*Just one month after becoming the oldest Grammy winner in history, blues icon Pinetop Perkins has died.
The veteran pianist passed away at his home in Austin, Texas on Monday (March 21) after suffering a cardiac arrest, according to reports. He was 97.
Perkins’ death comes just weeks after he was awarded the Best Traditional Blues Album prize at last month’s Grammy Awards ceremony.
Perkins began his career as a guitarist but switched to the piano after injuring his arm in a fight. He went on to tour with Ike Turner in the 1950s and also played with Muddy Waters.
In 2005, he accepted a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and two years later, he won another Grammy for Best Traditional Blues Album. He was honored again at this year’s (11) prize-giving for his record “Joined at the Hip,” which he recorded with Willie “Big Eyes” Smith.
“He was one of the last great Mississippi Bluesmen, and he sure could play the piano,” fellow blues legend B.B. King said in a statement. “He will be missed not only by me, but by lovers of music all over the world.”