Tampa Red

Hudson Whittaker

Also known as T. Red, Tampa Red, "The Guitar Wizard", Tampa Redd, Whittaker

Discography of Tampa Red:

# Release title Total tracks Type of release is Imprint date Label
1 The Guitar Wizard: 1935-1953 14 Audio 1974 Blues Classics
2 Bottleneck Guitar 1928-1937 14 Audio 1973 Yazoo
3 Bottleneck Guitar 1928-1937 14 Audio 1992 Yazoo
4 The Guitar Wizard 18 Audio 1996 Orbis
5 Early In The Morning / Elevate Me Mama 2 Audio Archive Records (3)
6 Rhythm & Blues Vol.3 4 Audio 1965 RCA
7 Bottleneck Guitar 1928-1937 14 Audio Yazoo
8 Mrs. Baker's Blues / Worried Man Blues 2 Audio Vocalion (2)
9 That Don't Matter Now / Grouchy Hearted Woman 2 Audio 1938 Bluebird (3)
10 1928-1946 20 Audio Best Of Blues
11 Don't Tampa With The Blues 10 Audio 1960 Prestige Bluesville
12 Big Stars Falling Blues 2 Audio 1954 RCA Victor
13 The Dirty Dozen No. 2 / I. C. Moan Blues 2 Audio 1930 Vocalion (2)
14 When Things Go Wrong With You / Come On, If You're Coming 2 Audio RCA Victor
15 Better Let My Gal Alone / Mercy Mama 2 Audio 1945 Bluebird (3)
16 Mean Old Tom Cat Blues / Shake It Up A Little 2 Audio 1935 Bluebird (3)
17 Kunjine Baby / Corrine Corrina 2 Audio Vocalion (2)
18 Drifting / Mercy Mama 2 Audio RCA Victor
19 I Need You By My Side / Blue And Evil Blues 2 Audio 1936 Bluebird (3)
20 But I Forgive You / I'm Gonna Put You Down 2 Audio 1952 RCA Victor
21 Complete Recorded Works In Chronological Order: Volume 14 (26 January 1949 To 20 March 1951) 23 Audio 1993 Document Records (2)
22 Vol. 1 (Bluebird No. 11) 16 Audio RCA
23 Tampa Red 16 Audio Memory
24 Chicago Blues (1935-1942) 34 Audio 1985
25 Don't Tampa With The Blues 10 Audio 1987
26 Don´t Jive Me 11 Audio 1992 Original Blues Classics
27 (1928-1942) It's Tight Like That 18 Audio 1983 Blues Documents
28 Midnight Blues 1949-1951 16 Audio Bluetime
29 1932 - 1953: "You Can't Get That Stuff No More" 20 Audio 1977 Oldie Blues
30 Big Maceo With Tampa Red In Chicago 1941 - 1946 14 Audio Not On Label
31 Crazy With The Blues 16 Audio 1981 Oldie Blues
32 Tampa Red 1935-1942 18 Audio 1987 Old Tramp
33 Don´t Jive Me 11 Audio 1962 Prestige Bluesville
34 Tampa Red 1944-1952 Featuring Johnny Jones 16 Audio 1983 Krazy Kat
35 Get It Cats ! 16 Audio 1989 Swingtime
36 The Guitar Wizard 17 Audio 1994
37 The Male Blues Vol. 2 4 Audio Jazz Collector
38 The Bluebird Recordings 1936-1938 45 Audio 1997 RCA
39 That's The Way I Do / The Operator Special 4 Audio 1936 Bluebird (3)
40 I'll Be Up Again Some Day / I Oughta Bite You 2 Audio 1947 RCA Victor


Born: Jan. 8, 1904, Smithville, GA, USA.

Died: March 19, 1981, Chicago, IL, USA.

One of Chicago's earliest blues guitar stars.

He came by his nick-name because he was raised in Tampa, Florida and because of his red hair.

He is best recalled as part of the team of Tampa Red and Georgia Tom (Dorsey), - The Hokum Boys. But, Tampa Red also created several "Jug" bands including 'Tampa Red's Hokum Jug Band' (which incidentally featured a young Frankie Jaxon), and 'The Tub Jug Washboard Band' which did a lot of recording with blues singer Ma Rainey. He also recorded alone, and cut a number of exquisite guitar solos. By the time of his 1928 recording debut for Vocalion, he had developed the clear, precise bottleneck blues guitar style that earned him his billing, The Guitar Wizard'. His "Bottleneck Guitar" and single-string solo style, inspired a number of other early Chicago Blues guitarists, namely, Big Bill Broonzy and Robert Nighthawk.

Tampa Red was also one of the most prolific Blues composers, writing such Blues standards as "Sweet Black Angel", "Love Her With A Feeling", "Don't You Lie To Me", and "It Hurts Me Too" (covered respectively by B.B. King, Freddy King, Fats Domino and Elmore James among others). He was perhaps the most influential of all the early 20th century Blues guitarists.


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