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Pink Anderson

Pink Anderson was born on 12 February 1900 in Laurens, South Carolina. His full birth name was Pinkney Anderson and was raised in Greenville and Spartanburg.
In 1914 he joined Dr. William R. Kerr of the Indian Remedy Company to entertain crowds, whilst Dr Kerr tried to sell a remedy that was meant to have medicinal properties. He also toured with Leo "Chief Thundercloud" Kahdot and his medicine show, who was often with the harmonica player Arthur "Peg Leg Sam" Jackson.
In 1950 he was recorded by folklorist Paul Clayton at the Virginia State Fair. He recorded an album in the early 1960s and appeared in the 1963 film "The Bluesmen".
In 1965 an english band called the Tea Set discovered they needed a name change, as there was another band with the same name, on the same bill. The front man combined Pink's name with that of another Piedmont Blues artist, Floyd Council, to form the name Pink Floyd Sound. This was later shortened to Pink Floyd and they became one of the most successful progressive rock bands of all time.
After suffering a stroke he reduced his musical activities in the late sixties. A final tour took place in the early 1970s to Boston and New York with the aid of Roy Book Binder.
In October 1974 he died of a heart attack.
Anderson's son, is a bluesman known as Little Pink Anderson.

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