AFRO-AMERICAN MUSIC INSTITUTE CELEBRATES 31 YEARS
Pittsburgh Music History
W.C. Handy award winning blues man Louisiana Red passed in away in Germany on February 25, 2012 at age 79. Born Iverson Minter he came to Pittsburgh to live with his grandmother after both of his parents died. His grandfather gave him the nickname Louisiana Red because of his fondness for hot sauce. Louisiana Red, who recorded 50 albums and is known by blues fans around the world, learned blues guitar in Pittsburgh from Crit Walters and Mr. Cash. He played blues on the streets of Pittsburgh before radio DJ Bill Powell helped him record a demo tape that won Red a recording session with Chess records playing with members of Muddy Waters band.
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