Ken Parker Announces Two California Dates
The amazing Ken Parker will make his debut appearance on the westcoast at the end of March. Ken has been largely overlooked as an artist except for the amazing ‘Groovin’ In Style!‘ collection put out by Trojan Records. That in no means that true Jamaican music nerds are unfamiliar with him.
After forming the Blues Benders in the mid 60’s he ended up auditioning for Coxsone Dodd as a soloist after his bandmates didn’t show up for the meeting. He proceeded recording singles for Dodd and Reid then going on to record for most of the major producers of the time including Bunny Lee, Rupie Edwards, Byron Lee, Joe Gibbs and Lloyd Charmers. By around ’72 though he became disillusioned with the music business and left. Hits included “My Whole World is Falling Down”, “Jimmy Brown”, “Help Me Make it Through the Night”, “Queen Majesty” and “Only Yesterday”
As a good read take some time to check out this in-depth interview by Peter I. from some years ago. It’s packed full of great information on Ken including topics such as his strict upbringing, the lack of substance in the music coming out at the time, his time with Coxsone at the Brentford Road studios and more.