Sunday, November 10, 2013

Speckled Red - Oh! Red (Corrected rip)

Pianist Speckled Red (born Rufus Perryman) was born in Monroe, LA, but he made his reputation as part of the St. Louis and Memphis blues scenes of the '20s and '30s. Red was equally proficient in early jazz and boogie woogie -- his style is similar to Roosevelt Sykes and Little Brother Montgomery.
Speckled Red was born in Louisiana, but he was raised in Hampton, Georgia, where he learned how to play his church's organ. In his early teens, his family -- including his brother Willie Perryman, who is better-known as Piano Red -- moved to Atlanta, Georgia. Throughout his childhood and adolescence he played piano and organ and by the time he was a teenager, he was playing house parties and juke joints. Red moved to Detroit in the mid-'20s and while he was there, he played various night clubs and parties. After a few years in Detroit, he moved back south to Memphis. In 1929, he cut his first recording sessions. One song from these sessions, "The Dirty Dozens," was released on Brunswick and became a hit in late 1929. He recorded a sequel, "The Dirty Dozens, No. 2," the following year, but it failed to become a hit.
After Red's second set of sessions failed to sell, the pianist spent the next few years without a contract -- he simply played local Memphis clubs. In 1938, he cut a few sides for Bluebird, but they were largely ignored.
In the early '40s, Speckled Red moved to St. Louis, where he played local clubs and bars for the next decade and a half. In 1954, he was rediscovered by a number of blues aficianados and record label owners. By 1956, he had recorded several songs for the Tone record label and began a tour of America and Europe. In 1960, he made some recordings for Folkways. By this time, Red's increasing age was causing him to cut back the number of concerts he gave. For the rest of the '60s, he only performed occasionally. Speckled Red died in 1973.



ramson said...

Speckled Red - Oh! Red

wow!.. one of my favorite blues pianist.
Great find!.

Much appreciated.

Anonymous said...

This one is definitely not likely to turn up on CD and thus the most hearty congrats go to yourself!


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This is a rare album to get, thanks a bunch for sharing it.

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Red is fascinating but shamefully he is not so popular, reason for which to find his songs is a hard challenge, but he is in another level. +10

howstean said...

Thanks for all your albums, some rarities indeed.

Side one seems corrupted, with "Oh Red" missing & Caldonia appearing twice, albeit one for 3 seconds only. Could you kindly re-up, please.

Alan Balfour said...

I have this VJM LP (LC11).

For those who don't know, the initials stand for Vintage Jazz Mart and was the brainchild of musician Steve Lane. The catalogue comprised mainly prewar Jazz and blues, This LP was released in 1971 from a recording made in London in June 1960.

It's playing as I type.

Xyros said...

Thank you Alan for the extra info, hope it bought back some good memories.
Looking at the comments I posted this originally 3 years ago and howstean is the 1st to notice the corrupt file. Makes you wonder how many people actually listen to what they download. Anyway new rip has been posted.

howstean said...

many thanks Xyros. I think many of us DL so much we don't get around to listening for a while and then we forget where we got it from !