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Tampa Red – Photo of The Week!

Tampa Red – Photo of The Week!

Tampa Red, is an American Chicago blues musician. Who is best known as a blues guitarist who had a distinctive single-string slide style. His songwriting and his bottleneck technique influences other leading Chicago blues guitarists, such as Big Bill Broonzy, Robert Nighthawk. As well as, Muddy Waters, Elmore James and Mose Allison. In a career spanning over 30 years he also recorded pop, R&B and hokum songs. His best-known recordings include “Anna Lou Blues”, “Black Angel Blues”, “Crying Won’t Help You”, “It Hurts Me Too”.  And “Love Her with a Feeling”.

Though not widely known or listened to in the 1990s, Tampa Red is one of the seminal figures in blues history. His career spanned the 26 years from 1928 to 1954, the Golden Age of the blues. He cut nearly 230 sides and released more 78s than any other blues artist. He formed a vital link between the country blues of the 1920s and the electric Chicago blues of the postwar era. His songs were popular with the record public and other artists who covered them frequently. His impeccable slide guitar technique influenced blues players like Muddy Waters, Elmore James, and Robert Nighthawk, and rock-era musicians like Ry Cooder. What’s more, his help and kindness enabled countless musicians to get a foothold in the Chicago clubs and recording studios of the 1930s and 1940s.

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