Knocky Parker

Knocky Parker (August 8, 1918, Palmer, Texas – September 3, 1986, Los Angeles, California), born John William Parker, II, was an American jazz pianist. He played primarily ragtime and Dixieland jazz.

A native of Texas, Parker played in the Western swing bands The Wanderers (1935) and the Light Crust Doughboys (1937–39) before serving in the military during World War II.

After the war he worked with Zutty Singleton and Albert Nicholas. He became an English professor at Kentucky Wesleyan College and the University of South Florida. On the side, he played piano with Tony Parenti, Omer Simeon and Doc Evans. He recorded albums for Euphonic, GHB, Jazzology, London, Progressive, Paradox, Audiophile and Texstar. At Audiophile, he was one of the first to record all known ragtime pieces by Scott Joplin, excluding "The Silver Swan", which wasn't discovered yet.

In 1984, he was nominated for a Grammy Award with Big Joe Turner for Big Joe Turner with Knocky Parker and His Houserockers.

Birth and Death Data: Born August 8th, 1918, Died September 3rd, 1986 (Los Angeles)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1938 - 1941

Roles Represented in DAHR: piano, accordion

Recordings (Results 1-25 of 46 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BS-022304 10-in. 4/9/1938 Like you Bill Boyd ; Cowboy Ramblers Instrumental ensemble, with female vocal solo instrumentalist, piano, accordion  
Victor BS-022305 10-in. 4/9/1938 Annie Laurie Bill Boyd ; Cowboy Ramblers Instrumental ensemble, with female vocal solo instrumentalist, piano, accordion  
Victor BS-022306 10-in. 4/9/1938 I'm jealous of the twinkle in your eye Bill Boyd ; Cowboy Ramblers ; Curly Perrin Instrumental ensemble, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, piano, accordion  
Victor BS-022307 10-in. 4/9/1938 Someone in heaven is thinking of you Bill Boyd ; Cowboy Ramblers Instrumental ensemble, with male vocal duet instrumentalist, piano, accordion  
Victor BS-022308 10-in. 4/9/1938 Song of the waterfall Bill Boyd ; Cowboy Ramblers Instrumental ensemble, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, piano, accordion  
Victor BS-022309 10-in. 4/9/1938 Don't drop a slug in the slot Bill Boyd ; Cowboy Ramblers Instrumental ensemble, with male vocal duet instrumentalist, piano, accordion  
Victor BS-022310 10-in. 4/9/1938 When my dreams come true Bill Boyd ; Cowboy Ramblers Instrumental ensemble, with male vocal duet instrumentalist, piano, accordion  
Victor BS-022311 10-in. 4/9/1938 Riding on the old ferris wheel Bill Boyd ; Cowboy Ramblers Instrumental ensemble, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, piano, accordion  
Victor BS-022312 10-in. 4/9/1938 I'm in love with you, honey Bill Boyd ; Cowboy Ramblers Instrumental ensemble, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, piano, accordion  
Victor BS-022313 10-in. 4/9/1938 You're just about right Bill Boyd ; Cowboy Ramblers Instrumental ensemble, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, piano, accordion  
Victor BS-022314 10-in. 4/9/1938 Broadway mama Bill Boyd ; Cowboy Ramblers Instrumental ensemble, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, piano, accordion  
Victor BS-022315 10-in. 4/9/1938 Blues when it rains Bill Boyd ; Cowboy Ramblers Instrumental ensemble, with male vocal duet instrumentalist, piano, accordion  
Victor BS-022316 10-in. 4/9/1938 Tableau clog dance Bill Boyd ; Cowboy Ramblers Instrumental ensemble instrumentalist, piano, accordion  
Victor BS-022317 10-in. 4/9/1938 Pedestal clog dance Bill Boyd ; Cowboy Ramblers Instrumental ensemble instrumentalist, piano, accordion  
Victor BS-022318 10-in. 4/9/1938 Boyd's tin roof blues Bill Boyd ; Cowboy Ramblers Instrumental ensemble instrumentalist, piano, accordion  
Victor BS-022319 10-in. 4/9/1938 Home in Indiana Bill Boyd ; Cowboy Ramblers Instrumental ensemble, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, piano, accordion  
Victor BS-022320 10-in. 4/9/1938 I've got those Oklahoma blues Bill Boyd ; Cowboy Ramblers Instrumental ensemble, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, piano, accordion  
Victor BS-022321 10-in. 4/9/1938 Jig Bill Boyd ; Cowboy Ramblers Instrumental ensemble instrumentalist, piano, accordion  
Victor BS-028801 10-in. 10/30/1938 My baby loves me, I know Bill Boyd ; Cowboy Ramblers String band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BS-028802 10-in. 10/30/1938 New Spanish two-step Bill Boyd ; Cowboy Ramblers String band instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BS-028803 10-in. 10/30/1938 Spanish fandango Bill Boyd ; Cowboy Ramblers String band instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BS-028804 10-in. 10/30/1938 I love my baby Bill Boyd ; Cowboy Ramblers String band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BS-028805 10-in. 10/30/1938 Singing and swinging for me Bill Boyd ; Cowboy Ramblers String band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BS-028806 10-in. 10/30/1938 Tom-cat rag Bill Boyd ; Cowboy Ramblers String band, with male vocal solo and vocal ensemble instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BS-028807 10-in. 10/30/1938 Here comes Pappy Bill Boyd ; Cowboy Ramblers String band, with male vocal solo and vocal ensemble instrumentalist, piano  
(Results 1-25 of 46 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Parker, Knocky," accessed July 28, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103195.

Parker, Knocky. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved July 28, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103195.

"Parker, Knocky." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 28 July 2021.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103195

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