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Pinetop Perkins played piano until he was 97 years old, so this previously unreleased set featuring Perkins relaxed and nimble in both solo and small-combo studio sessions in 1986, when he was a young 73 years old, is really just a drop in the bucket of his long career (which began in 1969 when he replaced Otis Spann as Muddy Waters' piano player). But it is indeed a heavenly drop at that, since Perkins is so obviously comfortable here. Among the highlights are versions of "Sitting on Top of the World," with longtime friend Willie "Big Eyes" Smith on vocals, and "Since I Fell for You," featuring the soulful voice of Otis Clay.

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"There's No More I Can Do; Baby!"

.."No More Can I Say!"...Well; I say; "That's All Right"; Pinetop; At 97; You'll be Rockin' up in Heaven!-What a Phenomenal Career Arc; 70 years of "Ticking The Ivories" with some of the most Heavyweight Names in the Blues Business!-The Willow doesn't have to Weep for Mr. Pinetop Perkins; With this retrospective set "Heaven"; He can just sit back "Relaxin!"-The Blind Pig label has brought forth many Blues Legends; And this Classic Chicago Boogie-Woogie Blues belongs on your CD shelf!-"Ida B" A Fool not to highly recommend it to both New & Old Blues Lovers alike; You'll be "Sittin' On Top Of The World"; Man! Grimmbo.

That's All Right for you...

Pinetop! Still jukin and tickling the ivories at 97+. How much better can it get than this?

The Artist Formely Known As CoolFreeHardBop...educating the squares since 1896 (free of charge)!


Born: July 7, 1913 in Belzoni, MS

Genre: Blues

Years Active: '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

He admittedly wasn't the originator of the seminal piano piece "Pinetop's Boogie Woogie," but it's a safe bet that more people associate it nowadays with Pinetop Perkins than with the man who devised it in the first place, Clarence "Pinetop" Smith. Although it seems as though he was around Chicago forever, the Mississippi native actually got a relatively late start on his path to Windy City immortality. It was only when Muddy Waters took him on to replace Otis Spann in 1969 that Perkins' rolling...
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