Gregg Parker / Songster
Gregg Parker / Songster with Jenny
Gregg Parker / Songster, a lifelong New Jersey native has been playing guitar, singing and entertaining New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Pennsylvania and Maryland audiences at restaurants, festivals, weddings, night clubs, cocktail hours, fund - raising events and private parties since the late 70ís.  Whether performing classic renditions or his own interpretations of popular songs from the 60ís, 70ís and early 80ís, this charismatic and energetic performer captures audiences large and small, young and old with his dynamic, percussive guitar style and versatile vocalizations. Gregg brings a timeless, unique acoustic styling and presence to the guitar, along with his own unique style of singing. To the delight of his audiences, he performs both original songs and cover material from the sixties, seventies and eighties. His special heroes and influences have been Harry Chapin, Cat Stevens, The Eagles, Van Morrison, Eric Clapton, The Beatles, Gordon Lightfoot, Jimmy Buffett and Crosby, Stills and Nash ( not to mention Neil Young ). Equally at home at a house party for 30 - 50 good friends, an intimate bistro, wedding ( large or small ), or a full concert venue, Gregg can be found working his craft on any given afternoon or evening at any of the more than 200 performances he puts on each year. His spontaneous salutes to Harry Chapin ( his special hero ), The Beatles, America, Neil Young, John Denver, Jimmy Buffett, Eric Clapton and others featuring story songs such as 'Taxi', 'Cat's In The Cradle', 'A Better Place To Be', and all - time favorites such as 'A Little Help From My Friends', 'Let It Be', 'Imagine', 'Harvest Moon', 'Heart of Gold', 'Rocky Mountain High', 'Back Home Again' and many more are a special treat - as much for the performer as for his audiences. When a larger or fuller sound is called for ( or if you really wanna dance ), Gregg simply 'brings on the band' ( duos, trios and occasionally 4 & 5 piece combos ) - The Gregg Parker Band - a true montage made up of some of the very best local and regionally known musicians to fill in the roles of electric guitar, bass and drums. Seldom working from a 'set list', Gregg constantly scans the crowd, watching for what's working, and somehow crafting it all together into a unique, one-of-a-kind experience just for you - each show an individual and entirely different event. House Parties, Cocktail Hours, Outdoor Celebrations, Community Events, Backyard Barbecues or Private Serenades - this is one performer who truly must be seen and heard to be appreciated - whether as a solo, duo or.... whatever! Occasionally, special guest musicians can be found too, augmenting and enhancing an already amazing mix of acoustic guitars, vocals and harmonica.
        Whether solo, duo, trio or band - whichever form you happen to catch him in, Gregg Parker always delivers a great sound; on - target with what the audience is looking / listening for. Hire Gregg Parker for your next occasion and youíre guaranteed a truly memorable musical experience. ďI am a real live entertainer...Ē Gregg says, ď...and I still do music the old-fashioned way - I play it!!Ē.
        So.... for a nice break from the iPod's and the DJ's, bring on some quality, professional, LIVE entertainment to YOUR next get - together..... OR why not check out the calendar link below and treat yourself, your family and your friends to one of his many live performances each month.
        Perhaps Greggís popularity is best summed up by friends and fans who simply say, ď...he plays songs people know...Ē or, as is often overheard when someone is exposed to him for the first time, ď....we knew almost every song he played - just like a really good FM radio station....Ē

Gregg Parker / Songster - catch him somwhere soon.....

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Gregg Parker / Songster with Deanna & John September 2010

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Gregg Parker a.k.a. Taximan
Gregg Parker 3/18/2006
Gregg Parker / New York 9/9/2006

Unsolicited Platitudes in N.J.

Beachfront Chapin
Saturday, November 22, 2008
(Cape May, New Jersey)

It was a July evening, and there I was, riding my bike east on Beach Avenue in Cape May. I had just left Carney's, where my parents and I had gathered for a small dinner of free hot dogs and a Caesar salad. It was Friday, the penultimate evening of my annual Cape May trip, and I was feeling some conflicting feelingsójoy at the clear air and pleasant temperatures moderated by a cool ocean breeze, relaxation from my week of morning beach walks and meandering bike rides, a bit of wistfulness from thinking about events and faces lost to time (those beach walks do that to me), and some regret that I would soon be leaving the shore for yet another year. I passed the Beach Theater and Convention Hall area of town, leaving behind the areas of the most pedestrian and vehicular congestion, and rode past the newly renovated Sea Mist, toward the Montreal Inn and Atlas Hotel.

Passing the Montreal and its outdoor bar, I heard familiar live music but did not immediately recognize the song. I passed by before finally realizing what I was hearing--a familiar verse from I Wanna Learn a Love Song, by Harry Chapin, my personal favorite folkie.

