He settled in Washington. Perhaps the rest of the world forgot about him. He held his own among Washington's own blues talent until the very end. Bobby Parker passed away on Friday, November 1, 2013 he was 76 years old. If his name is not familiar to you than perhaps you missed a chance to see one of the region's best blues guitarist. Fortunately for rock and roll his riffs inspired groups like The Beatles and Led Zeppelin.
Jimmy Page was so impressed at one point he tried to sign Bobby Parker to Led Zeppelin's Swan Song record label. Parker is best known for his song "Watch Your Step" which has been covered by Santana, The Spencer Davis Group, and Peter Green to name just a few. Parker toured with likes of Chuck Berry, Buddy Holly, and Sam Cooke in the prime of their careers. Parker played with greats like Bo Diddley and Otis Williams when the blues guitarist was starting his career. The great Carlos Santana is quoted as saying "he's one of the few remaining guitarists who can pierce your heart and soothe your soul. He inspired me to learn and play guitar." The world lost a talented musician who has influenced others across the globe.
Yes the Washington area lost one of it's best local artists. Someone else will fill Bobby Parker's regular gigs at Madam's Organ in the trendy Adam's Morgan neighborhood in Washington. However, they will always miss a step and will be had pressed to match the talent and energy Bobby Parker brought to each show. He will be missed by the District of Columbia, his family, musicians and fans.