Gloria Parker was a musician and bandleader who performed the marimba and the “singing glasses,” or glass harp.
Parker’s “singing glasses” had been a set of 28 wine glasses, full of various quantities of water or white wine. Working her fingers alongside the edges, Parker created music that was featured in venues from her personal Nineteen Fifties radio present to late night time TV exhibits to the Woody Allen film “Broadway Danny Rose.” Within the later, she performed one of many expertise agent title character’s shoppers, who cheerfully demonstrated her ability to a resort proprietor in search of new acts. Parker was the bandleader of the Swingphony, a 21-piece band that was the biggest led by a feminine bandleader. They performed on her radio program, “The Gloria Parker Present,” through which she additionally performed the glass harp, marimba, and organ. Parker additionally carried out in Soundies, a Forties precursor to the music video that might be performed in video jukeboxes.
Parker on the glass harp
“One drop both method makes a distinction. Top, circumference — all of it makes a distinction soundwise.” —from a 2012 interview for the Day by day Information
Tributes to Gloria Parker
Full obituary: The New York Occasions