News is coming through that Louisiana Red (real name Iverson Minter) has died in hospital in Germany, aged 79. He was born on March 23rd, 1932. Red¬†could play all of the traditional blues styles and excelled on slide guitar.
He was born in Bessemer, Alabama but as blues fans and those who interviewed him will know Red varied details of his birth. Red lost his mother at birth and his father was killed in a Ku Klux Klan lynching when Red was 5 years old.¬†He lived in an orphanage in New Orleans until his grandmother took him to Pittsburgh to live.
¬†In the late 1940s Red headed to Detroit where he would befriend Eddie ‘Guitar’ Burns and John Lee Hooker. He cut his first sides for Joe Von Battle under the name of Rocky Fuller. A¬†pair¬†of these recordings¬†were leased Chess Records.¬†He accompanied Hooker and Little Walter before cutting for¬†Atlas Records in New York.
He made his name with an album issued in 1962 on Roulette Records and hit with the 45 “Red’s Dream”. In 1965 he cut for Atco Records – ¬†‘Louisiana Red Sings The Blues’.
In the mid 1970s he cut for the Blue Labor label before he headed for Europe where he became a firm favourite of blues fans waxing a number of albums for a range of labels including the UKs JSP outlet.
Red moved to Chicago in the early 1980s and then headed¬†to Phoenix in late 1981. In 1982¬†he toured Europe eventually settling down in Germany with his wife Dora. He continued to tour Europe and make albums and CDs until recent times.