Tampa Red

Real Name:
Hudson Whittaker
Profile:
Blues singer and guitarist, born January 8, 1904, Smithville, GA, USA, died March 19, 1981, Chicago, IL, USA.
Tampa Red came by his nick-name because he was raised in Tampa, Florida, and because of his red hair. In the 1920s he formed a team with Georgia Tom (Dorsey), also known as The Hokum Boys. Tampa Red also created jug bands such as Tampa Red's Hokum Jug Band (featuring a young Frankie Jaxon), and The Tub Jug Washboard Band, which backed blues singer Ma Rainey. He also recorded alone, and cut a number of exquisite guitar solos.
Already 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 and single-string solo style inspired a number of other blues guitarists, among them Big Bill Broonzy and Robert Nighthawk.
Tampa Red was also a prolific songwriter, 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 by B.B. King, Freddy King, Fats Domino, and Elmore James, respectively). He may have been the most influential of the early 20th century blues guitarists.
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BV 1030 Don't Tampa With The Blues — Tampa Red Tampa Red Don't Tampa With The Blues (Album) Prestige Bluesville BV 1030 US 1960 Sell This Version
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BV 1043 Don't Jive Me  — Tampa Red Tampa Red Don't Jive Me (Album) Prestige Bluesville BV 1043 US 1962 Sell This Version
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Singles & EPs

