60's Records That Will Lift Your Spirit

by Administrator 22. March 2017 11:51

Music has the power to improve our mood and reframe our experiences. The 60’s, in particular, provided us with a wealth of soul, funk, and R&B music that could instantly do just that. And while we’ve said before that there’s a 60’s record for everyone, there are some songs that truly stand out as the kind that will lift your spirit. Today we are proud to share a handful of those songs guaranteed to put you in a great mood.

The Big Question-Bobby Miller-Constellation

The Big Question by Bobby Miller-Constellation

Side A: The Big Question

Side B: Uncle Willie Time

Over his long history career, Bobby Miller found success both producing talent for renowned labels such as Chicago-based Chess Records as well as co-writing hits for several of the best R&B artists to come out of the period, including Barett Strong and Wade Flemons. And while Miller undeniably had the “magic touch” for helping others to achieve overnight success, when it came to recording his own music, he could certainly stand apart on his own. “The Big Question”, which Miller recorded under the Constellation Records label in 1964, proved just that.

The eponymous track, “The Big Question”, blends together soul vibes with the classic tale of a man attempting to court a woman who won’t let herself fall in love at first before eventually culminating into a celebratory story of newfound romance. With easygoing lyrics, a steady beat, and smooth vocals, one listen is all you need to understand why this is one of Miller’s most acclaimed recordings.

And while there is no doubt that Miller could craft a love song filled to the brim with soul, he also knew how to make people get up and dance. “Uncle Willie Time”, which is based on a 60’s dance craze, provides a fast, upbeat song that is designed to get you on your feet and it will!

If you’re looking for a 60’s artist who could “do it all”, look no further than Bobby Miller. Naturally, if you’re looking for a feel good record that can do the same, then his signature release, “The Big Question”, is for you.

 

When You Love You're Loved Too-Sons of Watts

When You Love, You're Loved Too by The Sons of Watts-Blue Rock

Side A: When You Love, You’re Loved Too

Side B: Can’t You Tell I’m Lonely

The Sons of Watts’ 1969 release of “When You Love, You’re Loved Too” exemplifies not only some of the best funk / soul music to be produced under the Blue Rock label, but some of the best sounds to come out of a generation. For anyone who appreciates an uptempo beat, both “When You Love, You’re Loved Too” and “Can’t You Tell I’m Lonely” will feel instantly familiar.

The titular song, “When You Love, You’re Loved Too”, is a steady and encouraging song about keeping your head up even when times are tough. Who wouldn’t be sold then and there? By the end of the song you’ll feel like you’ve been friends with the band your whole life an impressive feat for any band no matter the period!

And while the former song may be the one to lend its name to the record, “Can’t You Tell I’m Lonely” is arguably the song that The Sons of Watts are known for. The song tells the story of a man who has lost the love of his life to his former best friend. And while the lyrics would indicate a sober tune, that’s simply not the case here. The song culminates into a soulful listening experience that will make you feel hopeful by the end.

Despite being one of the less prominent bands of the period, The Sons of Watts are a hidden gem of the 60’s that will undoubtedly earn your appreciation!

Hate Yourself in the Morning-Steve Mancha

Hate Yourself In The Morning by Steve Mancha-Groove City

Side A: Hate Yourself In The Morning

Side B: A Love Like This

Steve Mancha, whose real name was Clyde Darnell Wilson, was a soul singer and songwriter whose music career started in the mid-60’s and carried on into the 80’s. With a number of albums released over multiple decades, it can be difficult to pick just one that truly epitomizes the unique sound of a soul singer who hailed from South Carolina. If there was ever an album that came close, however, “Hate Yourself In the Morning” is the one.

“Hate Yourself In The Morning”, which was released in 1968 under the Groove City label, blends elements of funk, soul, ballad, and even subtle hints of pop into a timeless piece. The name of the album, of course, comes from the featured serenade in which the singer warns his lover that she’ll, “hate yourself in the morning”, if she leaves him. As a natural complement, “A Love Like This”, features a more uptempo beat and upbeat lyrics that is designed to make you feel good.