I don't hear much Chapin played publicly anymore. He died in 1981 - on July 16, to be exact, a little more than a month before my first birthday - and I became acquainted with his music through evenings of it blasting out of my dad's stereo system at home. As a young child, I didn't like Harry's music, but I quickly came around. By the time I entered high school, I had known most of his catalog by heart. I'm pictured in my senior yearbook wearing a t-shirt with Harry's photo on it, and I included three separate references to Chapin and his music in the book's senior write-up. (I listed Chapin and the song There Only Was Once Choice in the long "pride and joy" list, and I wrote "All my life's a circle, sunrise and sundown" as my favorite quote - the latter chosen after my original choice, "Sometimes words can serve me well, sometimes words can go to hell, for all that they do," from Story of a Life, was rejected as too provocative by the advisor.)

I hear the occasional Chapin song - usually Cats in the Cradle, and sometimes Taxi - on Sirius, but, other than that I find pop-cultural Chapin references to be rare. That's not a surprise, given that he died 27 years ago. And I don't mind - his music has always been special to me, something that I remember as a part of growing up. I still associate his music with dark winter evenings at home, and I have come to associate various Chapin songs with many different events in my life. I've found that I'm not alone in this. Many Chapin fans, including my brother, seem to prize the intimate, private nature of his story-songs and prefer that, today, he doesn't have widespread appeal. Yet, we do want to see Chapin and his legacy live on.

When I heard I Wanna Learn a Love Song, I immediately made a U-turn and went back to the Montreal. I sat on my bike, in the parking lot, directly behind the singer, waiting for him to finish. When he did, I called out, "Do you do a lot of Chapin?"

He turned around and asked, "What do you like?"

"Everything!"

"Come up and get a beer, and I'll play you Taxi," he said.

I was planning to keep riding, and sitting alone at a beachfront bar didn't match my naturally introverted personality. But, how many times would I stumble upon a beachfront Chapin? I took his suggestion, ordered a Heineken (the bar's least bad beer), and approached the singer. Gregg Parker was his name; promotional items mentioned that he, a self-described "songster," offered "fine acoustic music" from the 60s, 70s, and 80s. Harry Chapin was one of his "heroes," he told me.

Gregg Parker launched into quite a good version of Taxi, as I sat nearby, alone, drinking my beer, nodding in approval. After that, he played Flowers Are Red and Shooting Star. He was, indeed, a Chapin disciple--those aren't songs that you would hear from the typical acoustic cover act.

As much as I was enjoying the music, I was ready to move on - sitting alone was a bit odd, and I had plans for the evening. I got up to leave, but he motioned for me to wait. "See if you can tell me what album this came from," he said. He started playing, and I quickly called out, ďStranger With the Melodies!Ē But he had stumped me - I had forgotten, at least momentarily, that it came from Legends of the Lost and Found.

He just shook his head - sharing my amusement, it seemed, to find a random Chapin aficionado along the beach in Cape May.


