Joe Willie Perkins, 7 July 1913, Belzoni, Mississippi, USA. A barrelhouse blues pianist who has been playing piano since the age of 12, prior to that he played guitar. Perkins travelled through Mississippi and Arkansas, and north to St. Louis and Chicago, playing piano, and sometimes guitar, behind Big Joe Williams, Robert Nighthawk, John Lee Sonny Boy Williamson and others. In the late 40s he was stabbed in the arm and has been unable to play guitar ever since, although clearly this injury has not impaired his playing. He recorded for Sun Records in 1953, although only Pinetops Boogie Woogie was issued, many years later. He also accompanied Earl Hooker and Boyd Gilmore on Sun, and Nighthawk on Aristocrat. From the early 60s, he settled in Chicago. In 1969, Perkins replaced Otis Spann in the Muddy Waters Band, with which he toured up to and after the leaders death, also working as a solo act. he made a cameo appearance as a...
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