“History has been made!” – Bobby Parker

by Chris Murray on April 15, 2011

In honor of Fernando Sandoval’s exhibition Bustin’ Loose Govinda Gallery hosted a jam session featuring several of the musical artists featured in Sandoval’s photographs of Washington area Rhythm & Blues musicians. It was a magical time at the Georgetown gallery. Linwood Taylor, Memphis Gold, and Black Magic started the jam with some extraordinary playing. Black Magic’s soulful harmonica blended so beautifully with the tasty riffs from Taylor and Memphis Gold. Soul singer extraordinaire Selena McDay joined the jam and shook the rafters. Both invited guests and people walking by packed the gallery for the last day of Sandoval’s exhibition. Then, to top it all off, the one and only Bobby Parker walked in the door with his guitar, plugged it in and let loose on a set of incredible R & B tunes. It is the legendary Bobby Parker who The Beatles credit with the riff for their number one song I Feel Fine, inspired by Parker’s 1961 hit Watch Your Step. In the documentary film John Lennon’s Jukebox from 2004, John Lennon says “The lick you’ll recognize (Watch Your Step) because I’ve used it, and all The Beatles have used it in various forms”. It was a great gathering of these extraordinary musicians and was in fact the first time that they had all jammed together. As Bobby Parker declared as the the session ended, “History has been made!”

Linwood Taylor, Black Magic (Horace Turner), gallery director Chris Murray, Bobby Parker, and Memphis Gold (Chester Chandler) at Govinda Gallery. Copyright © Fernando Sandoval. All Rights Reserved.

Memphis Gold (Chester Chandler), Selena McDay, Bobby Parker, and Black Magic (Horace Turner) jamming at Govinda Gallery. Copyright © Fernando Sandoval. All Rights Reserved.

Bobby Parker’s guitar. Copyright © Fernando Sandoval. All Rights Reserved.

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2 responses to ““History has been made!” – Bobby Parker”

  1. Johnnylong says:

    Bobby Parker is a great guitar player,he stands out above the rest because of his outstanding sound,excellent vocals,great improvisational licks,excellent lyrical content,and style,—very often in our sad music industy,which sometimes is a big joke—the real musicians are not given the proper respect,or opportunities as others,who by far cannot even play,let alone be labeled as a guitar player in the same class as a Bobby Parker.I played with Bobby Parker,on many shows ,and know how great he is,i don’t need some cat at some label or company to tell me,just because he’s wearing a suit ,or working for some of the labels,that are a big joke.—-Have a nice day—–start buying,and supporting real players.—http://www.johnnylong.com

  2. duke of earl says:

    congraulations!my two favorite music videos so far :gary lewis and the playboys and bobby vee!innocence unadultered completely and you just had to get up and dance!archive videos i have exumed from digging assidiously in the subcultural topsoil of the last 46 years!whew!

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