Bobby Parker 'Only Musician The Beatles Admitted To Stealing From' Dies

11/04/2013
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(Classic Rock) Blues rock guitarist Bobby Parker, best known for his 1961 track Watch Your Step and credited as "the only musician the Beatles admitted to stealing from" has died at the age of 76, it's been reported.

Bassist Anthony B Rucker, who often collaborated often with the pioneering artist, confirmed the news, saying: "It is with a heavy heart I thank you, Bobby, for all that you have done for me. I'm so glad I had one last chance to play with you a couple of weeks ago. See ya on the other side."

Born in Louisiana and raised in Los Angeles, Robert Lee Parker's first professional gig was with Otis Williams and the Charms in the 1950s, followed by stints with Bo Diddley, Sam Cooke, Chuck Berry and Little Richard.

Watch Your Step inspired the Beatles' song I Feel Fine, with John Lennon once saying they'd used the riff "in various forms" throughout their career. Led Zeppelin made use of it in Moby Dick. The track was also covered by the Spencer Davis Group, Dr Feelgood and Carlos Santana, who once said: "Bobby inspired me to play guitar he's one of the few remaining guitarists who can pierce your heart and soothe your soul." A lot more.

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