Song of the Day: Robert Parker, “Barefootin'”

Saxophonist and vocalist Robert Parker was born on this day in 1930. He backed a number of New Orleans based musicians such as Fats Domino and Professor Longhair and others such as Lloyd Price and Jerry Butler. His 1966 recording of “Barefootin'” reached #7 on the Hot 100 and #2 on the R&B chart. This is from a 1966 episode of The!!! Beat.

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    1. That was a Nashville disc jockey named Bill “Hoss” Allen, and the band was led by Gatemouth Brown, who was a blues player. My guess is that they had all had a shot before the show. There was another show like The !!!! Beat that I remember watching on Saturday nights when I was in high school that was very similar. It might have been called The Beat without the bangs (!!!!). Still very R&B oriented, and I think the host was a Black guy….


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