“Another Man Done Gone” is a traditional blues standard, and it applies to the passing this week of another blues legend, Pinetop Perkins (1913-2011), following the recent death of Eddie Kirkland. Perkins played the piano in the boogie-woogie style and was one of the last of the first generation of Delta bluesmen. Moving to Chicago, he recorded with Muddy Waters’ band for over 10 years and eventually released more than a dozen of his own albums, the first coming out when he was 75. Perkins won a National Heritage Fellowship and several Grammy Awards. Most impressive of all, watch him doing what he loved and doing it so well two years ago–at age 95:
To listen to a podcast tribute to Pinetop Perkins, go to the site of the St. James Infirmary show, hosted by my good friend Dr. Michael Mand. The Friday, March 24, two-part show that will include the Perkins tribute should be available for listening or downloading this Saturday.