Blues Musician Pinetop Perkins Dies

Blues Musician Pinetop Perkins Dies

Blues Musician Pinetop Perkins Dies
GRAMMY-winning blues musician and Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Pinetop Perkins died today of cardiac arrest in Austin, Texas. He was 97. Born Joe Willie Perkins in Mississippi, Perkins gained fame as a piano player on the Chicago blues scene after he joined GRAMMY winner Muddy Waters in 1969, replacing Otis Spann. Prior to that, he played alongside blues artists such as Earl Hooker, Robert Nighthawk and Sonny Boy Williamson, among others. His first GRAMMY Award came in 2007 for Best Traditional Blues Album for Last Of The Great Mississippi Delta Bluesmen: Live In Dallas, an award he picked up again at the 53rd Annual GRAMMY Awards this year for Joined At The Hip with Willie "Big Eyes" Smith. At 97, Perkins currently stands as the oldest GRAMMY winner. (3/21)

 Justin Bieber: Never Say Never Is Top Concert Film
Domestic box office earnings from Justin Bieber: Never Say Never totaled $72.2 million on March 20, surpassing Michael Jackson's This Is It ($72.1 million) to become the most successful concert-themed film in the United States, according to a Billboard.biz report. Michael Jackson's film remains the most successful worldwide, grossing $189.1 million internationally for a global total of $261.2 million. Justin Bieber's film has grossed a total of $10.8 million internationally to date. (3/21)

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