Death of Pinetop Perkins

July 7, 1913 - March 21, 2011
Austin, Texas | Age 97

Legendary bluesman dead at 97
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JIM VERTUNO, The Associated Press

Muddy Waters was looking for a new piano player when chain-smoking journeyman Pinetop Perkins showed off his aggressive keyboarding during a jam session.

"He liked what he heard. The rest is history," said Willie "Big Eyes" Smith, who was a drummer in Waters' band back in 1969.

By then, Perkins, an old school bluesman with the gravelly voice, for years had played the rickety bars among the cotton fields of the Mississippi Delta, and...

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