Tampa Red, known in his prime as the Guitar Wizard, was a master of the slide guitar and bridged the rural style of delta blues and the electric guitar-driven sound of Chicago. He was a major influence on Elmore James, Muddy Waters, Robert Nighthawk, and Ry Cooder, wrote the standard “When Things Go Wrong with You (It Hurts Me Too),” and made almost 300 recordings in a career that stretched from 1928 to 1961. He died penniless in 1981, the year he was inducted to the Blues Foundation's Hall of Fame.
Tampa Red was born Hudson Woodbridge in Smithville, Georgia in 1901. His parents died when he was just a child and his grandmother, Annie Whittaker, took him in and raised him in Tampa, Florida. He started playing guitar... Read More