Mancha was an expert in his craft and had the smooth voice that made him an excellent funk/soul artist. Don’t let the lyrics of the titular song fool you – it’s hard to imagine anyone who would not be charmed by Mancha’s voice.

Parker's Records and Comics will leave you feeling good

Whether you’re looking for a song to relate to, or simply just want a beat to tap your foot along with, we have it at Parker’s Records and Comics.

Pricing, details (grade, side A/B, quantity) and sound clips for each of the above records can be found via the following links:

The Big Question-Bobby Miller

When You Love, You’re Loved Too-The Sons of Watt

Hate Yourself In The Morning-Steve Mancha

Ordering our records online is easy. Enter your billing and shipping information, provide details about the record you’re requesting, hit “Submit”, and amazing records will be on their way to you. Now that’s something to feel good about!

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There's a 60's Record for Everyone

by Administrator 19. January 2017 09:34

Growing up. Falling in love. Falling out of love.

The songs of the 60’s are as much about our modern lives as they have ever been. And with their unique lyrical style and heartfelt melodies, Pop Rock and Funk / Soul music, in particular, captures the essence of these tales better than music from any other era. It almost goes without saying that 60’s music offers the world more than just hidden gemsthe 60’s offers music for everyone.

Volt-The Fleets

Please Return to Me/Go Away by The Fleets-Volt 120

Was there ever a story more universal than the story of lost love? Well, as this Volt record from 1964 goes to show, it’s also a timeless one, too. “Please Return to Me” tells the classic tale of a man whose significant other has left him despite his best efforts to keep her happy. If you’re the sort of person who prefers happy endings, however, “Go Away” tells the story of a man who has moved on after his lover comes back for him. Could it be any more fitting for these two songs to be paired on the reverse of each other? No matter your preference, The Fleets deliver relatable lyrics and a pop rock sound that is certain to please every kind of listener.


Jet Set-Jimmy Castor

Why/Fabulous New York by Jimmy Castor-Jet Set Records 1009

Jimmy Castor was known for being able to produce everything from doo wop to hip hop and this classic record from 1966 is no different. Everything about Jet Set Records 1009 demonstrates exactly why Castor earned the title “The Everything Man”. But, in addition to the quality of sound you would expect from a Funk / Soul artist who peaked on the Billboard Hot 100, “Why?” and “Fabulous New York” also offers some unique flavor that can only be offered by an artist who grew up in The Big Apple. From sound to lyrics, this record is truly “everything”.

Thinkin' About You/This I Pray by Peps-D-Town 1060

Peps – or “The Fabulous Peps” as they are often and appropriately called – provided us with this wonder in 1966 under the D-Town label. Both “Thinkin’ About You” and “This I Pray” capture the spirit of Northern Soul. And while the former provides a classic, upbeat song about a man in love, “This I Pray” perfectly blends Funk / Soul and gospel inspiration with prayerful lyrics about asking for peace and strength. With an easy-going tempo, the sound of this song alone will immediately set you at ease. If you’ve been looking for a record that offers both Soul and soul, your prayers have been answered.

Parker's Records and Comics has the record meant for you.

From stories of finding love to stories of searching for peace and strength, we have a record from the 60’s that you are certain to enjoy. When you’re ready to call one of these your own, we have it at Parker’s Records and Comics.

Pricing, details (grade, side A/B, quantity) and sound clips for each of the above records can be found via the following links:

Please Return to Me-The Fleets

Why-Jimmy Castor

Thinkin’ About You-Peps

We provide a simple online ordering for any of our records. Enter your billing and shipping information, provide details about the record you’re requesting, and hit submit. From there, sit back, relax, and enjoy knowing that your records are on their way!

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Soul Legends and Hidden Gems of the 60's

by Administrator 8. December 2016 08:33

Have you ever experienced the “perfect” blend of blues, jazz and gospel music? With powerful blends of sound and equally compelling lyrics, the soul music of the 60’s is nothing short of life changing. In our previous post we explored only a few of our favorite soul 45’s, but today we’re thrilled to share some of the headliners – and hidden gems – that truly made the 60’s one of the best times to be a music listener.

