Maceo Parker

Maceo Parker (born Feb. 14, 1943) is an American saxophonist and bandleader from Kinston, NC, who emerged in the ’60s-era backing band of James Brown. In 1970, Parker and fellow Brown-alumni formed Maceo and All the King’s Men, which released two albums on Charly R&B and Excello. In 1974, Parker assembled Maceo & the Macks for the album Us!! on the J.B.’s imprint People. The following year, he joined Parliament, appearing on all the band’s 1975–79 albums. Concurrently, he played on the four albums by Bootsy’s Rubber Band and served as a backing player on titles by Parlet, Osiris, and Bernie Worrell. In 1977, Parker was the featured player on the album A Blow for Me, a Toot to You by Fred Wesley and the Horny Horns.


  • Doing Their Own Thing (1970 • Maceo and All the King’s Men)
  • Funky Music Machine (1972 • Maceo & All the King’s Men)
  • Us (1974)
  • Say Blow by Blow Backwards (1979 • Fred Wesley and The Horny Horns)

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