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Anderson grew up in Spartanburg, and in 1914 he worked with Dr. Kerr, where he had to amuse and engage the public, while Kerr tried to sell a potion which he attributed healing effect. A few years later learned Anderson Safavi Dooley , who learned to sing the blues . In periods that he worked with Dr. Kerr, Anderson played not with Dooley in the region around Spartanburg.
Dr. Kerr quit working in 1945, and Anderson remained in his native region as a singer, in which he accompanied himself on guitar and harmonica. Until 1957 he continued to occur, until he was forced to stop because of heart problems. In his career, Anderson took a few plates on and worked on the film The backing Bluesmen (1963).
Anderson's son Alvin is also blues singer (under the name Little Pink Anderson) and performs with his father's work.
- 1961-American Street Songs
- 1961-vol. 1 Carolina Bluesman
- 1962-Carolina Medicine Show Hokum & Blues
- 1962-vol. 2 Medicine Show Man
- 1963-Ballad & Folksinger strings, vol. 3
- When Syd Barrett in 1965 had to invent a new name for his band, he chose The Pink Floyd Sound (later shortened to Pink Floyd). Barrett used the names of Pink Anderson and Floyd Council whom he had found on the cover notes of a Blind Boy Fuller LP (Philips BBL-7512): "Pink Anderson or Floyd Council — these were a few amongst the many blues singers that were to be heard in the rolling hills of the Piedmont, or meandering with the streams through the wooded valleys".