Pink's birth place was in Greenville
South Carolina. Having taught himself to play a variety of instruments, he began playing for Dr. Frank Kerr, who ran an enterprise which became
known as the Indian Remedy Company in 1914 to sing
for the public audiences while the doctor peddled his unique 'elixir '.
In the city of Spartanburg, Anderson met and teamed up with Simeon "Blind Simmie" Dooley in (around 1916), who showed him how to play fingerpicking acoustic guitar. Anderson had a little previous
experience at playing in string bands. When he wasn't working and playing for Dr Kerr's traveling show, he and Simmie Dooley might play for
small parties and other gatherings.
Pink Anderson' picking style was fast, light and ragtimey - this means that the basses were alternating and rythmic, producing a syncopated happy sound great for dancing. It's essential to control that picking thumb when attempting this style of playing.
Problems with his heart eventually caused him to hang up his guitar professionally in 1957.
After having a stroke in 1954, he just about stopped picking guitar, and never again played with his characteristic style and flair. He passed away in 974, when he had another heart attack when he was 74. He's buried at Spartanburg, back where he came from.
Anderson had a son,
who also plays guitar and is known as Little Pink Anderson - he plays blues guitar and lives in Vermillion, SD. Listen to Little Pink talk about the blues and his father in the MP3 below:
Little Pink Anderson Talks About his Father Pinkney.mp3
It's unfortunate that Little Pink Anderson, Pinkney’s son, was inevitably compared to his Dad. In fact, Little Pink was quite a good guitar player in his own right. However, at that time in the sixties blues music of his style was quite uncool, as far as he was concerned. However, Little Pink needed to make a living and so the best idea was perhaps to piggyback on his Dad's reputation and play the blues.
The younger musician got help from organisations such as the Music Maker Relief Foundation, who helped him with buying quality guitars and arranging tours. It's striking, but even in the sixties and seventies the son of a famous Blues musician could hardly make a living out of playing the music he loved. It’s just basically the roots of all the modern music that we know today.
Just like in the old days of his father’s time, life was no picnic for Little Pink. In the early seventies he went to prison for 7 years for robbery and was always in trouble with drugs and alcohol. After leaving prison he started to play his music again but his health deteriorated. He was diagnosed, and given treatment, for diabetes.
After this time he started to tour and perform again and play the music that is Dad helped make so famous. It's fortunate that there was this continuation of the style of the old Ragtime & Vaudeville Blues by his own son. In this generation, new and younger guitarists are exploring and discovering the magic of these old fingerstyle blues patterns, once again bringing it to audiences all over the world.
CC and O Blues Pinkney Anderson (Trimmed).mp3
enough, these three artists came from Carolina . Floyd Council, Pink
Anderson ( Pink Floyd borrowed their names ) and Scrapper Blackwell - these guys really knew how to play the guitar!Floyd
Council wasn't very well recorded as a performer in his own
right, but sometimes played in studio recording sessions
playing behind 'stars' such as Blind Boy Fuller, another South
Carolina artists . His guitar was syncopated and could be
described as a combination of ragtime and a Texas blues
style. Pink Anderson (I don't believe that they ever collaborated or
even crossed each others path !) played ragtime guitar and
performed in traveling medicine shows.
Scrapper Blackwell was an extremely varied guitar player who
wrote many memorable songs, such as Blues Before Sunrise and
Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out.
His creation 'Kokomo Blues' was made famous by Robert Johnson
by the name 'Sweet Home Chicago'. Scrapper provided classics
which were to provide inspiration for later masters of blues music. Although Scrapper didn't teach Johnson how to play the guitar, he still owed him a great deal.
Floyd Council (Born September 2, 1911 and died May
9th, 1976) was a well-known performer of the Piedmont ragtime
blues sound, which was well liked all through the southeastern
region of America during the nineteen thirties .
He started his career in the 1920s, performing with two brothers,
Leo and Thomas Strowd calling themselves "The Chapel Hillbillies".
He also played on some sessions with Blind Boy Fuller during the
thirties . His muscles were partially paralyzed after suffering
a stroke in the nineteen sixties , but it seemed that his mind was
still sharp. However, he was never able to recover his playing
ability, although still finding time to show others how to play the guitar. Council died in 1976 after a heart attack, just after going to live in Sanford, North Carolina.
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