Dean Parks

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Dean Parks
Birth name Weldon Dean Parks
Born Fort Worth, Texas, U.S.
Genres Pop, rock, jazz
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Guitar, pedal steel
Years active 1970–present
Website www.deanparks.com

Weldon Dean Parks is an American session guitarist and record producer from Ft. Worth, Texas, United states.

Albums[edit]

Parks was member of The North Texas State One O'clock Lab Band before moving to Los Angeles to work with Sonny and Cher in 1970. In 1980, Parks was a founding member of the Jazz Fusion band Koinonia. Parks is best known for his many contributions to albums by Steely Dan and Michael Jackson. Notably, he played guitar on the Royal Scam track "Haitian Divorce", which features a Talkbox. He has performed with Joan Baez, Alexander O'Neal, Crosby and Nash, Madonna, Stevie Wonder, Barbra Streisand, Roberto Carlos, Elton John, Celine Dion, The Monkees, Madeleine Peyroux, America, Diana Ross, George Benson, Rod Stewart, Randy Travis, Bob Seger, Billy Joel, Neil Diamond, Michael Bublé, Barry Manilow, David Lee Roth, Paul Simon, Dolly Parton, Amanda Lear, Kenny Loggins, Tom Scott, B.B. King, Dusty Springfield, Randy Edelman, Leon Gieco, Koinonia, Johnny Rivers, Johnny Hallyday, Randy Newman, Joe Cocker, David Baerwald, The Gypsy Queens[1] and Bread. Also a long time Collaborator on David Foster albums.

Parks features on Cat Beach's albums Letting Go and Love Me Out Loud. In 2008, Parks participated in the production of the album Psalngs,[2] the debut release of Canadian musician John Lefebvre.

Dean Parks is very prominently featured on Viktor Krauss' album II (2007), where he plays a plethora of other stringed instruments in addition to electric and acoustic guitars.

Tours[edit]

During the late 1970s, Parks teamed up with Bread for their "Lost Without Your Love" reunion tour, taking on the responsibilities of lead guitarist. Following the departure of founding member Jimmy Griffin, Parks then became the 'unofficial' fourth member for the duration of the 1977/78 tours, including the visit to England to record a BBC TV special. He also continued the role when Bread's co-founder, David Gates, put together his own solo touring band shortly afterwards. In the spring of 2005 he joined David Crosby and Graham Nash on their European tour, as well as their U.S. tours in fall 2007, fall 2008, and spring 2011. In April 2017 Parks joined James Taylor's band while Taylor recovered from a broken finger.

Movies[edit]

Parks has written songs and music for films such as The Care Bears Movie II: A New Generation (with Carol Parks), Bowfinger, My Big Fat Greek Wedding, The Big Bounce, and Dreamer: Inspired by a True Story.

Personal life[edit]

He was married to fellow musician Carol Parks.

Discography[edit]

With America

With Bobby Bland

  • 1969 Spotlighting the Man
  • 1973 His California Album
  • 1974 Dreamer

With Chris Botti

With Michael Bublé

With T Bone Burnett

With Joe Cocker

With Andraé Crouch

With Rita Coolidge

With The Crusaders

  • 1976 Free as the Wind
  • 1978 Images
  • 1980 Rhapsody and Blues
  • 1980 Standing Tall
  • 1984 Ghetto Blaster
  • 1986 The Good and the Bad Times
  • 2003 Rural Renewal

With Julia Fordham

  • 1991 Swept
  • 2002 Concrete Love
  • 2004 That's Life
  • 2005 That's Live

With Kenny Loggins

With Lyle Lovett

With The Manhattan Transfer

With Aaron Neville

  • 1991 Warm Your Heart
  • 1993 The Grand Tour
  • 1995 The Tattooed Heart
  • 1997 ...To Make Me Who I Am
  • 2000 Devotion
  • 2003 Believe
  • 2005 Gospel Roots

With Madeleine Peyroux

With Rebecca Pidgeon

With Joe Sample

  • 1978 Rainbow Seeker
  • 1979 Carmel
  • 1980 Voices in the Rain
  • 1982 The Hunter
  • 1983 Roles
  • 1985 Oasis
  • 1995 Old Places Old Faces
  • 1997 Sample This
  • 2002 The Pecan Tree

With Steely Dan

With others

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ventura Highway - The Gypsy Queens". Dr.dk. Retrieved 22 May 2018.
  2. ^ "Press for Psalngs.com". Press.Psalngs.com. Archived from the original on 2011-08-25. Retrieved 2009-08-28.
  3. ^ "Dean Parks | Credits | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 23 August 2017.

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