James S. Parker was born April 24, 1940 into a musical family—his grandfather Frank Gore and uncle Lou Gore were both professional musicians. James attended Lane Tech High School in Chicago and graduated from Illinois Wesleyan University in 1963. In 1967, Parker worked as a part-time photographer and later as a partner at Copelin Commercial Photographs, which was established in Chicago in 1856. Parker bought Copelin in 1972. Following this, he worked at City Hall in Chicago and served as an aide to Congressman Frank Annunzio until 1992.
Description: Consists of published sheet music and method books by New York and Chicago publishers dating between 1860 and 1970. The music was used by Jim Parker's grandfather, Frank Gore, who had a small band in the early 1900s and his grandfather's brother, Lou Gore who played piano in this band as well as several other local bands in Poy Sippi, Wisconsin after WWII. During WWII Lou served in the Canadian army as a military musician.