At the end of Tuesday nights episode of 'The Voice,' Blake Shelton revealed that…
- Posted on Mar 21st 2011 9:20PM by Benjy Eisen
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According to the Associated Press, fellow blues great B.B. King released an email statement, mourning the loss. "He was the last of the great Mississippi bluesmen," said King. "He had such a distinctive voice, and he sure could play the piano. He will be missed not only by me, but by lovers of music all over the world."
Although Perkins cut his most famous track -- 'Pinetop's Boogie Woogie' (which, incidentally, was a cover) -- in Sam Phillips' studio in Memphis in 1953, it was his work as Muddy Waters' sideman, which began in 1969, that secured his fame as a piano player unlike any other. Perkins remained with Waters' backing band when they abandoned ship to form their own Legendary Blues Band in 1980.
It is because of these associations that Perkins will probably always be thought of as an ambassador of the Chicago blues sound, as well as an original Delta bluesman. Born in Mississippi, Perkins moved from Chicago to Austin, Texas in 2004, where he quickly became a local treasure with national legend status.
As B.B. King surmised, he certainly will be missed.