Pinetop Perkins


Pinetop Perkins Famous memorial

Belzoni, Humphreys County, Mississippi, USA
Death 21 Mar 2011 (aged 97)
Austin, Travis County, Texas, USA
Burial Clarksdale, Coahoma County, Mississippi, USA
Memorial ID 67330426 View Source

Musician. Born Joseph William Perkins, he was a piano player known as Pinetop Perkins, whom specializing in some of the most influential blues and rock and roll. He began his career as a guitarist and after injuring his hand switched to piano. In the early 1950s, he joined Earl Hooker, toured and recorded "Pinetop's Boogie Woogie" at Sam Phillips' Sun Studios, in Memphis, Tennessee. With the success of his record, he relocated to Chicago and was a main stay on the blues scene for the next five decades as a session side man and front line attraction. He recorded many of his own albums to include, "After Hours" (1988), "On Top" (1992), "Portrait of a Bluesman" (1993), "Born in the Delta" (1997), "Back on Top" (2000), "Ladies Man" (2004) and "Pinetop and Friends" (2008). He also appeared in the films, "The Blues Brothers" (1980) and "Angel Heart" (1987). In 2005, he received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, a Grammy for Best Traditional Blues Album for "The Last of the Great Mississippi Delta Bluesman: Live in Dallas" (2008) and at age 97, became the oldest-ever Grammy winner, to receive a Grammy for Best Traditional Blues Album for his contributions to the album, "Joined at the Hip" (2010). He was a personal friend of the blues guitarist legend, Robert Johnson and was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 2003.

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith


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  • Originally Created by: John "J-Cat" Griffith
  • Added: 23 Mar 2011
  • Find a Grave Memorial ID: 67330426
  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Pinetop Perkins (7 Jul 1913–21 Mar 2011), Find a Grave Memorial ID 67330426, citing McLaurin Memorial Garden, Clarksdale, Coahoma County, Mississippi, USA ; Maintained by Find a Grave .