February 14 is not only Valentine’s Days, it’s also the birth day of none other than saxophone legend Maceo Parker. The American was born in 1943 and became known for his collaboration with Parliament (Funkadelic) and James Brown, whos band he joined in 1964. Brown actually only wanted to hire Maceo’s brother Melvin as a drummer, but the latter said he’d decline if his brother wasn’t hired as a saxophonist as well. Both Parker and Brown profited immensely from the collaboration.
In 1971, Maceo Parker got together with some other band members and left Brown’s band. The formed a new combo, called: Maceo & All the Kings Men. This venture only lasted two years and Maceo returned to Brown. In 1975, Maceo again left The Godfather of Soul. This time to join George Clinton’s Parliament.
Between 1984 and 1988, Maceo Parker still toured with James Brown. After that, he started a solo career. He joined Prince’s New power Generation (2001-2005) and joined Prince on stage at the North Sea Jazz Festival in 2011. Maceo Parker has played on numerous albums by, among others, Fred Wesley, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Living Colour, Candy Culfer, De La Soul and Bootsie Collins.
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