b. 25 January 1936, Cuero, Texas, USA. In the 50s singer and guitarist Parker worked with the Southernaires, a Texas dance band that he joined in 1953. The group enjoyed local success that peaked with a 1956 hit, ‘Find A New Woman’. Also in the band were Homer Bade, Henry Bennettenson, Benny Lange, Jim Fogle, Jack Hill, Curley Williams and Ken Williams. Soon after that, in 1957, Parker was married and music took a back seat although in 1964 he formed the Mustangs, with Ken Williams, maintaining the band on a part-time basis until 1973. He then retired from music to concentrate on his work in the oil industry and family life.
In the late 90s, that early hit, ‘Find A New Woman’, co-composed by Parker and Hill, was reissued on compilations in the UK, Germany, the Netherlands and also in the USA. This generated interest among his family and they encouraged Parker to return to public performances.