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R.I.P. Pinetop Perkins

One of the last original Delta Blues players has passed on. The legendary boogie-woogie piano man, Pinetop Perkins, died yesterday in Austin, Texas, at the age of 97! He  influenced lots of performers, including Dr. John and Greg Allman, and  played piano with Muddy Waters' last great band, appearing on Muddy's albums in the 1970's and performing with him on The Band's final concert, The Last Waltz. At age 75 most people are ready to call it quits, but that's how old Pinetop was when he put out his first album under his own name. And he never quit playing! I  saw him at one of the Madison Blues Festivals several years ago and was amazed at his energy when it came to hitting those keys on the piano. And he looked so adorable in his suit and hat as he shuffled out to the piano bench. Pinetop kept on recording too. His most recent album came out last year..a collaboration with Willie "Big Eyes" Smith of Chicago When he turned 95, he released an album called Pinetop Perkins & Friends, and this video promotes that album and gives a good overview of his career.

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