Kenny Parchman

Kenneth W. "Kenny" Parchman (* January 15, 1932 near Jackson, Tennessee, † June 2, 1999 in Madison, Tennessee) was an American rockabilly musician. Parchman was one of the many artists who emerged from the legendary Sun Records.


Childhood and youth

Kenny Parchman was born in 1932 near Jackson Madison County. Early on, he regularly listened to music on the radio and it was not long until his parents gave him a guitar. But just before Christmas 1944 burned down the family home; Parchmans father suffered while such serious injuries that he died shortly afterwards. The Parchmans received help from friends and neighbors, so that they could build a new house, in which the young Kenny spent the remainder of his childhood. In school, he formed his own band, with which he appeared to Barn Dances and other events. Shortly thereafter, Parchman was drafted into the U.S. Army.


After his discharge from the army in 1955 Parchman forwarding worked with Wells Fargo. At night he played in bars and clubs, to earn something. At this time he met the only fifteen -year-old pianist Jerry Lee Smith, whom he recorded it in his band, which included, among other things Parchmans brother Ronnie as a drummer. Together they made ​​some demo recordings at Sun Records in Memphis. Smith knew pianist Carl Perkins, who was at Sun contracted from earlier and had already played with him. As Perkins Blue Suede Shoes got his first big hit, but Smith had to because of his age to stay at home and could not take part in the Tour so. Parchmans band contacted about Perkins owner Suns, Sam Phillips, the Parchman and his band took them under contract.

1956 played Parchman Love Crazy Baby and I Feel Like Rockin ', which were to be his first single, but at the last moment Phillips stopped the publication. For what reasons this happened, no one knows. Parchman suspected later that Phillips the disk is not published because Parchman had no manager. In the next two years took Parchman and his band on numerous titles, but of which no one has been published. 1957 Parchman received a request from the owner of the newly founded Jaxon label in Jackson, Tennessee. Parchman seized the opportunity and Jaxon published his song Treat Me Right and Do not You Know. In the latter Parchman sang along with his brother Ronnie. A year later, a second single in Lu Records. In 1958 and 1959 he returned once in the Sun Studios to record some songs. One of his last title was rehearsed Ray Harris ' Love Dump baby.

In the following years, Parchman attracted more and more back from the music business. By 1975, he appeared in the famous Pineridge Club in Jackson. His last appearance there was recorded and some of these titles were published later. Meanwhile, he had built with his second wife Lorene a construction business that he successfully managed. 1997 ill Parchman hard and finally died in 1999 at his home in Madison, Tennessee. In Germany in 2005 a CD titled I Feel Like ... Rockin ' with his photographs was published.


  • I Feel Like Rockin '
  • Love Crazy Baby
  • Do not You Know (What's The Reason )
  • Get It Off Your Mind ( alt. version)
  • You Call Everybody Darlin '
  • Tennessee Zip
  • Love Dump Baby