Saturday, April 9, 2011

3/28/11 - First Show of Spring with a Pinetop Perkins/Boogie Woogie Tribute

Starting off the show with some Delta Blues classics...

Blind Willie Mctell - Kill it Kid Rag
Leadbelley - Yellow Jacket
Big Bill Broonzy - In the Evenin'
Mississippi John Hurt - Louis Collins

Pinetop Perkins (July 7, 1913 - March 21, 2011)
Joseph William "Pinetop" Perkins was born in Mississippi in 1913 and started playing guitar and piano at a young age. After suffering an arm injury, he dropped the guitar and went on to become known for his piano playing. He toured with other great musicians at the time, such as Sonny Boy Williamson and Elmore James. He recorded tracks with Earl Hooker in the 50's.
(L to R): Joe Willie Wilkins, Pinetop Perkins, Sonny Boy Williamson II, announcer Hugh Smith, James "Peck" Curtis, and Houston Stackhouse on the King Biscuit Time program in the KFFA Radio studio, 1944

His solo career was very successful, and continued touring well into his 90s.

One of his own first recorded songs was "Pinetop's New Boogie Woogie," originally written by Pinetop Smith. That's how we started off the tribute - with Pinetop Smith and a whole set of songs from the "Boogie Woogie" genre that Perkins was known for. Boogie Woogie is associated with being one of the roots of American rock 'n roll!

Pinetop Perkins - How Long Blues (from his album Born in the Delta)
Pinetop Perkins - Blues After Hours (Born in the Delta)
Pinetop Smith - Pinetop's New Boogie Woogie
Pinetop Smith - I'm Sober Now
Walter Roland - Big Mama
Jimmy Yancey - Shave 'em Dry

Pinetop's Boogie Woogie covers:
Jo Stafford - Pinetop's Boogie

Speckled Red - Pinetop's Boogie Woogie
"Cripple" Clarence Lofton - Pinetop's Boogie Woogie

Harry the Hipster Gibson - 4F Ferdinand (request!)

Albert Ammons - Pinetop's Blues
Montana Taylor - Indiana Avenue Stomp

Meade Lux Lewis - Doll House Blues
Lucille Bogan - They ain't walkin No more
Henry Brown - Pickin 'em Out Again
Rosetta Howard - Let Your Linen Hang Low
Whistlin Alex More - Ice Pick Blues
Walter Roland  - Big Mama

Max Morath - Pickles and Peppers
Gatemouth Moore - Boogie Woogie Papa

Mercy Dee - Have you Ever Been Out in the ountry
Nolan "Barrel House" Welsch - Dying pickpocket Blues
5 Red Caps - Boogie Woogie Ball

Coleman Hawkins - Hawkins Barrel house
Pete Johnson - G-Flat blues

Jelly Roll Morton - Hesitation Blues
Memphis Slim - John Henry
Jabo Williams - Pratt City Blues

my favorite song: Jelly Roll Morton is known for Rag over Boogie-Woogie, but it's all in good piano fun!

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