Red Prysock

Genres: Blues Jazz
Decades Active: 1950s 1980s 1990s

Biography

Wilbert Prysock, 2 February 1926, Greensboro, North Carolina, USA, d. 19 February 1993, Chicago, Illinois, USA. After attempting to learn piano, organ, clarinet and trumpet, Prysock received a tenor saxophone from his sister for his seventeenth birthday. He learned to play the instrument during his military service in World War II. Prysock turned professional upon his demobilization in 1947 and joined Tiny Grimes’ Rocking Highlanders, with whom he recorded for the fledgling Atlantic Records. He left them in 1950 to join Roy Milton’s Solid Senders before finding fame with Tiny Bradshaw’s band and such recordings as ‘Soft’, ‘Off And On’ and ‘Free For All’ (which became known as ‘Go, Red, Go’) on King Records. Prysock formed his own band in 1953, after experimenting with three releases on Bobby Robinson’s Red Robin label, and was signed by Mercury Records the following year, for whom he notched up many big...

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