Joseph William Perkins (July 7, 1913 – March 21, 2011), better 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.
Along with David "Honeyboy" Edwards, he was one of the last two original Mississippi Delta blues musicians, and also to have a personal knowledge of and friendship with Robert Johnson.
At age 97, he won a Grammy Award for Best Traditional Blues Album for Joined at the Hip, an album he recorded with Willie "Big Eyes" Smith. Perkins thus became the oldest-ever Grammy winner, edging out comedian George Burns who had won in the spoken word category 16 years earlier.
Pinetop Perkins Cause of Death
Pinetop Perkins died on 21 March 2011 at his home in Austin, Texas.
Pinetop Perkins was 97 years old at the time of his death.
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