Boogie Woogie Red

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Boogie Woogie Red
Birth nameVernon Harrison
Born(1925-10-18)October 18, 1925
Rayville, Louisiana, United States
DiedJuly 2, 1992(1992-07-02) (aged 66)
Detroit, Michigan, United States
GenresDetroit blues, boogie-woogie, jazz[1]
Occupation(s)Pianist, singer, songwriter
InstrumentsPiano, vocals
Years active1945–1992
LabelsBlind Pig Records

Boogie Woogie Red (October 18, 1925 – July 2, 1992)[2] was an American Detroit blues, boogie-woogie and jazz pianist, singer and songwriter.[1] At different times he worked with Sonny Boy Williamson I, Washboard Willie, Baby Boy Warren, Lonnie Johnson, Tampa Red, John Lee Hooker and Memphis Slim.[2]


He was born Vernon Harrison in Rayville, Louisiana,[2] and moved to Detroit in 1927.[1] In his adolescence, he began performing in local clubs and worked alongside Sonny Boy Williamson I, Baby Boy Warren and John Lee Hooker.[1]

In the mid-1970s, Boogie Woogie Red played solo piano at the Blind Pig, a small bar in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He recorded his own albums in 1974 and 1977 and toured Europe in that decade.[1] Red appeared on BBC Television's Old Grey Whistle Test in May 1973.[3]

He died in July 1992, at the age of 66, in Detroit.[2]


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  1. ^ a b c d e O'Neal, Jim. "Boogie Woogie Red: Biography". Retrieved February 11, 2010.
  2. ^ a b c d Doc Rock. "The Dead Rock Stars Club 1992–1993". Retrieved 2014-01-25.
  3. ^ "BFI Film & TV Database: Boogie Woogie Red". 2009-04-16. Retrieved 2014-01-25.
  4. ^ "Boogie Woogie Red: Discography". 1925-10-18. Retrieved 2014-01-25.

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