Boogie Woogie Red

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Boogie Woogie Red
Birth name Vernon Harrison
Born (1925-10-18)October 18, 1925
Rayville, Louisiana, United States
Died July 2, 1992(1992-07-02) (aged 66)
Detroit, Michigan, United States
Genres Detroit blues, boogie-woogie, jazz[1]
Occupation(s) Musician, pianist, singer, songwriter
Instruments Piano, vocals
Years active 1945–1992
Labels Blind Pig Records

Boogie Woogie Red (October 18, 1925 - July 2, 1992)[2] was a Detroit blues, boogie-woogie and jazz pianist, singer and songwriter.[1] He variously 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] moving to Detroit in 1927.[1] In his adolescence, he began performing in local clubs and went on to work alongside Sonny Boy Williamson I, Baby Boy Warren and John Lee Hooker.[1]

In the mid 1970s, Red used to play 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 that same decade.[1] Red appeared on BBC Television's Old Grey Whistle Test in May 1973.[3]

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


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  1. ^ a b c d e O'Neal, Jim. "Boogie Woogie Red". Allmusic. 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". AllMusic. 1925-10-18. Retrieved 2014-01-25. 

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