Blues le­gend dies at age 97

Townsville Bulletin - - The Goss -

BLUES le­gend Joe Wil­lie ‘‘ Pine­top’’ Perkins died at his home in Austin, Texas, on Mon­day at age 97. A cause of death has not been re­vealed.

Perkins was a pi­anist who be­gan his 80-year ca­reer tour­ing along­side gui­tarist Earl Hooker and later as part of the Muddy Waters band. The Mis­sis­sippi na­tive then joined the Chicago-based group, The Leg­endary Blues Band, re­leas­ing a se­ries of record­ings from the 1970s into the 1990s.

He was in­ducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 2003 and re­cei ved a Grammy Life­time Achieve­ment Award in 2005. Ear­lier this year he earned an­other Grammy, with col­lab­o­ra­tor Wil­lie ‘‘ Big Eyes’’ Smith for their al­bum Joined At

The Hip, mak­ing him the old­est per­son to re­ceive the hon­our.

Perkins

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