Graham Parker

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  • Squeezing Out Sparks + Live Sparks (Remastered)

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About Graham Parker

Graham Parker was one of the most celebrated singer/songwriters to emerge from England's pub rock scene in the mid-'70s. He developed a sinewy fusion of driving rock & roll and confessional folk-rock, highlighted by his passion, sarcasm, and venom. Critics lavished praise on his debut album, 1976's Howlin' Wind, recorded with the Rumour, though it wasn't until Squeezing Out Sparks in 1979 that Parker won a larger audience in America. He next courted a solo career with projects such as 1982's Another Grey Area and 1985's Steady Nerves before settling into a cult following in the late '80s. He reunited with the Rumour for a pair of albums, 2012's Three Chords Good and 2015's Mystery Glue. After that reunion ran its course, Parker formed the Goldtops, playing easygoing but committed R&B-informed rock on 2018's Cloud Symbols and 2023's Last Chance to Learn the Twist.

Hackney, East London, England
November 18, 1950

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