Thursday, May 11, 2017

Michael Parks (1940-2017)

Just read of the passing of actor-singer Michael Parks, who recently turned 77. Cause of death is unknown, but Parks left behind a lengthy film & television resume, as well as a sojurn on the charts at the end of the 60's.

See, Parks recorded the theme to his 1969 series, Then Came Bronson, which could be best described as "Easy Rider" meets Route 66, since reporter Jim Bronson (Parks) traveled on a motorcycle as a lone crusader of the poor and less fortunate.

More modern audiences have seen Parks in Twin Peaks and films such as "Kill Bill", becoming a favorite of directors such as Quentin Tarantino, David Lynch, Robert Rodriguez, & Kevin Smith.

"Long Lonesome Highway" just missed the country top 40 in 1970, but reached the top 20 on the Hot 100. Fittingly, Parks and his folk-country sound found their way to The Johnny Cash Show. After a snippet of "Highway", Parks is on stage with a different number, followed by a duet with Cash.

Methinks I'll see if Parks' albums are available on CD.....!

Rest in peace, Michael.

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