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Sample Song List
AMERICA
Ventura Highway
Sandman
Horse With No Name
Sister Golden Hair
Lonely People
Tin Man
 BEATLES
A Little Help From My Friends
Things We Said Today
Let It Be
Canít Buy Me Love
Yesterday
Hey, Jude
If I Fell
In My Life
I Should Have Known Better
I Want to Hold Your Hand
Here, There and Everywhere
Here Comes the Sun
The Long and Winding Road
Imagine
Julia
And I Love Her
Eight Days a Week
When Iím Sixty - Four
Yellow Submarine
Youíve Got to Hide Your Love Away
 CAT STEVENS
Wild World
Moonshadow
Where Do The Children Play?
Father and Son
Sad Lisa
Another Saturday Night
The First Cut is the Deepest
Peace Train
HARRY CHAPIN
Catís in the Cradle
Coreyís Cominí
Circle
Taxi
Mail - Order Annie
Mr. Tanner
I Want To Learn a Love Song
Shooting Star
W - O - L - D
A Better Place to Be
ERIC CLAPTON
After Midnight
Change the World
Lay Down Sally
Layla
Knockiní On Heavenís Door
Wonderful Tonight
Running On Faith
Tears in Heaven
Before You Accuse Me
Nobody Knows You
JIM CROCE
Roller Derby Queen
Operator
You Donít Mess Around With Jim
Time in a Bottle
Iíve Got a Name
Bad, Bad Leroy Brown
CROSBY, STILLS & NASH
Teach Your Children
Southern Cross
Love The One Youíre With
Ohio
4 & 20
For What Itís Worth
Our House
EAGLES
Desperado
Hotel California
Lying Eyes
Peaceful Easy Feeling
Witchy Woman
Take It Easy
Tequila Sunrise
Love Will Keep Us Alive
Already Gone
The Girl From Yesterday
BILLY JOEL
Piano Man
Youíre My Home
Just the Way You Are
Only the Good Die Young
JOE COCKER
Feeliní Alright
The Letter
You Are So Beautiful
ELTON JOHN
Rocket Man
Your Song
Candle in the Wind
Goodbye, Yellow Brick Road
Daniel
VAN MORRISON
Moondance
Tupelo Honey
Have I Told You Lately ( That I Love You? )
Into the Mystic
Someone Like You
Brown - Eyed Girl
ROD STEWART
The First Cut is the Deepest
Maggie May
Reason To Believe
SIMON & GARFUNKEL
59th Street Bridge Song
Loves Me Like a Rock
America
The Boxer
Me & Julio ( Down by the Schoolyard )
Mrs. Robinson
Sounds of Silence
Homeward Bound
Cecelia
NEIL YOUNG
Harvest Moon
Heart of Gold
Needle and the Damage Done
Southern Man
Cowgirl in the Sand
Down By the River
After the Gold Rush
Hey, Hey My, My
Donít Let It Bring You Down
Sugar Mountain
JAMES TAYLOR
Fire & Rain
Youíve Got a Friend
Carolina ( In My Mind )
Country Road
Sweet Baby James
How Sweet It Is ( To Be Loved By You )
JOHN DENVER
Annieís Song
Back Home Again
Country Roads ( Take Me Home )
Leaviní On a Jet Plane
My Sweet Lady
Sunshine On My Shoulders
Rocky Mountain High
Thank God Iím a Country Boy
Iím Sorry
GRATEFUL DEAD
Friend of the Devil
Uncle Johnís Band
Ripple
LOGGINS & MESSINA
Danny ís Song
House At Pooh Corner
Love Song
ELVIS PRESLEY
Canít Help Falling In Love With You
Donít Be Cruel
Wonder of You
CREEDENCE CLEARWATER
Bad Moon Rising
Fortunate Son
Have You Ever Seen the Rain?
Whoíll Stop the Rain
Down On the Corner
Proud Mary
Suzie - Q
I Heard It Through The Grapevine
MARSHALL TUCKER BAND
Canít You See
Heard It In a Love Song
BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN
Born to Run
Fire
Jersey Girl
Thunder Road
DON McLEAN
American Pie
Vincent
THE BAND
Mr. Bojangles
The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down
The Weight
Cripple Creek
BOB DYLAN
Blowiní in the Wind
Mr. Tamborine Man
My Back Pages
Like a Rolling Stone
Donít Think Twice ( Itís Alright )
Lay, Lady, Lay
KENNY ROGERS
Coward of the County
The Gambler
She Believes in Me
Lucille
WILLIE NELSON
Always On My Mind
On the Road Again
Mamas Donít Let Your Babies Grow Up
Georgia On My Mind
Help Me Make It Through the Night
Angel Flying Too Close to the Ground
Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain
JIMMY BUFFET
A Pirate Looks at Forty
Come Monday
Margaritaville
Changes in Latitudes
Son of a Sailor
He Went To Paris
Volcano
Cheeseburger In Paradise
Jamaica Farewell
JOHN PRINE
Dear Abbey
Flag Decal
NEIL DIAMOND
Solitary Man
Song Sung Blue
Sweet Caroline
ALLMAN BROTHERS
Midnight Rider
No One to Run With
Sweet Melissa
Ramblin' Man
SEALS & CROFT
Summer Breeze
We May Never Pass This Way Again
JOHNNY CASH
Folsom Prison Blues
Green, Green Grass of Home
Ring of Fire
TOM PETTY
Breakdown
I Wonít Back Down
Mary Janeís Last Dance
Free Falliní
Yer So Bad
DAN FOLGELBERG
Leader Of the Band
Longer
Part of the Plan
GORDON LIGHTFOOT
If You Could Read My Mind
Sundown
The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald
In The Early Morning Rain
Carefree Highway
Rainy Day People
ROLLING STONES
Angie
Brown Sugar
Honky Tonk Woman
Wild Horses
Dead Flowers
As Tears Go By
You Canít Always Get What You Want
 
MISCELLANEOUS
Aimee / Pure Prarie League
Ainít No Sunshine
( When Sheís Gone )/ Bill Withers
City of New Orleans / Arlo Guthrie
Collide / Howie Day
Cover of Rolling Stone / Dr. Hook
Dock of the Bay / Otis Redding
Do It Again / Steely Dan
Drift Away / Dobie Gray
Georgia On My Mind / Ray Charles
Gravity / John Mayer
Hallelujah / Rufus Wainwright
Iím A Believer / The Monkees
Lady in Red / Chris DeBurgh
Lola / The Kinks
Lucky Man / Emerson, Lake & Palmer
My Wish / Rascal Flatts
Never Been To Spain / Three Dog Night
On and On / Steven Bishop
People Are Strange / The Doors
Pink Houses / John Mellencamp
Please Come to Boston / Dave Loggins
Pretty Woman / Roy Orbison
Puff the Magic Dragon / Peter, Paul & Mary
Rosie / Jackson Browne
Save The Last Dance For Me / Michael Buble
Share the Land / The Guess Who
Shooting Star / Bad Company
Sissyís Song / Alan Jackson
Somewhere Over the Rainbow /
Israel Kamakawiwo'ole
Story Book Love / Mark Knopfler ( Princess Bride )
Sweet Home Alabama / Lynyrd Skynyrd
The Joker / Steve Miller
The Rainbow Connection / Kermit the Frog
The Wedding Song / Paul Stuckey
ĎTil There Was You / The Music Man
True Love / Bing Crosby
Under the Boardwalk / Sam Cooke
Waltzing Matilda / Traditional
What a Wonderful World / Louis Armstrong

Singing Guitarist in Medford
Singing Guitarist in Medford