A native of Atlanta who played piano with Barbecue Bob and Blind Willie McTell in his early days, William Perryman could really pound the 88s. William was the much younger brother of Rufus a.k.a. Speckled Red, who was also albino, and this accounts for both men adopting the tag ‘Red’. Emulating his older brother, who was making a good career playing piano Blues, Piano Red was also influenced from an early age by the raucous style of Fats Waller. He had a string of chart hits in the early 50s with ‘Rockin’ With Red’, ‘Red’s Boogie’ and ‘Wrong Yo-Yo’. These were all covered with slight variations by Little Richard and Jerry Lee Lewis, and if you compare the tracks, the rough-edged originals pack a bigger punch.