He was a successful musician and songwriter. His older sister, Aileen Parker, posted this message on Facebook -
"Very sadly Michael, our little brother passed away on Thursday afternoon. Peacefully in his sleep. He was the most sweet and gentle soul I knew and a massively talented musician. I feel blessed to have been part of his life. To find out more of his great talent please visit the website of his closest and longterm musical partner, Barb Jungr. Love you Michael." xx http://www.barbjungr.co.uk/index.html
I don't know a lot about Michael Parker but have done a little bit of research for this post.
Michael was born in Cleobury Mortimer in 1958, educated at Bridgenorth Endowed School and Adams' Grammar school in Bridgenorth and lived latterly in Edinburgh.
Michael Parker played in number of bands on guitar,harmonica and even horn and was often the songwriter or co-songwriter. These include Loose Lips, The Three Courgettes, Hell Bent, Heaven Bound and as a duo with Barb Jungr.
Jungr and Parker 'Right Out Of The Blue'
Aileen tells above that Michael was a massively talented musician and songwriter and in the 70's and
80's was in a band called Loose Lips, with Helen Watson.
Helen Watson is an English singer-songwriter who has played or toured with a range of stars including - Albert Lee, Little Feat, the Eagles' Bernie Leadon, Andy Fairweather Low - toured with the legendary Joe Cocker, sung with Emmylou Harris and Linda Ronstadt and worked with some of England's finest, including Christine Collister, Chris While and Julie Matthews. Her music encompasses blues, soul, jazz, pop and folk. Born in Manchester, she began performing on the folk-club circuit during the late 1960s whilst working as a teacher in Manchester. During the 1970s and 1980s she was a singer with the renowned blues band Loose Lips and a member of the Manchester quartet Well Knit Frames.
The Three Courgettes
The Three Courgettes "recorded on the Island label in 1982 and consisted of Jungr, guitarist Michael Parker and singer Jerry Kreeger. The group, whose choice of name probably ensured its stature as a footnote in British musical history, was popular on the so-called alternative cabaret circuit, where Jungr also toured with her friend and regular collaborator, the comedian Julian Clary. When the Courgettes went their separate ways, she worked for another 12 years with Parker, now based in Edinburgh." http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/books/features/barb-jungr-im-an-obsessive-kind-of-person-8567679.html
The Three Courgettes - Substitute 1982
The Three Courgettes - Christmas is Coming.
The single is available here -
HELL BENT HEAVEN BOUND
In the early 1990’s Helen was a member of the acclaimed vocal ensemble HELL BENT HEAVEN BOUND with Christine Collister, Barb Jungr and Michael Parker. They toured Europe, America and Canada.
On this page here there is a review of the Helen Watson band by Martin Smith who says of Michael Parker -
But his lead singing was fabulous. He has a fair vocal range himself, seems to be able to produce a variety of voices, and is seriously at home with the blues. You won't see a better example of a guy who should have been born black! He sang a fine version of George Jones' "She thinks I still care" sounding very much like the ol' drinker himself. And blues-wise he did Howling Wolf's "How many more years?", Jimmy Reed's "I'll change my style", and a encore version of "Walkin' the dawn" which was great. Sometimes Helen just sang second vocal, or sometimes played harmonica on his tunes. They also sang a very sleazy version of a (presumably) old blues tune from the Hell Bent revue days (Gee baby ain't I good to you)."
Barb Jungr and Michael Parker
Shopping For One
If Push Comes to Shove
You can hear more tracks if you click back to youtube.
Wicked (Barb Jungr and Michael Parker album)
"Bad Things Come in Threes" (Barb Jungr, Michael Parker)
"Don't Sacrifice Me" (Jungr, Parker)
"No News is Good News" (Parker)
"That Black Cat" (Jungr, Parker)
"In Soho Late at Night" (Jungr, Parker)
"Too Much for Me" (Jungr, Parker)
"Just the Wisky Talking" (Jungr, Parker)
"Perfect Pair" (Jungr, Parker)
"The Begging Game" (Jungr, Parker)
"Over a Low Flame" (Jungr, Parker)
"You Can't Win Them All" (Jungr, Parker)
"An Empty Bottle" (Jungr, Parker)
Barb Jungr - vocals, harmonica
Michael Parker - guitar, harmonica
Paul Zetter - bass guitar
Lin Jammet - art
Honey Salvadori - photography
Lin Jammet - art
Honey Salvadori - photography
|Recorded||RMS Studios, Croydon, England|
|Length||No Track Times Given|
|Producer||Barb Jungr, Andy Levien, Michael Parker|
|Barb Jungr & Michael Parker chronology|
Barb Jungr with Michael Parker and legendary comedian Arnold Brown, with whom she won The Perrier Award in the 1980s.
Here is another tribute to Michael Parker by James Ghent from 'We are Cult' posted on Barb Jungr’s that tells you more about his musical background than I have related above. Take a look, it's interesting http://wearecult.rocks/michael-parker-1958-2017