Don't Tampa With The Blues

Tampa Red

Dont Tampa With The Blues
  • CAT # OBCCD-516-25

    1. I'm A Stranger Here 3:59
    2. Let Me Play With Your Poodle 2:53
    3. Goodbye, Baby 4:44
    4. Things About Comin' My Way 3:14
    5. Kansas City Blues 2:07
    6. You Better Do Right 4:31
    7. Louise Blues 5:19
    8. It's Tight Like That 4:01
    9. You Got To Love Her With A Feeling 5:47
    10. Boogie Woogie Woman 3:05

Hudson Whittaker, better known as Tampa Red due to the place he was raised and the hue of his hair, was one of the most prolific and popular of blues recording artists. Beginning in 1928, the Georgia-born, Chicago-based performer composed and recorded hundreds of titles, including such hits as “It’s Tight Like That,” “Let Me Play with Your Poodle,” and “When Things Go Wrong (It Hurts Me Too).” By 1954, however, his pre-war style had fallen from fashion (though his influence continued to be felt through the work of Muddy Waters, Robert Nighthawk, and others) and his recording career ground to a halt, or so he thought. In 1960, producer Kenneth S. Goldstein, mindful of the newly emerging market for so-called folk-blues, tampered with Red’s retirement to record this now-classic session. The Guitar Wizard, as he was sometimes billed, had by then given up his acoustic instrument and put down his trademark slide in favor of an electric guitar, but when he plugged in and picked, it still had that urbane Tampa Red moan. And for instrumental variety, he continued to toot his kazoo from time to time.

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