Monday, March 10, 2008

Get on Down With Junior Parker!

Junior Parker - Lover to Friend

Junior Parker's funky soul/blues of the '60s and early '70s have been featured on this blog many times, and for good reason: Parker's light tenor proved itself to be very flexible on his Duke, Blue Rock, Capitol and Groove Merchant sides, which ran the gamut from swinging down-home blues like "Man or Mouse" to straight-up funk like his version of "River's Invitation" and today's selection. "Lover to Friend" was a Blue Rock single, and the funky groove and good backup singers allow Parker to shine, both vocally and, in what was increasingly a rare sight on Parker's 45s, in a harmonica solo.

(EDITOR'S NOTE: I have finally figured out why the track tags were getting messed up on Hipcast, so going forward a download of any selection will include the correct artist/title IDs. Thanks to all of you for being patient while I figured it out!)

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