This day (March 21, 2011), in Austin, Texas,, died Joseph William Perkins a.k.a. Pinetop Perkins, an American blues pianist and singer.
Wikipedia : This day (March 21, 2011), in Austin, Texas,, died Joseph William Perkins a.k.a. Pinetop Perkins, an American blues pianist and singer.
Official Site : Born Willie Perkins in Belzoni, Mississippi in 1913, Pinetop started out playing guitar and piano at house parties and honky-tonks, but dropped the guitar in the 1940s after sustaining a serious injury in his left arm.
@about.com : An underrated vocalist with a rich, soulful voice, Perkins’ mix of boogie-woogie blues with elements of jazz, barrelhouse, ragtime, and Chicago blues has influenced several generations of blues piano players.
@last.fm : When Otis Spann left the Muddy Waters band, Perkins was chosen to replace him. He stayed for more than a decade, then left with several other musicians to form the Legendary Blues Band, recording through the late 1970s, 80s and early 90s.
Video : Happiness Is . w/ Mitch Woods – Boogie Woogie Blowout (2009) . w/ Emily Gimble – Sittin On Top Of The World . w/ Bharath Rajakumar & The Willie Big Eye Smith Band – At Mont-Tremblant . w/ Anthony Sapienza – Kansas City Blues . w/ La Jones – Caledonia (1990) . w/ Muddy Waters – Reefer And Champagne & Blow Wind Blow (1980) . w/ Muddy Waters & Clark Terry – Stormy Monday Blues (1977) .