INTERVIEW: Maceo Parker in Melbourne

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Thursday April 12, 2012

from ABC Melbourne

Having just returned from playing the Byron Bay Blues Festival, Maceo Parker called by the studios yesterday to talk about his stellar career with the host of 774 Afternoons, George McEncroe.

American saxophone player Maceo Parker is a music legend.
Born in 1943, the man has played and collaborated with the likes of James Brown, George Clinton, Ray Charles and contemporary musicians Ani Difranco, De La Soul, Dave Matthews Band and the Red Hot Chilli Peppers. His blend of funk and soul appeals to generations of music fans.

With a voice steeped in music history, Parker shared stories about his amazing career; how he lied to James Brown to get a gig in his band, why he chose a solo career over teaching music, fame and why he still loves touring today.

“I never would have imagined people would name their kids Maceo, I’ve signed pets and walls and kids…” he told McEncroe.

Settle in, and listen to the voice of one of music’s best share his stories.