Blues legend dies at age 97
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.