Robert Parker: Barefootin'

TDR-Dance Hits: BAREFOOTIN' by Robert Parker. Like so many of the great acts in the early days, Robert Parker was born and raised and worked in New Orleans. Parker began as a Saxophonist, playing with the Top Crescent City stars like, Professor Longhair, Fats Domino and Irma Thomas, but in 1958 he went solo and in 1965 after signing with NOLA Records scored a Big Hit with "Barefootin' " that went #2 on the R&B Chart and #7 Pop, selling over a million copies and earning Mr. Parker his one and only Gold Record Award.

To be clear, I included him in the "Dance" category, although dancing barefoot never became that popular, but was done at Beach Parties as portrayed in those Frankie and Annette films. In this beautifully restored color video from 1965 you'll note that the Go Go Dancer is in fact, barefootin'. Robert Parker was another of those "One Hit Artists" and never had another high-charting record ending his recording career in 1970, but he continued to tour for many more years singing His Hit, and was especially popular in The UK.

It's been so interesting to me to learn how many Blues, Soul and R&B artists were popular in England long after they had faded away in the U.S., and their influence on the burgeoning Rock and Roll musicians in the UK at the time that were preparing to invade the U.S. music scene with their own versions of the genre. The video is from New Orleans TV's, Beat Show.@therealdonrocks

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