Inducted in Sept. 2000
One-time Phoenix resident Iverson Minter (aka
Louisiana Red) was a world renowned down home
bluesman, famous for his intensely emotional
His influences included John Lee Hooker,
Lightnin' Hopkins and Muddy Waters, all of whom
he knew personally.
Red has been a prolific recording artist for the
last five decades, making sides for Chess, Fire,
Fury, Roulette, Atco, Blue Labor, JSP, L+R
Records, and Earwig Music. His 1962 release of
"Reds Dream" became a national hit with its
comedic political theme.
During the early 1980's, Louisiana Red moved to
Phoenix, Arizona, at the urging of his friend,
Bob Corritore. Red played around town in the
local blues clubs and festivals, and recorded
the album "Sitting Here Wonderin", which years
later came out on the Earwig label. It was
nominated for the WC Handy Awards.
After living in Arizona, Red toured Europe which
eventually led to his relocation to Germany.
Though Red's time in Phoenix was short, Red
continued to feel that Phoenix was his home and
whenever he was in the States, he always found
time to spend in Phoenix.
Iverson Minter passed away on February 25, 2012
in Germany; he was 79.