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Pinetop Perkins

Born: 
07/07/1913
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Died: 
03/21/2011
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.

Discography

Released: 1981

Concerts

Event Date Venue City Region Country
Muddy Waters Recording Session 06/22/1966 Ter-Mar Recording Studio Chicago Illinois USA
Muddy Waters 09/09/1972 Ann Arbor Blues Festival Ann Arbor Michigan USA
Muddy Waters 05/06/1973 Southwell Park Lyneham Australian Capital Territory Australia
Muddy Waters 05/18/1973 Winterland Ballroom San Francisco California USA
Muddy Waters 05/19/1973 Winterland Ballroom San Francisco California USA
Muddy Waters / Jimmy Rogers 05/26/1973 Whisky a Go Go Hollywood California USA
Muddy Waters / Jimmy Rogers 05/27/1973 Whisky a Go Go Hollywood California USA
Newport Jazz Festival 06/29/1973 Philharmonic Hall NYC New York USA
Muddy Waters 08/12/1973 Tanglewood Lenox Massachusetts USA
The Last Waltz 11/25/1976 Winterland Ballroom San Francisco California USA
Muddy Waters 07/08/1977 New Victoria Theatre London Westminster England
Bonnie Raitt 07/23/1977 Montreux Jazz Festival (4) Montreux Vaud Switzerland
Anthology of Blues 07/21/1978 Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier Montréal Quebec Canada
Eric Clapton / Muddy Waters 03/29/1979 Albuquerque Civic Auditorium Albuquerque New Mexico USA
Eric Clapton / Muddy Waters 04/01/1979 Chaparral Center Midland Texas USA
Eric Clapton / Muddy Waters 04/09/1979 The Summit Houston Texas USA
Eric Clapton / Muddy Waters 04/10/1979 Tarrant County Convention Center Arena Fort Worth Texas USA
Eric Clapton / Muddy Waters 04/11/1979 Austin Municipal Auditorium Austin Texas USA
Eric Clapton / Muddy Waters 04/12/1979 HemisFair Arena San Antonio Texas USA
Eric Clapton / Muddy Waters 06/04/1979 Toledo Sports Arena Toledo Ohio USA
The Legendary Blues Band 06/30/1981 Sahara Inn Windsor Ontario Canada
Luther 'Guitar Jr.' Johnson 01/04/1986 Nightstage Cambridge Massachusetts USA
Pinetop Perkins 08/14/1987 Night Shift Café Naugatuck Connecticut USA
Pinetop Perkins 11/20/1987 Night Shift Café Naugatuck Connecticut USA
Pinetop Perkins 03/11/1988 Tobacco Road Miami Florida USA

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