Joe Willie "Pinetop" Perkins July 7 1913-March 21 2011 R.I.P.

Pinetop
Pinetop
Pinetop with Willie "Big Eyes" Smith at the Grammy's
Pinetop with Willie "Big Eyes" Smith at the Grammy's

Blues Legend Pinetop Perkins

While on a trip to the doctor's office yesterday I learned of the death of blues legend and one of my all time favorite piano players, Mr. Joe Willie "Pinetop" Perkins. I got to see Pinetop a half dozen times but my best memories of him were from The King Biscut Blues Festival a festival held yearly in the beautiful town of Helena Arkansas. On these two occasions he was accompanied by blues legends Willie "Big Eyes" Smith on drums and "Steady Rollin' ' Bob Margolin on guitar. Here are a few pix (unfortunately the ones I took were with a film camera and are not yet transfered to disc) missing is Pinetop in my favorite lime green suit with hat to match. I won't go into all the history, you can read that elsewhere. He was born on July 7 1913 and passed away in his sleep on March 21 2011. Last month he was awarded a Grammy for Best Traditional Blues Album and at 97 it made him the oldest person to receive it (he knocked off George Burns). "Two cheeseburgers, apple pie, a cigarette and a pretty girl was all he wanted". I heard someone say that the tar and nicotine are what held him together all these years. Pinetop had 20+ performance dates set for this year. There are some good blues artists but these mudbone Delta blues guys are dying and truth be told when they go blues will loose a certain edge for me. I was lucky I got a chance to see a lot of them live. It really is what the blues is all about. Pinetop was a fun loving wonderful human being that always had time to laugh and say hi. R.I.P. Pinetop the world won't be the same without you. Peace!!

They Call Me Pinetop

Pinetop and Bob Margolin at the Biscut

Austin Texas News Report

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ltfawkes 5 years ago from NE Ohio

We've about lost this whole innovative generation. Thank God for videos like these so we can at least keep a memory of them alive. Nice hub.

L.T.


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justom 5 years ago from 41042 Author

I agree L.T., thanks for checking out the hub. Peace!!


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Wesman Todd Shaw 5 years ago from Kaufman, Texas

I was about to mail you about this, but I knew you'd be on it.


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justom 5 years ago from 41042 Author

Hey Todd, where the hell have you been? Hub reading has been a bit more of a snooz fest without you man.


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Wesman Todd Shaw 5 years ago from Kaufman, Texas

my puter is down. I should be getting it back anytime now though. I've been completely lost without it :-\


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justom 5 years ago from 41042 Author

I hear ya, the weather has been a bit better lately so I've gotten away from this thing for a while but I'm still addicted to it. The Rangers were beating the shit out of the Reds today, I watched it until it got stupid. One week from today baseball starts here and the whole damn city seems to shut down. There's a parade and all kinds of stuff going on downtown. Update, the Reds are winning 8-6. Hurry back man, I think we need to stir up some shit on here.


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota

It is really sad that so many of the great blues guys are dying. I was rockin pretty good to the song, "they call me pine top." Good stuff. Blues brings me back to when I use to waitress at a Famous Dave's night club. They had live blues music every night.


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justom 5 years ago from 41042 Author

It is sad but I'm glad you enjoyed the hub. Famous Dave's? I have one about 1 mile from me and my car wants to turn into it every time I pass it. Pretty good ribs, something about blues and BBQ's, they just go well together. Hope you're well and that snow goes away real soon. Peace!!


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vrbmft 5 years ago from Yucaipa, California

Tom

thank you so much for introducing me to a person, a wonderful and OLD person, born a year before my Dad and he died in 97, who otherwise I would never have known. You do such a mawvelous job of honoring people and sharing with us your attachment and admiration for them as well. It is awesome to have seen and heard live, great performers. In college back in the sixties, I heard live two of the great pianists of the century, Felipe Entremont and ? Askanazi. Not sure of the first name of Askanazi or the spelling of his last name, I will never forget their performances and the excellence with which they played and the demeanor they demanded from the audience. If I had the time, I would describe what happened, kind of funny, but not. Maybe I will write a hub about it! The folks you introduce us to here on hubpages are by far more important than my socks!!

Anywho, thanks again. You are a biographer, my friend, and a good one at that. You really get across the flavor of the people you have us meet.

Peace and love

Vern


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justom 5 years ago from 41042 Author

Hey Vern, thanks man. Live music is good for the soul (at least mine) and I still try to see and hear as much as I can afford. It's a damn shame how much it costs to see a show these days. Some of the folks I've been seeing for years are charging prices they ought to be ashamed of. Just part of the greed I guess. Hope you're feeling better, isn't it about time for another lesson? I miss 'em. Take care brother! Peace!! Tom


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G-Ma Johnson 5 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

Yep all the good OLE one's do eventually leave us. But how lucky we have been to keep them for such a long time. It is amazing the energy he seems to have, it isn't easy anymore to do all this. Entertaining is work, even if it is fun.

Personaly you have again introduced me to someone I otherwise would not ever have known about. Was wondering where you have been, but you are back yipeee...:O) HUGS ! Merle Ann


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justom 5 years ago from 41042 Author

Hey Merle Ann, I had the pleasure of meeting him and he was a ball of energy and it was ALL positive. We don't have many of these guys left, Honeyboy Edwards is in his mid 90's and still touring and there are a handful of others. Glad you liked it! Peace and Love!!


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prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

Wow...this was so beautiful. My friend I am glad to find the information of Joe Willie Perkins from you. Very well written and good tribute to him. Thank for share with us. Rated up!

prasetio,


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justom 5 years ago from 41042 Author

I'm glad you enjoyed it Prasetio. Thanks my friend!


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fastfreta 5 years ago from Southern California

Tom you are a treasure trove of information on these old blues singers. I thought I knew the blues, I know now I don't know "diddley." I've never even heard of most of these people you name, and I grew up on the blues, via my mother. I wish I'd heard of these men, but more importantly I wish I'd seen some of them perform. Loved it Tom. Voted up/awesome/beautiful for your tribute the this man.


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twentyfive 5 years ago

Excellent tribute. Never heard of him. I always find beautiful music and artists from your pages. Thanks for sharing this. Cheers! :)


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justom 5 years ago from 41042 Author

Thanks Freta, I've been listening to many of these guys for years but I too was late in finding some of them. Just some of my favorite music. Thanks again for your always appreciated comments! Peace!!


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justom 5 years ago from 41042 Author

Thanks twentyfive I'm always happy to hear from you. Doesn't surprise me you don't know him, hey do a hub on some of the music you listen to. That would be interesting. Peace!!


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twentyfive 5 years ago

I definitely will :D Have a great day Tom!


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tonymac04 5 years ago from South Africa

Beautiful tribute to a beautiful artist. Thanks Tom - I have long loved Pintop's music. The vids are super too.

Love and peace

Tony


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justom 5 years ago from 41042 Author

Thanks Tony, you don't know how glad I am that you know of Pinetop. There aren't many of those guys left. Thanks for the read and always welcomed comment! Peace!! Tom


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Micky Dee 5 years ago

justom- thank you brother man. God bless Pinetop! I love the videos. God bless Tom and Justin!


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justom 5 years ago from 41042 Author

I knew you would brother! Peace!!


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Alladream74 5 years ago from Oakland, California

May his soul rest in peace.A good write up on a great man


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justom 5 years ago from 41042 Author

Alladream74, welcome and thanks for your comment! Peace!!

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