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Pinetop Perkins
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Musician
    (July 7, 1913-March 21, 2011)
    Born in Belzoni, Mississippi
    Birth name was Joseph William Perkins
    Blues/boogie-woogie pianist and singer
    Sideman for Robert Nighthawk, Earl Hooker, Sonny Boy Williamson and Muddy Waters
    Recorded the albums 'After Hours' (1988), 'On Top' (1992), 'Portrait of a Delta Bluesman' (1993), 'Eye to Eye' (with Ronnie Earl, Willie 'Big Eyes' Smith and Calvin 'Fuzz' Jones, 1996), 'Born in the Delta' (1997), 'Sweet Black Angel' (1998), 'Legends' (with Hubert Sumlin, 1998), 'Back On Top' (2000), 'Ladies Man' (2004), 'Last of the Great Mississippi Delta Bluesmen' (with Henry James Townsend, Robert Lockwood Jr. and Dave 'Honeyboy' Edwards, 2007) 'Pinetop Perkins and Friends' (2008) and 'Joined at the Hip' (with Willie 'Big Eyes' Smith, 2010)
    Appeared in the movies 'The Blues Brothers' (1980) and 'Angel Heart' (1987)
    Received a Lifetime Achievement Grammy (2005)
    He was often credited with writing the song 'Pinetop's Boogie Woogie,' which was actually created by Clarence 'Pinetop' Smith in 1928.
    He began as a guitarist, switching to piano after the tendons in his left arm were injured when a chorus girl stabbed him during an argument (1942).
    Despite decades as a sideman, he did not record a solo album until he was into his 70s.
    He said, 'I don't read music. It looks like dog droppings to me.'
    Alligator Records founder Bruce Iglauer said, 'He was a guy who put a huge amount of humor in his music. When you think of his blues, they make you smile.'
    He was not seriously hurt when his car was struck by a train (2004).
    He won the W.C. Handy/Blues Music Award for best piano player twelve consecutive years (1992-2003), after which the award was renamed the Pinetop Perkins Piano Player of the Year.
    He established the Pinetop Perkins Foundation to support young blues musicians.
    A month before his death, he became the oldest person to win a Grammy.
    He explained his musical longevity with, 'I always try to do something different all the time.'

Credit: C. Fishel


    In 2018, Out of 4 Votes: 50.0% Annoying
    In 2017, Out of 4 Votes: 50.0% Annoying
    In 2016, Out of 1 Votes: 0% Annoying
    In 2015, Out of 6 Votes: 66.67% Annoying
    In 2014, Out of 10 Votes: 40.0% Annoying
    In 2013, Out of 11 Votes: 54.55% Annoying
    In 2012, Out of 13 Votes: 38.46% Annoying
    In 2011, Out of 121 Votes: 47.93% Annoying
 
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