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Iverson Minter, 23 March 1936, Vicksburg, Mississippi, USA. Although beginning as a sincere imitator of his various heroes, including Muddy Waters, Lightnin Hopkins and John Lee Hooker, Louisiana Red has gained stature of his own as an instinctive and creative blues singer and guitarist. Red spent his earliest years in a variety of orphanages, his mother having died a week after his birth, and his estranged father a victim of Ku Klux Klan violence. Raised in Pittsburgh by an aunt, Corrine Driver, he owned his first guitar at the age of 11 and had instruction from the veteran Crit Walters. At the age of 16, he joined the army and served in Korea. On his return, although claiming to have recorded with Waters and Little Walter, his first known record, Gonna Play My Guitar, was released under the name of Playboy Fuller on his own Fuller label. Another session for Checker as Rocky Fuller yielded a single, Soon One Morning; further titles...