Bobby Parker, the massively talented but under-recognized blues-rock guitarist known for his landmark 1961 cut “Watch Your Step,” died last Thursday at Bowie Health Center in Bowie, Md. He was 76.
Besides Parker’s claim to fame as the inspiration behind surely dozens of rock songs in the 1960s and beyond—-including The Beatles‘ “I Feel Fine” and “Daytripper” and Led Zeppelin‘s “Moby Dick“—-local blues fans know Parker as a regular performer at Madam’s Organ and a fixture on the D.C. blues scene. He was a favorite of Carlos Santana, who performed with Parker numerous times and covered “Watch Your Step” on his 1983 album, Havana Moon.
Friends and family of Parker are organizing a “homegoing” service for the musician to be held Nov. 16 at New Smyrna Missionary Baptist Church. A viewing is scheduled to take place from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. followed by an 11 a.m. service.
An obituary is forthcoming; watch this post for updates.