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Maceo Parker

Maceo Parker (born February 14, 1943) is a gifted saxophone player, best known for his contributions to James Brown's distinct sound. He was born in Kinston, North Carolina in a musically-rich environment. His mother and father sang in a church and both his brothers are accomplished musicians (drums and trombones).

He and his brother, Melvin Parker, joined James Brown in 1964; Brown, in his book, says that he originally wanted Melvin as his drummer but agreed to take Maceo under his wing as part of the deal. Maceo, Melvin and a few of Brown's band members left to found Maceo & All the Kings Men which toured for two years. In 1973 Maceo returned to James Brown's band. In 1975 Maceo and some of Brown's band members left to join George Clinton's Parliament.

Maceo once again joined James Brown from 1984 to 1988. In the 1990s he finally embraced a successful solo career. He has released seven solo records and plays 250 tour dates per year.

Maceo Parker Discography
Year Album Label
2003 Made By Maceo esc Records / What are Records
2000 dial: MACEO esc Records / What are Records
1998 Funk Overload esc Records / What are Records
1994 Maceo (Soundtrack) Minor Music (Europe Only)
1993 Southern Exposure Jive Novus / Minor Music
1992 Life on Planet Groove Verve / Minor Music
1991 Mo' Roots Verve / Minor Music
1990 Roots Revisited Verve / Minor Music
1989 For All the King's Men 4th & Broadway
1975 Funky Music Machine House of Fox / El Cello
1974 Us People PVine (Japanese Import only at this time)
1970 Doing Their Own Thing House of the Fox / Charly