Pink Anderson spent about 30 years traveling around the south with medicine shows, performing his songs in between sales pitches from snake oil salesmen. He never made a recording until the 1950s, when he was discovered by folk singer Paul Clayton. As a result of these recordings, he was subsequently included in the documentary film The Blues, directed by music historian Samuel Charters. He is also The Pink that the band Pink Floyd is named after. Syd Barrett named the band after Anderson and Floyd Council, another obscure bluesman.