Graham Parker Visits The GRAMMY Museum
The Rumour frontman Graham Parker recently participated in an installment of the GRAMMY Museum's An Evening With series. Before an intimate audience at the Museum's Clive Davis Theater, Parker discussed the launch of his career and the upcoming documentary, Don't Ask Me Questions: A Film About Graham Parker, among other topics. Parker also performed an acoustic set featuring the Rumour tracks "Stop Cryin' About The Rain" and "Local Girls."
"One of my demos was played on [Charlie Gillett's radio show] … and instantly a guy from Phonogram called up and said, 'Who's that guy that sounds a bit like Dylan, a bit like Van Morrison? I want to sign him,'" said Parker. "It happened in this incredibly short span of time for no reason at all because I am nobody, literally. I was working in a gas station while I was signing a record deal."
British singer/songwriter Parker is a founding member of the rock collective the Rumour with whom he released Top 40 albums such as 1979's Squeezing Out Sparks and 1980's The Up Escalator. As a solo artist, Parker released 1982's Another Grey Area and 1983's The Real Macaw, which reached No. 51 and No. 59 on the Billboard 200, respectively. In November 2012 Parker reunited with the Rumour to release Three Chords Good, which peaked at No. 46 on Billboard's Independent Albums chart. The album features 12 tracks written by Parker, including "Stop Cryin' About The Rain," "She Rocks Me" and "Snake Oil Capital Of The World." Parker, who recently co-starred in Judd Apatow's 2012 film This Is 40, will be featured in an upcoming documentary Don't Ask Me Questions: A Film About Graham Parker.
Upcoming GRAMMY Museum events include Great Guitars: Wayne Kramer (Jan. 24), An Evening With Paul Kelly (Jan. 29), The Drop: Ron Sexsmith (Jan. 30), and Icons Of The Music Industry: Ken Ehrlich (Jan. 31).