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    Tue, 22 Mar 2011 12:09:09

    Pinetop Perkins Dies - He was 97-years-young

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    • Pinetop Perkins - CLARKSDALE, MS - APRIL 13:  Customers hang out on the front porch outside Ground Zero Blues Club April 13, 2013 in Clarksdale, Mississippi. Dozens of blues artists performed in Clarksdale over the weekend during the city's Juke Joint Festival, a celebration of the region's musical heritage. Clarksdale is located at the crossroads of Highways 61 and 49 where, according to legend, Robert Johnson sold his soul to the Devil in exchange for his mastery of the blues guitar. In addition to Robert Johnson the town has been home to Muddy Waters, Big Jack Johnson, Ike Turner, Pinetop Perkins, W. C. Handy and other music legends.

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    A moment of silence please, as The Associated Press reports that Pinetop Perkins has died at his home in Austin, Texas. He was 97-years-young. His manager, Hugh Southard, confirmed the news, saying Perkins woke up with chest pains and died of cardiac arrest on Monday. He was one of the last true bluesmen and he will be missed.

    R.I.P. Pinetop Perkins.

    Who is your favorite blues musician?

    —Amy Sciarretto

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