Little Junior Parker

Little Junior Parker

As a child, Junior Parker sang in local Gospel choirs around Clarksdale, Mississippi. In his early twenties he learned how to play the harmonica from Sonny Boy Williamson II (Rice Miller). Williamson eventually let Parker lead his local band when he went on the road.

By 1949 Parker was also playing with Howlin’ Wolf and soon after with B.B. King. He began recording for the Sun label around 1953 and one of his songs, "Mystery Train", became a big hit for Elvis Presley.

Though never as big as he was in the 1950’s, Parker continued to perform and record until his death from a brain tumor in 1971.

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