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Joe Willie “Pinetop” Perkins : July 7, 1913 – March 21, 2011

It was with the deepest, most profound sadness that I discovered today that Pinetop Perkins had passed away peacefully at his home in Austin, Texas. It was just over a year ago that I had the singular pleasure of meeting this legendary 96 year-old delta bluesman, shaking his hand getting him to sign a CD and watching him perform. He amazed and inspired me. So much so, that I wrote a song about him: “96 on Sixth” for my album of the trip, Blue Odyssey.

 

My cartoon inspired by meeting Pinetop at Nuno's

Few people in this world are worthy of the accolade ‘legendary’. but Pine was one of them. The album he signed for me, recorded aged 94, was evidence of his continuing dedication to music, and was full of guest appearances from Eric Clapton, BB King, Jimmy Vaughn, etc – showing in just how high regard he was held.  He also won a Grammy last year for his collaboration with Willy ‘Big Eyes’ Smith.

 

The CD he signed for me

Bluesmen like Pine are International treasures, and with his passing a little more of the Blues moves from the present into the history books. We need to keep it alive, singing his songs, and playing his wonderful records. Pinetop, the honour was mine, I salute you. God bless. R.I.P.

Here’s the song I wrote for him, featuring Stef Cybichowski on drums, who told me the sad news today. This one’s for you Pinetop.

Visit Pinetop’s website to find out more about him.

Kev Moore

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March 22, 2011 - Posted by | Blue Odyssey CD, blues, Home Studio, Music, Recording, Thoughts, Uncategorized, Writing | , , , , , ,

7 Comments »

  1. […] This was a terrible moment for us. We met Pinetop Perkins in Austin in February 2010, by accident, he was just sitting next to us at Nuno’s on 6th Street, ready to go on stage. We had no idea that Pinetop was living in Austin, and even less that he was performing at Nuno’s sometimes. How lucky we have been!!!! But you’d better go to Kevin’s site and read about it, he can tell all these things much better than me. He wrote a song in his honour, “96 on 6th”…, and even made an artwork featuring Pinetop Perkins… all this to see and listen to on Moore:Music. […]

    Pingback by This is terrible… Pinetop is gone! « Infinity + some + 2 | March 22, 2011

  2. I was just posting a message on the Motorway Madness topic and just happened to put my comments about Pinewood on there.I guess you must have been doing your tribute to him the same time.I looked on his website as well as the youtube clips etc.and he sure was a great guy.When I heard the news I remembered your posts and artwork featuring Pinetop.He lived till he was 97 and still touring planned I believe.R.I.P. Pinewood

    Comment by Tony Fowler | March 22, 2011

  3. Sorry………….I got confused trying to type too fast.Pinetop Perkins of course.

    Comment by Tony Fowler | March 22, 2011

  4. Ah – you found it! 🙂

    Pine was just amazing – even seeing him play at 96 -‘got my mojo workin’, quite unbelievable and inspirational, I was so lucky to meet him.

    Comment by kevmoore | March 22, 2011

  5. Just listened to ”96 on 6th” and loved it.Watched a great version of Kansas City with Muddy Waters Band in ’78 on youtube.Featured his great mate Bob Margolin amongst other great musicians and Pinetops great piano playing and vocals.Great stuff to see and listen to at this sad time.He will always be remembered.

    Comment by Tony Fowler | March 22, 2011

  6. Just read and listened to the above Kev – sounds an amazing guy (both literally and musically).

    96 years old???

    RIP

    Comment by Eamonn | March 27, 2011

  7. He was quite something, Eamonn – I was in awe of the guy. I’ll be happy if I get within 10 years of him and I’m still on my feet, never mind onstage singing “got my mojo workin’!!”

    Comment by kevmoore | March 27, 2011


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