|Birth name||Gene Purifoy|
|Also known as||Geno Parks|
July 26, 1933 |
Fairfield, Alabama, U.S.
|Years active||1956–1968, since 2000s|
|Labels||Fortune, Miracle, Tamla, Golden World, Crazy Horse|
|Associated acts||Andre Williams
He was born in Fairfield, Alabama, and in his teens sang with several gospel groups including the Harmony Four, the Five Spirituals, and the Evangelistic Gospel Choir. He attended Miles College in Birmingham, before moving to Detroit in late 1954.
He soon met singer and songwriter Andre Williams, joining Williams in his group the Five Dollars, and then Williams' New Group, who had a no.9 R&B hit single in 1956 with "Bacon Fat". He and Williams then performed as a duo, and recorded for Fortune Records. In 1960, Parks signed for Berry Gordy's Motown Records, and was first credited on "Blibberin' Blabberin' Blues", an answer record to the Coasters' "Yakety Yak", in 1961. This was followed by "That's No Lie", released on the Tamla label, and then "For This I Thank You" / "Fire" in 1962. He then moved to Golden World Records, also in Detroit, releasing "Talkin' About My Baby" / "My Sophisticated Lady" in 1966. The following year he recorded "Nerves of Steel", produced by Raynoma and Eddie Singleton for the Crazy Horse label, and also recorded with Frances Nero as a duo.
Parks left the music business in 1968, and worked for an insurance company, initially in Detroit and later in Atlanta, Georgia. In the mean time, his records became popular among the UK's Northern soul followers. After his retirement, Parks returned to occasional performance. He appeared at the 24th Blues Estafette festival in the Netherlands in 2003, and at the Ponderosa Stomp in New Orleans in 2013.
- Bill Dahl, Motown: The Golden Years, Krause Publications, 2011, pp.289-291
- "Blibberin' Blabberin' Blues", Motown Junkies. Retrieved 4 October 2013
- Tamla Discography, Global Dog Productions. Retrieved 4 October 2013
- "Fire", Motown Junkies. Retrieved 4 October 2013
- Geno Parks at Eastlawn Records. Retrieved 4 October 2013
- Blues Estafette, 2003. Retrieved 4 October 2013
- Artist Direct, "Ponderosa Stomp Music History Conference Schedule Revealed", 30 July 2013. Retrieved 4 October 2013