Patty Parker Paves the Way for Female Musicians

A true renaissance woman in every sense of the word, Patty Parker was a trailblazer for women in the music industry. Beginning her career as a singer for John Brown University’s musical group, The Harmonaires, Parker traveled across the nation, captivating the hearts and ears of many, including her future husband, Frank Fara. Floored by her stunning voice, Fara recruited Parker to join his traveling country music roadshow and renamed it “The Frank Fara Show featuring Patty Parker.”

Although Parker had an amazing voice, she could also keep rhythm with the best of them, doubling as a drummer for the traveling act. In fact, she was one of the only female drummers on the Nevada casino circuit. Her rhythmic chops led her to the studios of Nashville, Tennessee, where she began producing albums for hundreds of artists and was named “Music Row’s Favorite Independent Female Record Producer,” paving the way for other women in the male-dominated industry. Achieving success after success as a record producer, Parker eventually opened Comstock Records with her husband, Fara, and the two went on to produce hundreds of hits together across Canada, the United States and Europe.

A remarkably influential woman, we’re honored to have a selection of Parker’s classic recordings as a part of our Vintage Collection. Explore the music of this multi-talented songstress below and enjoy.

Posted on April 6, 2017 .