Pinetop Perkins was a late bloomer. Although he played piano for the legendary Muddy Waters and is one of the last great Mississippi bluesmen still performing, Perkins didn't hit his stride as a headliner until he was hitting his 80s. And at 97, he's not done yet. He's up for a Grammy with Willie "Big Eyes" Smith for Joined At the Hip for Best Traditional Blues Album. When he sings and plays Friday at Skipper's Smokehouse, you'll hear a man who has lived a lot of history. To put his life and career in a perspective few of us can imagine:
1913 Born Joseph William Perkins
Rosa Parks and Richard Nixon are born; antislavery hero Harriet Tubman dies; Woodrow Wilson is inaugurated 28th president.
1953 at age 40: Records his version of Pinetop's Boogie Woogie, which secured his nickname
Martin Luther King Jr. marries Coretta Scott; John F. Kennedy marries Jacqueline Bouvier; Elvis Presley records first songs; Hugh Hefner establishes Playboy.
1969 at age 56: Joins Muddy Waters' band
The Jackson Five debuts, shortly before Michael turns 11; the Beatles release Abbey Road; Apollo 11 mission puts man on the moon; Woodstock; Hillary Rodham (Clinton) graduates from Maine South High School in Park Ridge, Ill.
1992 at age 79: Starts the release of 15 solo records in 15 years
The band Muse forms; Los Angeles riots erupt; Miley Cyrus, Nick Jonas, Demi Lovato and Selena Gomez are born; Bill Clinton elected 42nd president.
Compiled by Kelly Smith, Times staff writer. Source: Timelines.com