Tide of Love by Miss LaVell – Duke

The two songs featured on this record, “Just Look At You Fool” and “Tide of Love”, carries the full depth of soul and blues that has made Miss Lavelle a living legend. If you listen closely, you can also hear a touch of gospel flavor inspired by the singer and songwriter’s rich history. This record was produced in 1961 by Duke Records owner Don. D. Robey in Houston, Texas.

 Duke-Tide of Love by Miss Lavell

Gotta Get To Know You by Bobby Bland – Duke

Duke Records is renowned for producing a number of blues and soul legends and Bobby ‘Blue’ Bland is without a doubt one of the most noteworthy. One listen to “Gotta Get To Know You” or “Baby, I’m On My Way” and you’ll understand why Bland was the label’s leading man. Produced in 1961 by Duke Records owner Don. D. Robey, this record is packed with soul from the “Lion of the Blues” himself.

 Duke-Gotta Get to Know You by Bobby Bland

New Girl by The Accents – M-Pac

Produced in 1964 by M-Pac owner George Leaner in Chicago, this record represents a hidden gem of 60’s soul music. This particular group only produced a couple of records on Mercury, M-Pac and One-Derful before breaking up, but “New Girl” promises an excellent R&B sound that is still as enjoyable today as it has ever been. Funk, soul, and a classic R&B sound that can only originate from Chicago’s south side are the perfect ingredients for a great music experience.

 M-Pac-New Girl by The Accents

Promises You Made To Me by Tina Marvel – Lu-Pine

Tina Marvel may be a lesser known artist from the 60’s but her music is nothing less than a marvel itself! Just listen to the soulfulness of “Promises You Made To Me” and “I Can’t Love No One But You” and you’ll understand why. This record was produced in 1964 by Lu-Pine owner Robert West and is a soulful treasure we promise you’ll love.

 Lu-Pine-Promises You Made To Me by Tina Marvel

From the legends to niche artists, Parker’s Collection offers it all!

You won’t find a more satisfying collection anywhere else. Let Parker’s Collection introduce you to your new favorite artist!

Pricing, details (grade, side A/B, quantity) and sound clips for each of the above records can be found via the following links:

Tide of Love-Miss Lavell

Gotta Get To Know You-Bobby Bland

New Girl-Accents

Promises You Made To Me-Tina Marvel

Online ordering is available for these or any of our other records here. It’s as simple as entering your billing and shipping information, the details of what you want and then hitting submit! From all of us at Parker’s Collection, we would be thrilled to help you complete your collection and discover the wonder of soul!

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A Few Soul 45's That Will Bring You Back

by Administrator 18. October 2016 10:35

You know those records that you see or hear every now and again that bring you back to a specific time in your life?  After writing our last blog post on prominent soul and R&B labels in the 60’s, we were inspired to share a few of them with you.  In our last post we touched on One-Derful, Okeh and Gordy.  In this post we’ll hit songs and groups from Motown (Gordy was a subsidiary label of Motown,) Mar-V-Lus and One-Derful again.  By the end of this post, you’ll feel like you were back in the 60’s!

Tomorrow & Always by Satintones—Motown

This love song may remind you of your first love, as the Satintones express their everyday love for that special someone.  This record was produced by Motown owner Berry Gordy, Jr. in Detroit, Michigan.  With Motown records like this, you’ll notice that the label is pink, meaning it was produced from 1959-1961.  Our next record features an updated blue label from 1961.

 Satintones-Tomorrow and Always

One Nighter-The Dynamic Superiors-Motown

Although it was produced by Hopsack & Silk Productions, this record was still a product of Motown.  There’s a whole lot of soul going on in this record.  It’s smooth on the ears, one of those songs that can immediately put you in a good mood.  It talks about a love so good, that it was worth sticking around for.  The record itself makes you want to stick around and listen to more of The Dynamic Superiors!

 One Nighter-Superiors

Hey Bobby-Bobby Starr-One-Derful

Our next record takes soul and throws an upbeat spin on it.  The harmonica in the heart of the song and soulful lyrics make you want to get up and dance like it was 1963 (when this record was released!)  It came off of the Leaner brothers (Ernie and George) label One-Derful, off of the famous Michigan Avenue in Chicago, IL.  Michigan Avenue isn’t just famous for shopping, it also featured some famous soul labels, including One-Derful, and Mar-V-Lus.

