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