1264 Some Cold Rainy Day / Hard Times Blues — Tampa Red Chippie Hill* and Tampa Red Chippie Hill* and Tampa Red - Some Cold Rainy Day / Hard Times Blues(Shellac, 10") Vocalion (2) 1264 US 1928 Sell This Version
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1216 Grievin' Me Blues / It's Tight Like That — Tampa Red Georgia Tom / Tampa Red And Georgia Tom Georgia Tom / Tampa Red And Georgia Tom - Grievin' Me Blues / It's Tight Like That(Shellac, 10") Vocalion (2) 1216 US 1928 Sell This Version
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12685 How Long How Long / Through Train Blues — Tampa Red Blind Lemon Jefferson / Tampa Red Blind Lemon Jefferson / Tampa Red - How Long How Long / Through Train Blues(Shellac, 10") Paramount 12685 US 1928 Sell This Version
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1277 Plenty Gals Blues / The Duck Yas-Yas-Yas — Tampa Red Memphis Joe / Tampa Red And Georgia Tom Memphis Joe / Tampa Red And Georgia Tom - Plenty Gals Blues / The Duck Yas-Yas-Yas(Shellac, 10") Vocalion (2) 1277 US 1929 Sell This Version
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1428 Jim Jackson's Jamboree — Tampa Red Jim Jackson (2), Tampa Red, Georgia Tom, Speckled Red Jim Jackson (2), Tampa Red, Georgia Tom, Speckled Red - Jim Jackson's Jamboree(Shellac, 10") Vocalion (2) 1428 US 1929 Sell This Version
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1429 Mama Don't Allow No Easy Riders Here / Strewin' Your Mess — Tampa Red Tampa Red and Georgia Tom Tampa Red and Georgia Tom - Mama Don't Allow No Easy Riders Here / Strewin' Your Mess(Shellac, 10") Vocalion (2) 1429 US 1929 Sell This Version
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1286 Pat That Bread / Arkansas — Tampa Red Georgia Tom And Tampa Red / Henry Thomas Georgia Tom And Tampa Red / Henry Thomas - Pat That Bread / Arkansas(Shellac, 10") Vocalion (2) 1286 US 1929 Sell This Version
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1244 Chicago Moan Blues / It's Tight Like That-Part 2 — Tampa Red Tampa Red, "The Guitar Wizard"* With George Tom* Tampa Red, "The Guitar Wizard"* With George Tom* - Chicago Moan Blues / It's Tight Like That-Part 2(Shellac, 10") Vocalion (2) 1244 US 1929 Sell This Version
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1246 Long Ago Blues / Lonesome Man Blues — Tampa Red Georgia Tom And Tampa Red Georgia Tom And Tampa Red - Long Ago Blues / Lonesome Man Blues(Shellac, 10") Vocalion (2) 1246 US 1929 Sell This Version
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1251 Jelly Whippin' Blues / Train Time Blues — Tampa Red Tampa Red "The Guitar Wizard"* With Georgia Tom Tampa Red "The Guitar Wizard"* With Georgia Tom - Jelly Whippin' Blues / Train Time Blues(Shellac, 10") Vocalion (2) 1251 US 1929 Sell This Version
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1538 The Dirty Dozen No. 2 / I. C. Moan Blues — Tampa Red Tampa Red "The Guitar Wizard"* The Dirty Dozen No. 2 / I. C. Moan Blues Vocalion (2) 1538 US 1930 Sell This Version
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1521 You Rascal You No. 1 / You Rascal You No. 2 — Tampa Red Tampa Red And Georgia Tom Tampa Red And Georgia Tom - You Rascal You No. 1 / You Rascal You No. 2 Banner 1521 US 1930 Sell This Version
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1450 Corrine Corrina / Kunjine Baby — Tampa Red Tampa Red And Georgia Tom / Georgia Tom, Tampa Red And Frankie Jaxon Tampa Red And Georgia Tom / Georgia Tom, Tampa Red And Frankie Jaxon - Corrine Corrina / Kunjine Baby(Shellac, 10") Vocalion (2) 1450 US 1930 Sell This Version
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1496 But They Got It Fixed Right On / Corrine Corrina - Part 2 — Tampa Red Tampa Red and Georgia Tom Tampa Red and Georgia Tom - But They Got It Fixed Right On / Corrine Corrina - Part 2(Shellac, 10", Single) Vocalion (2) 1496 US 1930 Sell This Version
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1456 That Stuff You Sell / Station Time Blues — Tampa Red Tampa Red And Georgia Tom / Tampa Red Tampa Red And Georgia Tom / Tampa Red - That Stuff You Sell / Station Time Blues(Shellac, 10") Vocalion (2) 1456 US 1930 Sell This Version
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1469 Worried Man Blues / Mrs. Baker's Blues — Tampa Red Tampa Red And Georgia Tom / Tampa Red "The Guitar Wizard"* Tampa Red And Georgia Tom / Tampa Red "The Guitar Wizard"* - Worried Man Blues / Mrs. Baker's Blues(Shellac, 10") Vocalion (2) 1469 US 1930 Sell This Version
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1654 New Strangers Blues / Georgia Hound Blues — Tampa Red Tampa Red And Georgia Tom / Tampa Red "The Guitar Wizard"* Tampa Red And Georgia Tom / Tampa Red "The Guitar Wizard"* - New Strangers Blues / Georgia Hound Blues Vocalion (2) 1654 US 1931 Sell This Version
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1608 Bear Cat's Kitten / Unhappy Blues  — Tampa Red Tampa Red And Georgia Tom Tampa Red And Georgia Tom - Bear Cat's Kitten / Unhappy Blues (Shellac, 10") Vocalion (2) 1608 US 1931 Sell This Version
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1637 Things 'Bout Coming My Way / Cotton Seed Blues — Tampa Red Tampa Red "The Guitar Wizard"* Things 'Bout Coming My Way / Cotton Seed Blues(Shellac, 10") Vocalion (2) 1637 US 1931 Sell This Version
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1572 Dying Mercy Blues / Broken Love = Amor Roto — Tampa Red Tampa Red "The Guitar Wizard"* Dying Mercy Blues / Broken Love = Amor Roto(Shellac, 10") Vocalion (2) 1572 US 1931 Sell This Version
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1661 Stop And Listen Blues / Down In Spirit Blues — Tampa Red Tampa Red "The Guitar Wizard"* Stop And Listen Blues / Down In Spirit Blues(Shellac, 10") Vocalion (2) 1661 US 1931 Sell This Version
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1577 Jack Tampa Red "The Guitar Wizard"* Jack "The Ripper" Blues / It's My Time Blues(Shellac, 10") Vocalion (2) 1577 US 1931 Sell This Version
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B-5450 I'll Find My Way / You've Got To Do Better — Tampa Red Tampa Red I'll Find My Way / You've Got To Do Better Bluebird (3) B-5450 US 1934 Sell This Version

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bblappie

November 21, 2016
The real name of Tampa Red? Here is noted Hudson Whittaker, on the liner notes of crb 1080 he is noted as Hudson Woodbridge, on that lp he plays with the pseudonym Jimmy Eager

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