Pinetop Perkins was one of the last great Mississippi
bluesmen still performing. He began playing blues around
1927 and is widely regarded as one of the best blues
pianists. He created a style of playing that has influenced
three generations of piano players and will continue to be
the yardstick by which great blues pianists are measured.
Born Willie Perkins, in Belzoni, MS, in 1913, Pinetop started
out playing guitar and piano at house parties and honky-
tonks but dropped the guitar in the 1940s after sustaining a
serious injury in his left arm. Perkins worked primarily in the
Mississippi Delta throughout the thirties and forties,
spending three years with Sonny Boy Williamson on the
King Biscuit Time radio show on KFFA, Helena, Arkansas.
Pinetop also toured extensively with slide guitar player
Robert Nighthawk and backed him on an early Chess