Joseph Bob "Pinetop" Perkins was America's longest living bluesman.
Mr. Perkins died of cardiac arrest Monday at his home in Austin, Tx. He was 97 years old.
Mr. Perkins replaced Otis Spann in Muddy Waters band--when he was 56 years old. Mr. Perkins also played guitar on Sonny Boy Williamson's mystical King Biscuit Flour Hour radio program on KFFA in Helena, Ark. He played background music to cockfights and recorded with Chris and Mick Jagger. He won his second Grammy this year for Best Traditional Blues Album for "Joined at the Hip," which he recorded with former Waters drummer Willie "Big Eyes" Smith.
Mr. Perkins became the oldest person to win a Grammy award. (Edging out George Burns).
"He was happy about the Grammy but he was happiest on playing on somebody's bandstand," Smith said Monday from his Chicago home. "The Grammy was icing on the cake........