Robert Parker (singer) is confirmed dead at the age of 89.
Robert was best known as a American R&B singer ("Barefootin'").
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#RIP to 1960's R&B singer Robert Parker;
Singer-songwriter Robert Parker of the 1960s hit "Barefootin'," dies at 89
RT @wwoz_neworleans: Singer and saxophonist Robert Parker has died at the age of 89
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RT @sterlewine: Robert Parker, the New Orleans R&B singer who had a classic hit in 1966 with the great “Barefootin’,” died this wee…
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May he rest in peace, #Respect Singer-Songwriter #RobertParker of 'Barefootin' Fame Has Died
RT @wwoz_neworleans: Singer and saxophonist Robert Parker has died at the age of 89
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RT @wwoz_neworleans: Singer and saxophonist Robert Parker has died at the age of 89
Robert Parker, Singer of 1966 Hit “Barefootin’,” Dies at 89 | Best Classic Bands
RT @sterlewine: Robert Parker, the New Orleans R&B singer who had a classic hit in 1966 with the great “Barefootin’,” died this wee…
Barefootin’ singer Robert Parker passes away
Robert Parker, Singer of 1966 Hit “Barefootin’,” Dies at 89 | Best Classic Bands
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Singer-Songwriter Robert Parker of 'Barefootin' Fame Has Died
Barefootin’ singer Robert Parker passes away
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Robert Parker, Singer of 1966 Hit “Barefootin’,” Dies at 89 - Best Classic Bands
Robert Parker
Born(1930-10-14)October 14, 1930
New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
DiedJanuary 19, 2020(2020-01-19) (aged 89)
Roseland, Louisiana, U. S.
GenresR&B
Occupation(s)Singer, songwriter
InstrumentsVocals, saxophone
Years active1949–2009
LabelsRon, Imperial, Nola, Island[1]
Associated actsProfessor Longhair
Robert Parker (October 14, 1930 – January 19, 2020) was an American R&B singer and musician, best known for his 1966 hit, "Barefootin'".
Life and career
Parker was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, United States, and started his career as a saxophonist, playing with Professor Longhair on his hit "Mardi Gras In New Orleans" in 1949. Over the next decade, he played with most of New Orleans' musicians, including Fats Domino, Irma Thomas, and Huey "Piano" Smith.
By 1958, he had started recording solo, having a local hit with the instrumental "All Nite Long". In 1965 he signed for Nola Records, and had his biggest hit with "Barefootin’", which he had written. It sold over one million copies, made the pop charts in Britain and elsewhere, and was awarded a gold disc by the RIAA. In 1967, he had another minor R&B hit with "Tip Toe" (no.48, R&B chart). Although he continued to record, he failed to repeat his success in terms of sales, and his recording career effectively ended in the 1970s. However, he continued to perform and tour for many more years, remaining especially popular in the UK.
In April 2007, in recognition of his contributions to Louisiana and national music, Parker was inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame. On July 19, 2009, he performed "Barefootin'" and "Where the Action Is" in a 'Tribute to Wardell Quezergue,' a concert at Alice Tully Hall at the Lincoln Center in New York.
Parker died on January 19, 2020, at his home in Roseland, Louisiana, at the age of 89 of natural causes.
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