 Hey Bobby-Bobby Starr

Ain’t Gonna Cry No More-Josephine Taylor-Mar-V-Lus

Mar-V-Lus was owned by George Leaner.  It’s safe to say he liked putting a playful spin on the names of his record labels!  We have to agree, his labels and some of the records released on them were both “marvelous” and “wonderful.”  This tune is certainly one to dance to, and can pick you right up out of the blues.

 Josephine Taylor-Ain't Gonna Cry No More

 

Soul 45 in mind?  Explore Parker’s Collection-we probably have it!

With our enormous collection, we can supply you with enough records to take you back to the soulful 60’s for days of listening!

Pricing, details (grade, side A/B, quantity) and sound clips for each of the above records can be found via the following links:

Tomorrow and Always-Satintones

One Nighter-The Dynamic Superiors

Hey Bobby-Bobby Starr

Ain’t Gonna Cry No More-Josephine Taylor

Online ordering is available for these or any of our other records here.  It’s as simple as entering your billing and shipping information, the details of what you want and then hitting submit!  We hope to add much needed records to your collection or supply a few that give you déjà vu.

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Prominent Soul and R&B Labels in the 60's

by Administrator 6. September 2016 14:59

When going through a collection of soul 45’s or thinking back on some of the records we used to own, it could be easy to remember certain records by the large labels at the top.  Prepare for some nostalgia as we go through a few prominent Soul/R&B labels from the 1960’s.

Gordy

Owner Berry Gordy Jr. held Gordy from 1962 to 1981 in Detroit, Michigan.  You may think of Gordy and remember the Motown Record label as well, because Gordy Records was a product or division of this label.  In the 60’s Gordy was primarily focused on soul and had several successful artists including:

·         The Temptations

·         Marv Johnson

·         Edwin Star

·         Bobby Taylor

·         The Contours

·         And many more…

 Gordy Record

The Gordy division of Motown had a slogan, “If It’s a Hit, It’s a Miracle” that was later changed to avoid confusion with “The Miracles.)

Okeh

Founded by Otto Heinman in New York, NY, Okeh was primarily in business from 1951 to 1968 where they were known for soul.  Some of the artists on Okeh in the 60’s included:

·         Vibrations

·         Billy Butler & The Chanters

·         Ted Taylor

·         Otis Williams

·         And many more…

 

Okeh Record

Fun fact-you may have seen the Okeh logo taking your kids shopping at Forever 21, because their logo has been used on clothing there!

One-Derful

Ernie and George Leaner started One-Derful in Chicago, IL, and worked from 1962-1968 with an emphasis on soul.  The label featured artists like:

·         Bobby Starr

·         The Five Du-Tones

·         Otis Clay

·         Sharpees

·         And many more…

 one-derful Record

If you’re looking for a one-derful record on Google, you may have found “Secret Stash,” who purchased a large portion of the collection.  At Parker’s, we still have some in stock!

Parker’s Records

At Parker’s Records and Comics we carry various records from each of these labels, along with a lot of other soul and northern soul records.  If you’re looking for something in particular give us a call at (513) 575-3665, or explore our entire collection online!

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45 RPM Records and Picture Sleeves For Sale

by Administrator 27. July 2016 13:21

It’s hard to find a place to begin with Parker’s Records and Comics website, because the website and business itself has so much to offer for collectors.  You would think by the name that it’s self-explanatory, but really there is much more to it than just “Records and Comics.”  Focusing specifically on records, they come from different eras that helped create the rich history music currently has.  Some of the artists influenced modern musicians and the sound that some genres have today.  What Parker’s is known for is the collection of 45 RPM records and picture sleeves, sold separately or at times together.  While exploring the online catalog, you’ll notice sound clips, a breakdown of categories or genres, grading, pricing and more.

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Whether you’re looking for a specific album or just exploring all of the 45’s Parker’s has to offer, it’s a breeze navigating the website.  To shop for records, you’ll just need to mouse over the “Records” section in the top navigation, select a genre like “Soul Records and Funk Records (45’s) and then click the red search box.  From there, you can look specifically at new listings, or search alphabetically by artist (last name if applicable.)

