|Birth name||Joe Willie Perkins|
|Born||July 7, 1913 |
Belzoni, Mississippi, United States
|Years active||1920s – Present|
Pinetop Perkins (born Joe Willie Perkins; July 7, 1913) is an American blues musician. Events 1456 - A retrial verdict acquits Joan of Arc of heresy 25 years after her death Year 1913 ( MCMXIII) was a Common year starting on Wednesday (link will display the full calendar of the Gregorian calendar (or a Common Belzoni (pronounced Bell-zone-uh is a city in Humphreys County, Mississippi, in the Mississippi Delta region USA, on the Yazoo River Mississippi ( is a state located in the Deep South of the United States The United States of America —commonly referred to as the A music genre is a categorical and typological construct that identifies musical sounds as belonging to a particular category and type of music that can be distinguished from other Piano blues refers to a variety of Blues styles sharing only the characteristic that they use the Piano as the primary musical instrument Boogie-woogie is a style of Piano -based Blues that became very popular in the late 1930s and early 1940s but originated much earlier and was extended from piano The Chicago blues is a form of Blues music that developed in Chicago Illinois by taking the basic acoustic guitar and Harmonica -based Delta blues A pianist (/'piənɪst/ is a Musician who plays the Piano. A professional pianist can perform solo pieces play with an ensemble or Orchestra A musical instrument is a device constructed or modified for the purpose of making Music. The piano is a Musical instrument played by means of a keyboard that produces sound by striking steel strings with Felt covered hammers The 1920s is sometimes referred to as the " Jazz Age " or the " Roaring Twenties " when speaking about the United States and Canada The present is the Time that is perceived directly not as a recollection or a speculation Events 1456 - A retrial verdict acquits Joan of Arc of heresy 25 years after her death Year 1913 ( MCMXIII) was a Common year starting on Wednesday (link will display the full calendar of the Gregorian calendar (or a Common The United States of America —commonly referred to as the The Blues is a vocal and instrumental form of Music based on the use of the Blue notes It emerged as an accessible form of self-expression A musician is a person who plays or writes Music. Musicians can be classified by their roles in creating or performing music An instrumentalist plays a
Perkins was born in Belzoni, Mississippi. Belzoni (pronounced Bell-zone-uh is a city in Humphreys County, Mississippi, in the Mississippi Delta region USA, on the Yazoo River Mississippi ( is a state located in the Deep South of the United States  He began his career as a guitarist, but then injured the tendons in his left arm in a fight with a choirgirl in Helena, Arkansas. A guitarist is a Musician who plays the Guitar. Guitarists may perform solo pieces or play with ensembles and bands of a wide variety of genres A tendon (or sinew) is a tough band of Fibrous connective tissue that usually connects Muscle to Bone and is capable of withstanding tension Helena is the eastern portion of Helena-West Helena Arkansas, a city in Phillips County Arkansas. Arkansas ( is a state located in the southern region of the United States. Unable to play guitar, Perkins switched to the piano, and also switched from Robert Nighthawk's KFFA radio program to Sonny Boy Williamson's King Biscuit Time. The guitar is a Musical instrument with ancient roots that is used in a wide variety of musical styles The piano is a Musical instrument played by means of a keyboard that produces sound by striking steel strings with Felt covered hammers Robert Lee McCollum ( 30 November 1909 &ndash 5 November 1967) was an American Bluesman who played and recorded under Radio is the transmission of signals by Modulation of electromagnetic waves with frequencies below those of visible Light. Aleck "Rice" Miller ( December 5 1899 or March 11 1908 – May 25 1965) a "King Biscuit Time" is also the name under which ex- Beta-Band frontman Steve Mason releases his solo work He continued working with Nighthawk, however, accompanying him on 1950's "Jackson Town Gal".
