Friday, March 25, 2011
A Few Items of Note
In his early career, he played with Robert Nighthawk and Sonny Boy Williamson on their radio shows in Helena, and with Nighthawk during his early 1950's sessions with Chess Records. He also played with B. B. King and Earl Hooker, and during his tenure with Hooker, he recorded his version of Pinetop Smith's "Pinetop Boogie Woogie," that earned him his nickname for good (he had also been called "Pinetop" during his King Biscuit days with Williamson).
Perkins left the scene for most of the 60's, but came back in 1969 to replace Otis Spann in Muddy Waters' band and held down the piano stool for the next twelve years, leaving with several other members to form The Legendary Blues Band. They recorded a couple of albums for Rounder in the 1980's.