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Melvin Sparks

g, 1946-2011 US, Houston
Musician of Jazz and R&B/Soul

Melvin Sparks (March 22, 1946 – March 15, 2011) was an American soul jazz, hard bop and jazz blues guitarist. He recorded a number of albums for Prestige Records, later recording for Savant Records. He appeared on several recordings with musicians including Lou Donaldson, Sonny Stitt, Leon Spencer and Johnny Hammond Smith.He was seen on Northeastern television commercials as the voice of Price Chopper's House of BBQ advertising campaign.Sparks died on March 15, 2011, at age 64, at his home in Mount Vernon, New York. He had diabetes and high blood pressure.

  • Guitar
  • Vocals
  • Bass guitar
  • Jazz
  • R&B/Soul
  • Blues
Popular Tracks   
Texas Twister on Texas Twister / '75 by Melvin Sparks
If You Want My Love on Texas Twister / '75 by Melvin Sparks
Get Ya Some on Texas Twister / '75 by Melvin Sparks
The Cisco Kid on The Cisco Kid by Various Artists
The Last Tango In Paris on The Cisco Kid by Various Artists
Thank You - Part 1 on Jazz Dispensary: The Dank D-Funk Blend by Various Artists
Superfly on The Cisco Kid by Various Artists
Who's Gonna Take The Weight - Single Version on Jazz Dispensary: Soul Diesel, Vol. 2 by Various Artists
Ain't No Woman (Like the One I Got) - Live on Live at Nectar's by Melvin Sparks
Ain't No Woman on Texas Twister / '75 by Melvin Sparks

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Band Members

Title Artist Year Type
Live at Nectar'sMelvin Sparks2017Album
I'm Funky NowMelvin Sparks2017Album
If You Want My Love / Get Down With The Get DownMelvin Sparks2016Single
If You Want My Love / Slow DownMelvin Sparks / Rogue Soul2008Single
Groove On UpMelvin Sparks2006Album
This Is It!Melvin Sparks2005Album
It Is What It IsMelvin Sparks2004Album
I'm A 'Gittar' PlayerMelvin Sparks1997Album
Melvin SparksMelvin Sparks1996Compil.
Texas Twister / '75Melvin Sparks1995Compil.
Sparks! / AkilahMelvin Sparks1993Compil.
Lenox And SeventhAlvin Queen / Lonnie Smith Feat. Melvin Sparks1985Album
SparklingMelvin Sparks1982Album
Get Ya SomeMelvin Sparks1975Single
Melvin Sparks '75Melvin Sparks1975Album
I've Got To Have YouMelvin Sparks1974Single
Ain't No Woman (Like The One I Got)Melvin Sparks1973Single
Texas TwisterMelvin Sparks1973Album
Akilah!Melvin Sparks1972Album
Spark PlugMelvin Sparks1971Album
Thank YouMelvin Sparks1970Single
Sparks!Melvin Sparks1970Album
Who's Gonna Take The WeightMelvin SparksSingle
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