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Parker was born in Beckenham, Kent, where he began piano lessons before moving to Wiltshire with his family in 1940. As a youth he listened to the American Forces Network's radio broadcasts, and visited a US air base in Wiltshire, where he first heard piano-based boogie-woogie. He returned to Beckenham after the second world war and started a newspaper round to fund the purchase of records by the boogie-woogie musicians Pete Johnson and Albert Ammons. He cycled regularly to Bexleyheath to hear George Webb's Dixielanders, joined Catford Rhythm Club and began to play in earnest at their weekly sessions, continuing with Harry Brown's Inebriated Seven and the singer Beryl Bryden's Backroom Boys, while serving as an ammunition examiner in the Royal Army Ordnance Corps.

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