Speckled Red

Speckled Red

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Speckled Red

Speckled Red (October 23, 1892 - January 2, 1973), born Rufus Perryman in Hampton, Georgia, was an American blues and boogie-woogie piano player and singer noted for his recordings of "The Dirty Dozens", exchanges of insults and vulgar remarks that have long been a part of African American folklore. Although the lyrics were sung rather than spoken, with its elaborate word play and earthy subject matter, "The Dirty Dozens" is considered in some respects an ancestor to rap music.