Willis "Sonny" Parker (May 5, 1925 or October 29, 1926 – February 7, 1957) was an American blues and jazz singer, dancer, and drummer.

Birth and Death Data: Born May 5, 1925 (Youngstown), Died February 7, 1957 (Pittsburgh)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1949 - 1954

Roles Represented in DAHR: vocalist

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Decca 74727 1/27/1949 Chicken shack boogie Lionel Hampton Sextet vocalist  
Decca 74728 1/27/1949 New Central Avenue breakdown Lionel Hampton Sextet vocalist  
Decca 74729 1/27/1949 Benson boogie Lionel Hampton Sextet vocalist  
Decca 74731 1/28/1949 Hamp's gumbo Lionel Hampton Orchestra vocalist  
Decca 74853 4/26/1949 What's happening baby? Lionel Hampton Orchestra vocalist  
Decca 74897 5/10/1949 The hucklebuck Lionel Hampton Orchestra vocalist  
Decca 74898 5/10/1949 Baby, you're great Lionel Hampton Orchestra vocalist  
Decca 74899 5/10/1949 Lavender coffin Lionel Hampton Orchestra vocalist  
Decca 75637 12/29/1949 For you my love Lionel Hampton Orchestra vocalist  
Decca 75665 1/5/1950 How you sound Lionel Hampton Orchestra vocalist  
Decca 75666 1/5/1950 I almost lost my mind Lionel Hampton Orchestra vocalist  
Decca 75745 1/25/1950 Sad feelin' Lionel Hampton Orchestra vocalist  
Decca 75746 1/25/1950 Hamp's gumbo Lionel Hampton Orchestra vocalist  
Decca 85786 1/29/1954 Jealous blues Sonny Parker Orchestra vocalist  
Decca 85787 1/29/1954 I'm hungry Sonny Parker Orchestra vocalist  
Decca L 5757 7/25/1950 Well, oh well Lionel Hampton Orchestra vocalist  
Decca L 5880 10/13/1950 Oh babe Lionel Hampton Orchestra vocalist  
Decca L 5896 10/27/1950 Merry Christmas baby Lionel Hampton Orchestra vocalist  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Parker, Sonny," accessed January 16, 2022, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/336488.

Parker, Sonny. (2022). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved January 16, 2022, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/336488.

"Parker, Sonny." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2022. Web. 16 January 2022.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/336488

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