Legendary Bluesman Pinetop Perkins Dies At 97 Piano player Pinetop Perkins died at his home in Austin, Texas, Monday. He was 97. Perkins was one of the last of the original Mississippi blues men. Perkins played piano with an aggressive style and sang with a distinctive gravelly voice.
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Legendary Bluesman Pinetop Perkins Dies At 97

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Legendary Bluesman Pinetop Perkins Dies At 97

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Piano player Pinetop Perkins died at his home in Austin, Texas, Monday. He was 97. Perkins was one of the last of the original Mississippi blues men. Perkins played piano with an aggressive style and sang with a distinctive gravelly voice.

STEVE INSKEEP, Host:

And now let's take a moment to remember a legendary blues man.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

JOSEPH WILLIE: (Singing) Now my heart is full of sorrow, eyes just full of tears. You've been gone 24 hours, seems like a million years.

INSKEEP: Perkins told NPR in 2007, he never learned to read or write music, but he had an intuitive ability to harmonize with a group.

PERKINS: I can hear that stuff coming to me before it get to me. How you do that? Did you read it? No, I don't read that, sir. No, I didn't get no schooling. Mm-mm.

INSKEEP: It's MORNING EDITION, from NPR news. I'm Steve Inskeep.

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