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Pinetop Perkins

Joseph William Perkins (July 7, 1913 – March 21, 2011), known by the stage name Pinetop Perkins, was an American blues musician, specializing in piano music.

He played with some of the most influential blues and rock and roll performers in American history, and received numerous honors during his lifetime including the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, and induction into the Blues Hall of Fame.

However prior to 1969 he was regarded as being more of a sideman until that is Muddy Waters hired him as a replacement for Otis Spann which led to 11 years in what most regard as the best blues band of its time.

Perkins never had an album devoted solely to his artistry, until the release of After Hours on Blind Pig Records in 1988.

The tour in support of the album also featured Jimmy Rogers and Hubert Sumlin.

Following a brief link up with Earl Hooker and Sun Records Pinetop recorded what became his signature tune, one which was heavily influenced by Pine Top Smith

“Pinetop’s Boogie Woogie” – Pinetop Perkins

His latter career was a mixture of recordings under his own name and a continual demand for his services as a session pianist culminating with a star-studded “Pinetop Perkins and Friends” recorded over a 30 month period starting when he was 92!

Here he is with BB King

“Down In Mississippi” – Pinetop Perkins

His final release was 2010’s collaboration with Willie “Big Eyes” Smith “Joined At The Hip”

“Take My Hand Precious Lord” – Pinetop Perkins & Willie Blind Eyes Smith

He will be greatly missed.

To buy the music of Pinetop Perkins click HERE

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May 2, 2011 - Posted by | Blues, New News, Old Music | , ,

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