Parker's Online Inventory Search

Something that separates Parker’s from the pack is the massive collection of sound clips that are available with most records.   Owner Don Parker updates these regularly in the case you’d like to verify that a certain record is exactly what you’re looking for or just enjoy a few older sounds to reminisce, you’ll have no trouble at all.  All you need to do is see something you want to listen to that is underlined and displayed in blue as a link, click it and you’ll start to hear that specific track!

One thing that is especially important to collectors is the grading.  Don grades using the standards listed in Goldmine Magazine, and he understands that grading is a subjective practice.  Therefore offers 14 days to return a record if anyone is dissatisfied.  See the full details, here.

After reading through the basic information of a record like its grading and genre, you’ll come across the price.  A number of factors are incorporated into pricing, but Parker’s is confident that they price competitively, because they’re often below the magazines or other guides price levels. 

 

If you’re in the market for an old classic or looking to improve your collection, Parker’s is the clear choice.  Everything from lesser known artists and records, to big names like The Temptations are among the many you’ll find.  You can look back to our last post on Northern Soul authorities, their picks and how Parker’s inventory stacks up to get a better idea of the depth the collection has.

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Northern Soul Authorities: Artists, Tunes and Our Inventory

by Administrator 6. June 2016 10:20

Before discussing records, it’s important to know some of the history to help us appreciate the music.  Northern Soul is a genre that started in the early to mid 1960’s and made its way to the 70’s (we still hear northern soul or pieces of it today!)  It originated in Great Britain through mixing soul and some motown sound.  As the music evolved, so did the dance styles associated with it.  This rich history is part of the reason why collectors are often times seeking 45’s from this genre.

We were curious as to what some authorities in the industry though were the best tunes or so called anthems of this genre at the time, along with the artists that created them.  On top of this, we wanted to confirm if we had any inventory from these artists in our collection (keep in mind, our inventory is updated constantly!)  See the artists we have from the lists below (and view the full lists at NME Blog and Manchester Evening News.)

·         Pointer Sisters

o   Several records, most of which are in mint condition and under $10

·         Fred Hughes

o   7 records are in stock, all graded in some form of Mint condition with prices ranging from $12-$40

·         Edward Hamilton & The Arabians

o   One record in stock-Thank Your Mother and the instrumental on the B side for $15, Mint condition

·         Tyrone Davis

o   Over 20 45’s in stock at a range of prices and grades

·         Johnnie Taylor

o   Over 20 45’s in stock here as well including the “Wanted One Soul Singer” LP from 1967 in Mint condition

·         Jackie Wilson

o   50 items in our current collection!

·         Chubby Checker

o   Plenty to choose from, from Mr. Checker!

·         Linda Jones

o   Soul balads and deep soul in our inventory

·         Gloria Jones

o   Only a few select items, all in mint condition

·         Marvin Gaye

o   As you would likely expect, we have a lot of Marvin in our collection!  One of our favorites being the “Moods Of” LP from 1968, for $150

·         Tony Clarke

o   5 items in stock

·         The Dells

o   A few items in our inventory

What we’re trying to say is that we probably have something you’re looking for in our collection, and if not, we may be able to find it for you!  We’re proud to offer our 45’s and LP’s at prices that are, for the most part, lower than the value set in price guides.  Our goal is to bring you the highest quality, at the best price, and we’ve been fortunate to have some of the rarest vinyl’s pass through our doors.  Some of the recent additions to our stock include (WOL: Writing on Label---Promo: Promotional Copy):

1.       Jackie And The Umpires-Three Kinds Of Love-Cool Party (Promo)-Sew City-107-Mint (W.O.L.)-Soul-$120.00

 

