For Blues Fans Only => Who Is This Man?

Mon Sep 18, 2006 9:31 pm

Although Joe Tunzi claims on page 195 of "Sessions III" the photo below was taken during the Paramount recording sessions for "Easy Come, Easy Go" in September 1966, and that the gentleman is Junior Parker, he is mistaken on both counts.


This is actually Elvis on the set of MGM's "Double Trouble" in July 1966 -- there's a picture of Presley in the exact same outfit with Jackie Wilson, probably taken the same day.

Anyway, the first image does not feature Parker, the SUN artist whose 1953 singles "Feelin' Good" / "Fussin' And Fightin' (Blues)" (SUN 187) and "Mystery Train" / "Love My Baby" (SUN 192) were MAJOR influences on Elvis' first records for SUN:


Can anyone identify the artist with Elvis? Obviously, it was someone Presley felt was worthy of his time to visit and take photos with.

I await your expertise!

Mon Sep 18, 2006 9:49 pm

These two gentlemen looks pretty much the same to me but the one with Elvis is definitely older. When you look at the younger picture taken in the early '50s ( don't how old he was then ) then it could be him just plain older ( the eyes, lips/mouth, nose are very similar for sure ).



Mon Sep 18, 2006 10:06 pm

I strongly suspect it's Roy Brown who wrote and first recorded 'Good Rockin' Tonight'. There's a story that he asked Elvis for money when he hit hard times around 1960. Elvis responded by writing out a cheque on a brown paper bag.

Roy Brown recorded for Home of the Blues label in Memphis (produced by Scotty Moore I think). Mostly, he was based in LA.

Jackie Wilson was inspired by him. Brown died in 1981. So the facts fit and it certainly looks like him tho' I only have pics of him much younger.

Mon Sep 18, 2006 10:14 pm

Even though I thought they could be the same it's actually impossible. Junior Parker would had been 34 years old in 1966 and this gentleman with Elvis certainly looks older than that.

Purple Gang might be right.


Mon Sep 18, 2006 10:16 pm

There are several pics of Roy Brown on the link :


Mon Sep 18, 2006 10:18 pm

Roy Brown would have been 41 at the time of this photo, if that helps. :?:

Mon Sep 18, 2006 10:26 pm

It does Purple Gang. He looked on this picture like a 41 years old who enjoyed food ( good or bad ), and party a little. :wink:


Mon Sep 18, 2006 10:28 pm

It doesn't appear to be Roy Brown:


And the 1966 photo is definitely NOT Junior Parker.

Here's a picture of Parker with Elvis and Bobby Bland on December 6, 1957 at the WDIA Goodwill Benefit:


Notice that besides the facial differences, Parker is at least 4 inches shorter than Presley.

Mon Sep 18, 2006 10:41 pm

Looks like Magic Slim. ...edit ..looked to me but did not check age too young..thanks ADMINISTRATOR.
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Mon Sep 18, 2006 10:54 pm

He doesn't look much like Magic Slim and means also he would be 29 on the pic with Elvis. This person is definitely older than 29...actually looks over 40.


Mon Sep 18, 2006 11:05 pm

A lot like Muddy Waters...I think it is... born 1915. 8)

Mon Sep 18, 2006 11:14 pm

It's neither Slim nor Waters.

Mon Sep 18, 2006 11:21 pm

Like I posted in the other thread, it sure looks like Big Joe Turner, of 'Shake ratttle and roll" fame.

Is it?

Mon Sep 18, 2006 11:24 pm

Perhaps he is not an entertainer?

Mon Sep 18, 2006 11:43 pm

Looks a little like BB King to me..

Mon Sep 18, 2006 11:45 pm

It's not Joe Turner.

Mon Sep 18, 2006 11:51 pm

He reminds me of an actor we were seeing from time to time in some 60s movies. I'm trying to remember where I have seen this face before. :roll:


Mon Sep 18, 2006 11:53 pm

Been trying to get the scan to come out a bit clearer:

Tue Sep 19, 2006 12:47 am

Not 100% positive, but it looks like Albert King. He would go on to do an album of Elvis covers only three years later...



Tue Sep 19, 2006 12:50 am

Looks to me like you got it thenexte!!!

Well done!!!


Tue Sep 19, 2006 12:56 am

thenexte wrote:Not 100% positive, but it looks like Albert King. He would go on to do an album of Elvis covers only three years later...

Yes I agree, looks 100% like Al King.

Tue Sep 19, 2006 1:25 am

3:0 - hereĀ“s the next one, who agrees.
a lot of facial similarities.
do you know the date of the posted publicity shot, thenexte? (to clear things up)

Tue Sep 19, 2006 1:34 am

It's quite obviously NOT Albert King standing next to Elvis.

Tue Sep 19, 2006 1:36 am

drjohncarpenter wrote:It's quite obviously NOT Albert King standing next to Elvis.

How so?

Tue Sep 19, 2006 1:43 am

BIGREDG wrote:How so?

His nose is a bit different.