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Pinetop Perkins

Born: 
07/07/1913
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Died: 
03/21/2011
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Years Active: 
1920's-2011
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Joseph William Perkins, known by the stage name Pinetop Perkins, was an American blues musician, specializing in piano music. He played with some of the most influential blues and rock and roll performers in American history, and received numerous honors during his lifetime including the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, and induction into the Blues Hall of Fame. Elmore James was his cousin. He appeared in the “Blues Brothers” movie as part of John Lee Hooker’s band.

Perkins outlived most of his peers even though he smoked from the age of 9, battled alcoholism into his 80s and ate at McDonald’s fast-food restaurants daily. His mother introduced him to cigarettes and whiskey.

A stabbing in a Helena hotel room severed the tendons in his left arm and forced him to give up the guitar. His attacker was a chorus girl whose ex-husband had locked her in the bathroom as a practical joke. Perkins was the first man she saw after escaping.

Concerts

Event Date Venue City Region Country
Muddy Waters 03/30/1971 Esquire Show Bar Montréal Quebec Canada
Muddy Waters 03/31/1971 Esquire Show Bar Montréal Quebec Canada
Muddy Waters 04/01/1971 Esquire Show Bar Montréal Quebec Canada
Muddy Waters 04/02/1971 Esquire Show Bar Montréal Quebec Canada
Muddy Waters 04/03/1971 Esquire Show Bar Montréal Quebec Canada
Muddy Waters 04/04/1971 Esquire Show Bar Montréal Quebec Canada
Muddy Waters 09/09/1972 Ann Arbor Blues Festival Ann Arbor Michigan USA
Newport Jazz Festival 06/29/1973 Philharmonic Hall NYC New York USA
Muddy Waters 01/16/1974 Boston Music Hall Boston Massachusetts USA
Buddy Guy & Junior Wells 06/28/1974 Montreux Jazz Festival (3) Montreux Vaud Switzerland
Muddy Waters 07/24/1974 Maecenas Festival Antibes Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur France
Muddy Waters Recording Session 02/04/1975 Bearsville Studios Bearsville New York USA
Muddy Waters Recording Session 02/05/1975 Bearsville Studios Bearsville New York USA
Muddy Waters Recording Session 02/06/1975 Bearsville Studios Bearsville New York USA
Muddy Waters Recording Session 02/07/1975 Bearsville Studios Bearsville New York USA
Muddy Waters Recording Session 02/08/1975 Bearsville Studios Bearsville New York USA
Muddy Waters Recording Session 02/09/1975 Bearsville Studios Bearsville New York USA
Muddy Waters Recording Session 10/04/1976 The Schoolhouse Westport Connecticut USA
Muddy Waters Recording Session 10/05/1976 The Schoolhouse Westport Connecticut USA
Muddy Waters Recording Session 10/06/1976 The Schoolhouse Westport Connecticut USA
Muddy Waters Recording Session 10/07/1976 The Schoolhouse Westport Connecticut USA
Muddy Waters Recording Session 10/08/1976 The Schoolhouse Westport Connecticut USA
Muddy Waters Recording Session 10/09/1976 The Schoolhouse Westport Connecticut USA
The Last Waltz 11/25/1976 Winterland Ballroom San Francisco California USA
Muddy Waters 01/26/1977 Rising Sun Montréal Quebec Canada

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