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Pinetop Perkins
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Perkins at the Riverwalk Blues Festival in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, 2006
Background information
Birth name Joe Willie Perkins
Born (1913-07-07)July 7, 1913
Belzoni, Mississippi, U.S.
Died March 21, 2011(2011-03-21) (aged 97)
Austin, Texas, U.S.
Genres Piano blues, boogie-woogie, Delta blues, Chicago blues
Occupation(s) Musician, singer
Instruments Piano, vocals, keyboards
Years active 1920s–2011
Labels Blind Pig, Antone's
Associated acts

Joeseph William "Pinetop" Perkins (July 7, 1913 – March 21, 2011) was an American blues musician. He died in Austin, Texas. He was 97 years old when he died. Perkins was a famous pianist. He helped form the style of other musicians. He played with B. B. King for a short time and was part of Muddy Waters' band for more than ten years. He won the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2005.

Selected discography

  • 1976: Boogie Woogie King (recorded 1976, released 1992)
  • 1977: Hard Again (Muddy Waters)
  • 1988: After Hours
  • 1992: Pinetop Perkins with the Blue Ice Band
  • 1992: On Top
  • 1993: Portrait of a Delta Bluesman
  • 1995: Live Top (with the Blue Flames)
  • 1996: Eye to Eye (with Ronnie Earl, Willie "Big Eyes" Smith and Calvin “Fuzz” Jones)
  • 1997: Born in the Delta
  • 1998: Sweet Black Angel
  • 1998: Legends (with Hubert Sumlin)
  • 1998: Down In Mississippi
  • 1999: Live at 85! (with George Kilby Jr)
  • 2000: Back On Top
  • 2003: Heritage of the Blues: The Complete Hightone Sessions
  • 2003: All Star Blues Jam (with Bob Margolin et al.)
  • 2004: Ladies Man
  • 2007: 10 Days Out: Blues From The Backroads (with Kenny Wayne Shepherd and the Muddy Waters Band—Live)
  • 2008: Pinetop Perkins and Friends
  • 2010: Joined At the Hip (with Willie "Big Eyes" Smith)

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