sod Shanty On The Claim album art Chubby Parker & His Little Old-Time Banjo* In Kansas / My Little Old Sod Shanty On The Claim(Shellac, 10") Conqueror 7894 US 1931 Sell This Version
5102 Chubby Parker - Oh-Dem Golden Slippers / A Rovin' Little Darkey album art Chubby Parker Oh-Dem Golden Slippers / A Rovin' Little Darkey Silvertone 5102 US Unknown Sell This Version
16211 Chubby Parker - King Kong Kitchie Kitchie Ki-Me-O / Get Away Old Maids Get Away album art Chubby Parker King Kong Kitchie Kitchie Ki-Me-O / Get Away Old Maids Get Away(Shellac, 10") Champion (5) 16211 US Unknown Sell This Version
7893 Chubby Parker - Little Brown Jug / Drill, Ye Tarriers, Drill album art Chubby Parker And His Little Old-Time Banjo* Little Brown Jug / Drill, Ye Tarriers, Drill(Shellac, 10") Conqueror 7893 US Unknown Sell This Version
25101 Chubby Parker - Darling Nellie Gray / His Parents Haven't Seen Him Since album art Chubby Parker Darling Nellie Gray / His Parents Haven't Seen Him Since(Shellac, 10") Silvertone 25101 US Unknown Sell This Version
7897 Chubby Parker - A Rovin' Little Darkey / The Year Of Jubilo album art Chubby Parker And His Little Old-Time Banjo* A Rovin' Little Darkey / The Year Of Jubilo(Shellac, 10") Conqueror 7897 US Unknown Sell This Version