In the 1950s, Perkins joined Earl Hooker and began touring, stopping to record "Pinetop's Boogie Woogie" (written by Pinetop Smith) at Sam Phillips' studio in Memphis, Tennessee. The 1950s Decade refers to the years of 1950 to 1959 inclusive Earl Hooker ( January 15, 1929 in Clarksdale Mississippi – April 21, 1970 in Chicago Illinois) was an American Clarence Smith, better known as Pinetop Smith or Pine Top Smith ( 11 June, 1904 - 15 March, 1929) was an influential American Samuel Cornelius Phillips ( January 5, 1923 – July 30, 2003) better known as Sam Phillips, was an American Memphis is a City in the southwest corner of Tennessee, and the County seat of Shelby County. Tennessee ( is a state located in the Southern United States. ("They used to call me Pinetop," he recalled, "because I played that song. ") However, Perkins was only 15 years old in 1928, when Smith originally recorded "Pinetop's Boogie Woogie".
Perkins then relocated to Illinois and left music until Hooker convinced him to record again in 1968. The State of Illinois ( roughly ill-i-NOY is a state of the United States of America, the 21st to be admitted to the Union.
When Otis Spann left the Muddy Waters band in 1969, Perkins was chosen to replace him. Otis Spann ( March 21 1930 – April 24 1970) was an American Blues Musician. For the album by Redman, see Muddy Waters (album. For the college football coach see Muddy Waters (football coach. He stayed for more than a decade, then left with several other musicians to form the Legendary Blues Band with Willie "Big Eyes" Smith, recording through the late 1970s, 80s and early 90s. Willie "Big Eyes" Smith (born January 19, 1936 in Helena Arkansas) is an American Blues vocalist, and This article is about the Decade 1970-1979 For the Year 1970 see 1970. The 1980s was the decade spanning from January 1 1980 to December 31 1989. The 1990s collectively refers to the years between and including 1990 and 1999
Although he has appeared as a sideman on countless recordings, Perkins never had an album devoted solely to his artistry, until the release of After Hours on Blind Pig Records in 1988. A sideman is a professional Musician who is hired to perform or record with a group of which he is not a regular member 
His robust piano is fairly presented in On Top (1992), an easy-going recital of blues standards with his old Waters' associate, Jerry Portnoy on harmonica. Jerry Portnoy (born 1943 in Chicago Illinois) is a Harmonica Musician. A harmonica is a free reed Wind instrument which is played by blowing air into it or drawing air out by placing lips over individual holes (reed chambers or 
In 1998 Perkins released the album Legends featuring guitarist Hubert Sumlin. An album or record album is a collection of related audio or Music tracks distributed to the public Hubert Sumlin (born November 16, 1931) is a Blues guitar player known as both a solo artist and central element in Howlin' Wolf 's backup band
Perkins was driving his automobile in 2004 in La Porte, Indiana, when he was hit by a train. La Porte ( French for "The Door" is a city in La Porte County, Indiana, United States, of which it is the County seat. The State of Indiana ( was the 19th US state admitted into the union A train is a connected series of vehicles that move along a track ( Permanent way) to transport freight or passengers from one place to another The car was wrecked, but the 91-year-old driver was not seriously hurt. Perkins now lives in Austin, Texas. Texas ( is a state geographically located in the South Central United States and is also known as the Lone Star State. He usually performs a couple nights a week at Nuno's on Sixth ST. In 2005, Perkins received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. The Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award is awarded by the Recording Academy to "performers who during their lifetimes have made creative contributions of outstanding
In 2008, Perkins received a Grammy for Best Traditional Blues Album for Last of the Great Mississippi Delta Bluesmen: Live In Dallas together with Henry James Townsend, Robert Lockwood, Jr. & David Honeyboy Edwards. Last of the Great Mississippi Delta Bluesmen Live In Dallas is a live recording with Henry James Townsend, Joe Willie "Pinetop" Perkins, Henry 'Mule' Townsend ( October 27 1909, Shelby, Mississippi – September 24 Robert Lockwood Jr, also known as Robert Junior Lockwood, ( March 27 1915 – November 21 2006) was an American Blues David "Honeyboy" Edwards (born June 28 1915, Shaw, Mississippi United States) is an American Delta blues He was also nominated in the same category for his solo album, Pinetop Perkins on the 88's: Live in Chicago.
The song "Hey Mr. Pinetop Perkins", performed by Perkins and Angela Strehli, plays on the common misconception that Perkins wrote "Pinetop's Boogie Woogie":