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RIP Pinetop Perkins

NYT: Pinetop Perkins, Delta Boogie Woogie Master, Dies at 97

From his days in the groups of [Muddy] Waters and the slide guitarist Robert Nighthawk to the vigorous solo career he fashioned over the last 20 years, Mr. Perkins’s accomplishments were numerous and considerable. His longevity as a performer was remarkable — all the more so considering his fondness for cigarettes and alcohol; by his own account he began smoking at age 9 and didn’t quit drinking until he was 82. Few people working in any popular art form have been as prolific in the ninth and tenth decades of their lives.

Here’s Pinetop as recently as 2005 at SXSW:

Here’s a short documentary done at the time of Pinetop’s 95th birthday:

In this clip he’s on the piano with Muddy Waters:


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