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David “Honeyboy” Edwards – Rest in Peace (1915 – 2011)

August 29
15:13 2011

Update – 8:00 Tuesday, August 30th — The following details have been posted on Honeyboy Edward’s website

David Honeyboy Edwards, the “Last of the Great Mississippi Delta Bluesmen” has died. This morning Monday August 29, 2011, about 3 am while resting peacefully at home, Honeyboy moved on to blues heaven. He lived a long, full life, and he felt at peace. He loved to say, “The world don’t owe me nothing.” Just shy of his 96th birthday, Honeyboy played his last gigs at the Juke Joint Festival and Cathead Mini-Festival in Clarksdale, Mississippi April 16 and 17, 2011.

Prior to his health turning for the worse in late April, Honeyboy was scheduled to play numerous gigs in Chicago, across the USA and in Europe, including today at Millennium Park in Chicago for the noon time concert series. His manager Michael Frank had to cancel all those dates due to Honeyboy’s declining health. He maintained a strong spirit until the end, telling stories and showing off his dexterity in his hands.

Visitation will be Thursday September 1 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm, with an open mic for comments by his friends and fans from 7:00 to 8:00 pm at the funeral home. Services will
be private on Friday September 2.

McCullough Funeral & Cremation Services
851 E. 75th St.
Chicago, IL 60619
Phone: (773) 488-8900

For further information., contact his manager Michael Frank, Earwig Music Company, Inc., Chicago, Il. 773-262-0278

David “Honeyboy” Edwards was the last of the original American delta bluesmen, surviving delta piano player Pinetop Perkins, who passed earlier this year. He was one of the very few remaining living links to the heyday of delta blues in the 1930s, and has been revered as a national treasure for years.

Born in 1911, he was one of the last original delta blues man, adopting the rambling, migrant life of a delta musician in his early teenage years, he may have been the last person alive to have known blues legend Robert Johnson. Edwards was first recorded by Alan Lomax in Clarksdale, Mississippi — “ground zero of the blues”. For the vast majority of his long life, he was a professional musician, receiving several Blues Music Awards, a 2008 Grammy for Best Traditional Blues Album, and last year a celebrated Grammy Lifetime Achievement award.  Honeyboy regularly maintained a rigorous touring schedule, playing hundreds of shows a year before his retirement last month.

While he lived a much celebrated and full life, Honeyboy’s passing creates a gaping hole that cannot be filled in the world of music. He was truly a unique artist, and will be dearly missed.


Please, leave your remembrances of  Honeyboy in the comments.

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