"I Feel Good" drummer dies, Melvin Parker from James Brown Band

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From Bootsy Collins Facebook page 10 hours ago:


We lost one of the greatest drummers that flew under the radar, Mr. Melvin Parker (born June 7, 1944, Kinston, North Carolina) was a drummer. He and his brother, saxophonist Maceo Parker, were key members of James Brown's band. Parker's drumming style was a major ingredient in Brown's funk music innovations in the 1960s.

In 1964 and 1965 Parker was the drummer on three of Brown's recordings: "Out of Sight," "Papa's Got A Brand New Bag," and "I Got You (I Feel Good). "The greatest drummer I ever had in my life was Melvin Parker," Brown reflected in 2004. "'I Feel Good', 'Papa's Bag' (sic) – nobody ever did that. Nobody. And they can't do it now. And if I was getting ready to cut a record that was right, I would go get Melvin today, because he's just like a metronome."
Parker's first association with Brown ended when he was drafted in the mid-1960s. He was replaced in the band by Clyde Stubblefield and Jabo Starks. Parker rejoined Brown's band in 1969, and appeared on the album Sex Machine. In 1970, Parker was part of a mutiny by Brown's band. After leaving Brown, Parker joined his brother Maceo's band, Maceo & All the King's Men. He rejoined Brown briefly in 1976, and played on the hit "Get Up Offa That Thing"

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Clyde is The Godfather but the flame always burned a little hotter with Melvin to me - RIP king.
 

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What an absolute unsung drumming hero. Is there a single drummer today that wasn't influenced, directly or indirectly, by Melvin Parker?
 

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"Parker and his brother Melvin joined James Brown in 1964;[1] in his autobiography, Brown claims that he originally wanted Melvin as his drummer, but agreed to additionally take Maceo under his wing as part of the deal.[4] In March 1970, Parker, his brother Melvin, and a few of Brown's band members left to establish the band Maceo & All the King's Men,[1] which toured for two years.[5 "

from that early era: Paris 1968
 

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Melvin Parker was an innovator. Nobody before him played in that style. Clyde is thought of today as a funk pioneer, but he was largely building upon what Melvin had already started. Melvin was THE original funk drummer.
 


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