DJ and record collector Dez Parkes has died.

Friend Fitzroy Anthoney Facey, who is also director of The Soul Survives Magazine, confirmed Parkes’ death over the weekend. It is unclear at this stage what caused his death.

“It’s with our deepest sorrow that we inform you of the death of our beloved friend, the legendary Dez Parkes, our brother in music who sadly passed away today,” Facey posted on Facebook.

“The family are still processing this massive loss so please respect their privacy at this sad time”.

It is with our deepest sorrow that we inform you of the death of our beloved friend the legendary Dez Parkes, our…

Posted by Fitzroy Anthoney Facey on Friday, November 11, 2022

Parkes began DJing at Soho venue Whisky A Go Go in the 1970s, before teaming up with Trevor Shakes to launch Spats, the UK’s first club dedicated to underground boogie music.

In 1987, he was approached by RCA Records to curate ‘Rare’, a series of compilations responsible for kickstarting the rare groove revival.

He went on to helm a handful of other notable compilations, including ‘Motown Rare Grooves’, ‘The Best Of Pleasure’ and ‘Mastercuts’.

He was dubbed the “walking encyclopedia of music” by friends after three decades of working and mentoring in dance music, according to Mixmag.

Many fellow DJs and friends paid tribute to the late DJ with broadcaster Mark Webster writing: “Just heard of the sad passing of Dez Parkes. Hero on the dance floor, aces behind the decks, a man who knew his boogie tunes, and who helped keep the memory of his mate Laurie Cunningham alive (see @D1fferentClass brilliant book).”

Fellow DJ Lorraine King added: “Dez Parkes was one of the most respected soul DJs in the country & one the UK’s most knowledgeable sources of music information. He was also one of the driving forces behind the RARE LP series which introduced many to the rare groove genre. RIP Sir & thank you for the music.”

Another wrote: “My heart is broken once again. Rest in peace Dez Parkes. You may not have heard of him, but without him you wouldn’t have heard of a lot of artists and he helped launch many careers including mine.”

You can view a host of tributes below:

Just heard of the sad passing of Dez Parkes. Hero on the dance floor, aces behind the decks, a man who knew his boogie tunes, and who helped keep the memory of his mate Laurie Cunningham alive (see @D1fferentClass brilliant book) pic.twitter.com/MwS4adh3SX

— Mark Webster (@ItsMarkWebster) November 12, 2022

Dez Parkes was one of the most respected soul DJs in the country & one the UK’s most knowledgeable sources of music information.
He was also one of the driving forces behind the RARE LP series which introduced many to the rare groove genre.
RIP Sir & thank you for the music pic.twitter.com/4EOmJejt71

— Lorraine King (@lorrainemking) November 11, 2022

My heart is broken once again. Rest in peace Dez Parkes . You may not have heard of him, but without him you wouldn’t have heard of a lot of artists and he helped launch many careers including mine. pic.twitter.com/eTrFbnqeIL

— Mooli (@moolimusic) November 11, 2022

Truly sorry to hear about the death of Dez Parkes, one of those quietly influential London DJs whose knowledge and love for black music was fathoms deep. RIP

— Bill Brewster (@djhistory) November 12, 2022

R.I.P. #DezParkes. #Respect sustained. pic.twitter.com/09BlO6jxGT

— FunK (@DaMFunK) November 11, 2022

Still sad about Noel McKoy and now we’ve lost Dez Parkes?!? Gutting news.

Huge on the club scene from the 80s, in addition to DJing on Laser and Dance FM, he compiled essential collections for vinyl junkies such as the Rare series and Mastercuts to name but two. Rest in peace. https://t.co/BcmUzreu6b

— Lorna_TVeditor (@Lorna_TVeditor) November 12, 2022

Re-immersing myself in one of my most treasured albums/compilations of the 90s and 00s, and acknowledging the creative mastery of Dez Parkes. Enormously sad news. pic.twitter.com/PtYzh8phdS

— Dr Kat Alcock (@KatClinPsy) November 12, 2022

RIP Dez Parkes. King of the compilation. No doubt.

— shaun roberts (@shaunrroberts) November 11, 2022

RIP Dez Parkes – thank you for the knowledge

— Rob Cockerton (@bertie_cee) November 12, 2022

Dez Parkes has passed away
Terribly sad news

— Greg Emmerson (@gregemmerson_) November 11, 2022

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