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Tampa Red

  • Birth 8 Jan 1904 Smithville, Lee County, Georgia, USA
  • Death 19 Mar 1981 Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA
  • Burial Willow Springs, Cook County, Illinois, USA
  • Memorial ID 45302214

Musician. Born Hudson Woodbridge, he was a blues guitarist dubbed "The Guitar Wizard", known for his brilliant single-note lead and slide style. During the 1920s and 1930s, he became Chicago's first guitar star to bridge the rural country blues of the South between the urban city blues style. His recording career spanned 30 years yielding hundreds of songs such as "It Hurts Me Too", "Anna Lou Blues", "It's Tight Like That", The Bluebird Beat" and "Turpentine Blues". He continued to record and perform into the late 1950s, until forced to retire due to health problems.

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith


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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Originally Created by: John Southern
  • Added: 10 Dec 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 45302214
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Tampa Red (8 Jan 1904–19 Mar 1981), Find A Grave Memorial no. 45302214, citing Mount Glenwood Memory Gardens (West), Willow Springs, Cook County, Illinois, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .