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MACEO PARKER & ALL THE KING'S MEN FEBRUARY 1972 INTERVIEW
MACEO & All The King's Men, currently on the U.K. Singles chart with "Got To Getcha" and "Thank You", didn't come into existance until March of 1970. Until then, they formed eight-tenths of James Brown's Band and were the predecessors to the J.B.'s. The only two members of Brown's former band not involved in the switch were John Starks, who stayed on as his drummer and is still with the J.B.'s, and the saxophonist, who left the business all together.

"We all left because there were parts of the business that we were not involved in with James Brown," explained Maceo. "We felt we should and could have been making records and that we should have been getting something from his success on records since after all we contributed a great deal to his sound. He disagreed and we broke away in March of 1970 and started our own band." Three months prior to the break, Brown had lost his solo female singer when Marva Whitney broke away.

Maceo Parker hails from Kinston, North Carolina, where he was born in 1943. He joined James Brown's Revue straight from college and was featured saxophone soloist with the Revue until 1970, although he did spend most of 1965 to 1967 in the Army. As well as playing both alto and tenor sax, he plays flute. His first James Brown recording was "Papa's Got A Brand New Bag" and his featured solos included "Cold Sweat". "Licking Stick" and "Mother Popcorn".

The line-up of All The King's Men is Jimmy Nolan, guitarist, who joined James Brown in 1965 and co-wrote "Fat Wood" with him for the "Ain't It Funky" album; Elvonso Kellum, guitar; Melvin Parker drummer, and younger brother of Maceo, and who joined Brown's band at the same time as his brother; Bernard Odom, bass, and L. D. Williams, saxophone, both of whom were with James since the late 50's; Joseph Davis, trumpet; and Richard Griffith, trumpet and who is the band's musical arranger now. Recently, Levi Rasbury, trombonist, became the ninth member although he is not featured on our photo.

Directly on leaving James, Maceo & All The King's Men were signed to Lelan Rogers Nashville-based House of the Fox label, for whom they cut one album, "Doing Their Own Thing". The album sold fairly well, attaining a midway place on the American R&B Albums chart. However, from the album came two big singles in "Got To Getcha" and their version of Sly's "Thank You" — both of these are back-to-back on the band's only U.K. release, with Pye International — and a smaller hit with "Funky Women". Apart from "Thank You", the band have written everything else recorded by them.

However, Maceo is no longer signed with House of the Fox. "We enjoyed our stay with House of the Fox but they didn't really have sufficient funds to build an act that wasn't very well known into an act that is. We are presently negotiating a contract with another company but I would prefer to say nothing until everything is signed," said Maceo, who is the featured vocalist on everything except for "Don't Waste This World Away" — which features Richard "Kush" Griffith.


  
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