Tuesday, August 30, 2011

David “Honeyboy” Edwards

The last of the last:

David Honeyboy Edwards, believed to have been the oldest surviving member of the first generation of Delta blues singers, died on Monday at his home in Chicago. He was 96. . . .

Over eight decades Mr. Edwards knew or played with virtually every major figure who worked in the idiom, including Charley Patton, Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf. He was probably best known, though, as the last living link to Robert Johnson, widely hailed as the King of the Delta Blues.

David Honeyboy Edwards, Delta Bluesman, Dies at 96 (New York Times)
David “Honeyboy” Edwards on YouTube
Interview, WBEZ, Chicago (2008)
“Traveling Riverside Blues” (2001)
“Crossroads” (1997)
“Who May Your Regular Be” (1951)
“The Army Blues” (1942)
“Spread My Raincoat Down” (1942)

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