 The Umpires-Three Kinds of Love

2.       Neptunes-I Don`t Cry Anymore-I`m Coming Home-Victoria-102-Mint- -Soul-$125.00

 Neptunes-I Don't Cry Anymore

3.       Sims, Marvin L.-Get Off My Back-Danger (Promo)-Revue-11038-Mint-Soul/Deep Soul-$100.00

 Marvin L Sims-Get Off My Back

4.       Tides-Who Told You-Bring It Home To Me-620-1007-Mint-Soul-$250.00

The Tides-Who Told You

5.       Jenkins, Donald & The Delighters-I`ve Settled Down-Hide And Go Seek (Promo)-Cortland-116-Mint-Soul-$100.00

 Donald Jenkins and The Delighters-I've Settled Down

Next time you’re looking to add to your collection, bring back some memories or just hear a good nostalgic album, you know where to go!  Parker’s RC is a 45’s dealer that’s been meeting collector’s needs since 1979, and we’re looking forward to doing this for years to come.  Browse our inventory on our main website.  Thanks for reading!

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Free Comic Book Day 2016

by Administrator 2. May 2016 15:47

Free Comic Book Day is right around the corner!  On May 7th 2016 hundreds of thousands, potentially millions of comic books will be distributed around the globe, for free!  Those that read comics are always excited for this day, while many kids and adults will become fans of comics afterwards.  For over 5 years Parker's Records and Comics has been participating in this event.  This year at Milford Junior High of the greater Cincinnati area,  Parker's will be donating over 1100 comics!  Last year we gave away 8 boxes, this year we have over 10!  More than 50 titles and $1000 worth of comic books will be distributed.  We're pleased to be a part of this event and will continue to be for years to come.

Learn more about free comic book day, here.  Also, be sure to explore our collection of comics and records on Parker's main website!

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Charted Hits-Picture Sleeves

by Administrator 27. April 2016 08:09

At Parker’s we’re proud to sell Charted Hits 45’s.  Our collection includes the 45’s and picture sleeves, along with some 45’s that are specifically made for jukeboxes.  Needless to say, there are some intriguing items in our stock.

Browsing through our charted hits 45’s collection you’ll encounter the Beatles, Brenda Lee, Steely Dan and so many more phenomenal artists with their respective records.   Some items go as low as $1.00, with other rare, mint condition records surpassing $300.00.  You will find them all while exploring.

A common misconception with charted hits is that all of them were widely available, and this simply is not true.  For example:  In stock we have the Rolling Stones 1965 picture sleeve for “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction.”  Although pretty much everyone has heard this song at some point in their life, the release of the picture sleeve was limited, and it is now a rare item (that we have in stock!)  Another excellent example is the picture sleeve for “Happy Together” by Turtles, which we also have in stock.

On our website you can find more information regarding our charted hits and other 45’s for sale.  It often comes as a surprise to those browsing that we have an outstanding comic book collection too!  We encourage you to explore, whether it be for your collection, nostalgia or sheer listening pleasure.  Thank you for reading!

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45's | Parkers RC

by Administrator 14. April 2016 09:00

Parker’s Records and Comics have a masterful collection of 45’s from the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s records and vintage vinyls. Offering a variety of all types of music, Parker’s has an unparalleled selection. Anything from Funk and Soul,  to Instrumental and pop rock can be found in our store! All of these records can be found online as well, for your browsing convenience.

    

A popular item at Parker’s is our collection of 45’s that include Funk records which originated in the 1960’s, when African American musicians felts like their music needed a “pick-me-up,” or something people could dance to. It was based off of the styles of previous genres such as jazz and R&B, and it is meant to be just a more upbeat. Along with our Funk selection we have Soul records in 45’s that are a mix of gospel and blues. 45’s from artists like Ray Charles and Little Richard are found here.

 

45 rpm records themselves released in 1949 from RCA as a higher quality, more durable replacement for 78 rpm shellac discs. They were originally produced in mono, but as stereo increased in popularity they started to be produced in that fashion. This was in the 60's and became true for nearly all 45's in the 70's.

 

We have over 35,000 free samples that cover most of our songs on the website, and we're adding more as we speak! If the song has a music note next to it, you can click on it and it will play a sample of each song. We update our inventory regularly so there are always new samples to listen too. While listening you'll find information on each record. From the songs on each side, to the label and even the grade, we want your buying experience to be flawless.


If you’re interested in any of our offerings, explore our 45 record collection, or contact us via email! Thank you for visiting Parker's!

 

 

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