Willie Lee Perryman (October 19, 1911 – July 25, 1985), usually known professionally as Piano Red and later in life as Dr. Feelgood, was an American blues musician, the first to hit the pop music charts. He was a self-taught pianist who played in the barrelhouse blues style (a loud percussive type of blues piano suitable for noisy bars or taverns). His performing and recording careers emerged during the period of transition from completely segregated "race music" to rhythm and blues, which was marketed to both white and black audiences. Some music historians credit Perryman's 1950 recording "Rocking With Red" for the popularization of the term rock and roll in Atlanta. His simple, hard-pounding left hand and his percussive right hand, coupled with his cheerful shout, brought him considerable success over three decades.
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|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Victor||E0VB-5220||10-in.||7/25/1950||Jumpin' the boogie||Piano Red||Male vocal solo, with instrumental trio||instrumentalist, piano, composer, vocalist, leader|
|Victor||E0VB-5949||10-in.||10/18/1950||The wrong yoyo||Piano Red||Instrumental quartet||instrumentalist, piano, leader|
|Victor||E0VB-5950||10-in.||10/18/1950||My gal Jo||Piano Red||Instrumental quartet||instrumentalist, piano, leader, composer|
|Victor||E0VB-5951||10-in.||10/18/1950||Baby, what's wrong?||Piano Red||Jazz/dance band||instrumentalist, piano, composer, leader|
|Victor||E1VB-1319||10-in.||2/22/1951||Just right bounce||Piano Red||Instrumental ensemble||instrumentalist, piano, composer, leader|
|Victor||E1VB-1321||10-in.||2/22/1951||Layin' the boogie||Piano Red||Jazz/dance band, with shouts||leader, instrumentalist, piano, composer|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Piano Red," accessed October 2, 2023, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/355712.
Piano Red. (2023). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 2, 2023, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/355712.
"Piano Red." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2023. Web. 2 October 2023.
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