Tampa Red

Hudson Whittaker (born Hudson Woodbridge, January 8, 1903 – March 19, 1981), known as Tampa Red, was an American Chicago blues musician.

Tampa Red is best known as a blues guitarist who had a distinctive single-string slide style. His songwriting and his bottleneck technique influenced other leading Chicago blues guitarists, such as Big Bill Broonzy, Robert Nighthawk and Muddy Waters, and many others, including 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".

Birth and Death Data: Born January 8th, 1904 (Smithville), Died Chicago

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1928 - 1942

Roles Represented in DAHR: vocalist, guitar, composer, leader, kazoo, lyricist, songwriter, piano, electric guitar, speaker, yodeling

Notes: Often sub-credited as "The Guitar Wizard." Compositions generally credited as Hudson Whittaker, his real name.

Recordings (Results 1-25 of 234 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BVE-48619 10-in. 11/23/1928 It's tight like that McKinney's Cotton Pickers Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Victor BVE-48755 10-in. 12/14/1928 Rolling mill stomp State Street Stompers Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor BVE-48756 10-in. 12/14/1928 Panama blues State Street Stompers Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor BS-80381 10-in. 3/22/1934 I'll kill your soul (And dare your spirit to move) Tampa Red Male vocal solo, with kazoo, guitar, and piano vocalist, composer, instrumentalist, kazoo, guitar, lyricist  
Victor BS-80382 10-in. 3/22/1934 If I let you get away with it (You'll do it all the time) Tampa Red Male vocal solo, with kazoo, guitar, and piano vocalist, composer, instrumentalist, kazoo, guitar, lyricist  
Victor BS-80383 10-in. 3/22/1934 I'll find my way Tampa Red Male vocal solo, with guitar and piano vocalist, composer, instrumentalist, kazoo, guitar, lyricist  
Victor BS-80384 10-in. 3/22/1934 You've got to do better Tampa Red Male vocal solo, with kazoo, guitar, and piano vocalist, composer, instrumentalist, kazoo, guitar, lyricist  
Victor BS-80385 10-in. 3/22/1934 Kingfish blues Tampa Red Male vocal solo, with guitar and piano vocalist, composer, instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor BS-80386 10-in. 3/22/1934 You don't want me blues Tampa Red Male vocal solo, with guitar and piano vocalist, composer, instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor BS-80387 10-in. 3/22/1934 Nobody's sweetheart Tampa Red Male vocal solo, with kazoo, guitar, and piano vocalist, instrumentalist, kazoo, guitar  
Victor BS-80599 10-in. 6/14/1934 I'm just crazy 'bout you Tampa Red Male vocal solo, with guitar and piano vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar, composer  
Victor BS-80600 10-in. 6/14/1934 I still got California on my mind Tampa Red Male vocal solo, with guitar and piano vocalist, composer, instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor BS-80601 10-in. 6/14/1934 Grievin' and worryin' blues Tampa Red Male vocal solo, with guitar and piano vocalist, composer, instrumentalist, guitar, lyricist  
Victor BS-80602 10-in. 6/14/1934 Give it up buddy and get goin' Tampa Red Male vocal solo, with guitar and piano vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar, composer, lyricist  
Victor BS-80603 10-in. 6/14/1934 Somebody's been using that thing Tampa Red Male vocal solo, with 2 guitars, piano, and kazoo vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor BS-80604 10-in. 6/14/1934 Mean mistreater blues Tampa Red Male vocal solo, with guitar and piano vocalist, composer, instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor BS-80925 10-in. 10/27/1934 Happy Jack Tampa Red Male vocal solo, with guitar, piano, and kazoo vocalist, composer, instrumentalist, kazoo, guitar  
Victor BS-80926 10-in. 10/27/1934 I'm so disappointed in you Tampa Red Male vocal solo, with guitar, piano, and kazoo vocalist, composer, instrumentalist, kazoo, guitar  
Victor BS-80927 10-in. 10/27/1934 Worried devil blues Tampa Red Male vocal solo, with guitar, piano, and yodeling vocalist, composer, yodeling, instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor BS-80928 10-in. 10/27/1934 Christmas and New Year's blues Tampa Red Male vocal solo, with guitar and piano vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor BS-80929 10-in. 10/27/1934 Sweet woman Tampa Red Male vocal solo, with guitar and piano vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor BS-80930 10-in. 10/27/1934 I'll get a break some day Tampa Red Male vocal solo, with guitar and piano vocalist, composer, instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor BS-80931 10-in. 10/27/1934 Witchin' hour blues Tampa Red Male vocal solo, with guitar and piano vocalist, composer, instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor BS-80932 10-in. 10/27/1934 Stockyard fire Tampa Red Male vocal solo, with guitar and piano vocalist, composer, instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor BS-85523 10-in. 2/26/1935 Worthy of you Tampa Red Male vocal solo, with jug band and talk vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar, composer  
(Results 1-25 of 234 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Tampa Red," accessed October 26, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106703.

Tampa Red. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 26, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106703.

"Tampa Red." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 26 October 2020.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106703

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