Charles Christopher Parker
29, 1920, in Kansas City, Kansas
12, 1955, in New York
Rebecca Ruffin, 1936; Geraldine Scott, 1943; Doris Snyder, 1948;
and Chan Richardson, 1950; He had five children.
There are two stories.
1. He lived "free as a bird."
2. When touring with Jay McShann, they accidentally hit a chicken
(a yardbird) with their car and Parker made them stop to pick it
up so he could have his landlady cook it for him.