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57 years of R&B and counting for Cooksville native Winfield Parker

57 years of R&B and counting for Cooksville native Winfield Parker

Thank goodness singers get all the attention. Were it otherwise, Winfield Parker, a man who has worked with and toured alongside such greats as Little Richard, Otis Redding, Ike and Tina Turner and Barbara Mason, might have spent the past 57 years playing saxophone or guitar behind someone else's vocals, depriving popular music of one if its finest voices.

The time was the late '50s, and a teenage Parker and his cousins, students at Harriet Tubman High School in Clarksville in Howard County, had started their own band, the Veejays. Parker had been introduced to music through the gift of a guitar, and had started playing the saxophone. But that wasn't where the attention, or the...

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