Saturday, April 17, 2010

The illustrated Hello: Charlie Parker

Not Charles Parker, who produced the BBC's Radio Ballads, which led to the creation of songs like this one, written by Ewan McColl, and performed here by Raymond Crooke:

And certainly not Bruce Parker, who rode the South Today desk for what seemed like an eternity:

Nor, sadly, is it Peter Parker, our current Glaswegian crushes:

No, the Beloved were hailing Charlie Parker, the legend of jazz. Not only for how he played himself, but for the way he shaped Dizzy Gillespie's sound as well:

[Buy: Peter Parker - Swallow The Rockets

Charlie Parker 10 CD Box set]

[Part of The Illustrated Hello]