Personalities | Pinetop Perkins | Sixties | Jazz & Blues

(Piano, guitar, b. 1913)

Belzoni, Mississippi’s Perkins performed throughout the Delta until 1949, when he relocated to Chicago to play with Robert Nighthawk and Earl Hooker through the 1950s. In 1969 he replaced Otis Spann in Muddy Waters’ band. Perkins stayed until 1980, when he, Calvin Jones (bass), Jerry Portnoy (harmonica) and Willie Smith (drums) left Waters to form the Legendary Blues Band. Perkins still works as a solo artist and with the Muddy Waters Tribute Band.

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Jazz & Blues, founding editor Howard Mandel


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