Junior Parker was born in Clarksdale, Mississippi as Herman Parker, Jr. He played on the various blues circuits beginning in his teenage years, playing with artists like Sonny Boy Williamson (his mentor) and Howlin' Wolf. Parker like discovered by Ike Turner in 1952, who signed him to Modern Records. He put out one single on this record label, "You're My Angel."
He and his band, The Blue Flames, signed onto Sun Records in 1953, and produced three successful songs: "Feelin' Good", "Love My Baby," and "Mystery Train" ("Mystery Train" was later covered by Elvis Presley).
Parker has periodic success over the next decade: Remakes of Roosevelt Sykes's songs, "Driving Wheel" and "Sweet Home Chicago"; Don Robey's "Mother-in-Law Blues"; and his own "Stand by Me." His success was limited after he left the employment of his label in the late 1960s. He died of a brain tumor in 1971.
- Dahl, Bill. allmusic (((Junior Parker > Biography))). Accessed on April 11, 2005.