Blues Trial marker for Little Junior Parker

Published 2:00 pm Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Little Junior Parker, a blues singer in the 1950s and 60s, will be honored with a marker on the Mississippi Blues Trail.

The marker was to be unveiled Tuesday at the intersection of New Africa Road and West Bobo Road in the Bobo community of Coahoma County, southwest of Clarksdale.

Parker was born on a plantation near Bobo in 1932. As a youngster, Parker moved with his mother to West Memphis, and he recorded his first hit, “Feelin’ Good,” for Sun Records in Memphis in 1953.

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His other hits were “Driving Wheel,” “Next Time You See Me,” “In the Dark,” and “Sweet Home Chicago.”

Parker died in Blue Island, Ill., in 1972.