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Pinetop Perkins, Legendary Bluesman, Dies At 97


Pinetop Perkins, one of the last old-school bluesmen who played with Muddy Waters and became the oldest Grammy winner this year, died Monday at his home of cardiac arrest. He was 97.

The piano man played with an aggressive style and sang with a distinctive gravelly voice.

B.B. King said in an emailed statement that he was saddened by the loss of his friend. "He was one of the last great Mississippi Bluesmen," King said. "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."

Perkins, who had no survivors, will be buried in his hometown, Southard said, but details were not immediately available. An Austin tribute to honor his life and music will be scheduled within the next week, Southard said.

Perkins moved to Austin in 2004 to live with an associate since he had no family.

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