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Bluesman Bobby Parker never got the props—or money—he deserved for coming up with the guitar lick that would go on to pepper dozens of rock songs in the 1960s and ’70s. It was Parker’s 1961 tune “Watch Your Step” that produced that cracking riff copied by The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, The Allman Brothers, and scads of other musicians much whiter and wealthier than Parker—and almost until the day the guitarist died last Halloween at the age of 76, he was still cranking them out. Parker, who relocated to the D.C. area in the ’60s, spent decades performing regularly at D.C. spots Madam’s Organ and Vegas Lounge. But he still got around, touring Europe, playing blues festivals, and recording new music. Bassist Andrew Padua, who performed with Parker in town, once asked the blues musician what it was like playing with guys like Eric Clapton and Jimmy Page in the ’60s. He says Parker told him, “We were just a bunch of dumb kids playing guitar, drinking, chasing chicks. I didn’t know that anyone was gonna get famous.”