Kansas City Red

b. 7 May 1926, Drew, Mississippi, USA, d. 6 June 1991, Chicago, Illinois, USA. A drummer and blues singer, in the 40s Red worked for Robert Nighthawk (who recorded Red’s song, ‘The Moon Is Rising’),…
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b. 7 May 1926, Drew, Mississippi, USA, d. 6 June 1991, Chicago, Illinois, USA. A drummer and blues singer, in the 40s Red worked for Robert Nighthawk (who recorded Red’s song, ‘The Moon Is Rising’), and in the 50s for Earl Hooker. He became a club owner in Chicago, and a fixture on the city’s blues scene, playing with Johnny Shines, Walter Horton and Sunnyland Slim, and leading his own bands, one of which provided early professional experience for Jimmy Reed. Red claimed to have recorded demos for Chess Records, JOB and Vee Jay Records, but his debut as a name artist came on a 1975 anthology. Thereafter, he continued to do occasional session drumming for several of his Chicago colleagues, and to combine bar management with live gigs.