Regina B. Higginbotham (born January 22, 1958) known professionally as Teeny Tucker is an American electric blues and new blues singer and songwriter. She is the daughter of the late blues musician Tommy Tucker. AllMusic noted that "Teeny Tucker is among a growing number of female blues belters taking different paths to stardom or wider recognition, but she's one of the very best..." She has released five albums to date.
Teeny Tucker was born in Dayton, Ohio, United States. She sang in her local church choir. Her father, a blues performer best known for his 1964 hit song, "Hi-Heel Sneakers," died tragically at the age of 42 in January 1982, on his daughter's 24th birthday.
Tucker first performed professionally in November 1996. Her debut album, Tommy's Girl, was issued in 2000. She composed eight of the 11 tracks on her 2003 album, First Class Woman, which had airplay on XM Satellite Radio, Music Choice and various other blues radio stations across the United States. Tucker has twice been a top three finalist in the International Blues Challenge. In 2008, Tucker performed at the Monterey Bay Blues Festival.
Two Big M's (2008) peaked at number six on the Living Blues chart, and was nominated for the best self-produced CD by the Blues Foundation.Keep the Blues Alive (2010) contained more of Tucker's own compositions.
In 2009 and 2011, Tucker performed at the Briggs Farm Blues Festival. In 2010, Tucker, now officially named Regina B. Westbrook, was residing in Columbus, Ohio. In February 2011, Tucker was selected as the 2011 Federal Carter G. Woodson Award winner. In September 2011, Tucker sang at the Blast Furnace Blues Festival.
At the 2014 Blues Music Awards, Diunna Greenleaf won the Koko Taylor Award (Traditional Blues Female), beating fellow nominees Tucker, Lavelle White, Trudy Lynn, and Zora Young. Tucker also performed live at the event. In February that year, Tucker gave a talk on "Women In The Blues," part of the Penn State Forum Speaker Series at Pennsylvania State University. In August 2015, Tucker performed at the Riverside Bluesfest in St. Marys, Ohio.
|2000||Tommy's Girl||Self issued|
|2003||First Class Woman||Hot Rod Records|
|2008||Two Big M's||CD Baby/Teebo|
|2010||Keep the Blues Alive||Teebo|
|2013||Voodoo To Do You||CD Baby|
Robert Higginbotham, a blues and jazz singer who performed under the name Tommy Tucker, died Friday at College Hospital in Newark. Mr. Higginbotham, who lived in East Orange, N.J., was 48 years old. ... A native of Springfield, Ohio, he had lived in East Orange for 17 years. He was a licensed real-estate broker and had been an amateur prize fighter as a young man.