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Tuesday October 08, 2013

From The Kinston Free Press

Kinston’s Maceo Parker publishes book on his brilliant life and times
By: Margaret Fisher

“The funky Parker brothers” was the name Maceo and Melvin Parker were dubbed while studying at N.C. Agricultural & Technical College after the two put on an improvisational music jam at a talent show.

Their reputation earned them the opportunity to play back-up for Marvin Gaye at a Greensboro club. For Maceo Parker Jr., it was the first time to rub elbows with one of the greatest musical artists of the 1960s and ultimately led him to a music career that continues today.

The singer and saxman has released an autobiography that documents his growing-up years in Kinston and how he broke into the celebrity music scene during a time of racial strife, as well as his solo career in the last couple of decades. It’s “98% Funky Stuff: My Life in Music.”

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