SONG OF THE DAY Bobby Parker – Watch Your Step

PrimaryBlues-rock guitarist and singer-songwriter, Robert Lee “Bobby Parker” (a.k.a Little Bobby Parker) celebrated a career that spanned over fifty years and has been an influential artist to many of the greats – (which I’ll go into that later). Born in Louisiana, Parker first recorded for Vee-Jay Records in Chicago, Illinois in 1957 and though there have been many 45’s over the years, today’s song is probably his best known!

Issued on V-Tone Records in 1961, Watch Your Step was written by Parker and inspired by Dizzy Gillespie’s Manteca and Ray Charles’ What’d I Say. Parker was reported to have said “I started playing [Gillespie’s] riff on my guitar and decided to make a blues out of it!”  The song was recorded at the Edgewood Recording Studio in Washington DC in 1961, with Thomas “TNT” Tribble on drums.

The single was released in the UK and gathered influence far beyond its modest commercial success. It has since been covered by various artists including Adam Faith, Manfred Mann, and the Spencer Davis Group. In particular, its main riff served as the inspiration for several songs by the Beatles, most notably I Feel Fine and Day Tripper. In The Beatles Anthology, John Lennon said: “‘Watch Your Step’ is one of my favourite records. The Beatles have used the lick in various forms…”

Led Zeppelin even used the riff as the basis for their instrumental, Moby Dick  (this I could really hear from the start) and the Yardbirds also used it in their 1965 hit, I’m Not Talking.  Deep Purple used it in 1973 in Rat Bat Blue and even in the early 2000’s, Gamma Ray’s New World Order” were inspired by the riff!! Who would’ve thought that one song could have shaped so many artists in years to come!!!

Bobby Parker wrote a right little corker here and I love it for it pure energy and undiluted might!!

Check it out above.

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