Posted by: DigitalPlato | September 5, 2011

Goodbye to The ‘Last Great Delta Bluesman’

David "Honeyboy" Edwards

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David ‘Honeyboy’ Edwards was last living link to birth of the blues

‘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.

‘His death was announced by his manager, Michael Frank.
‘Mr. Edwards’s career spanned nearly the entire recorded history of the blues, from its early years in the Mississippi Delta to its migration to the nightclubs of Chicago and its emergence as an international phenomenon.

‘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. The two traveled together, performing on street corners and at picnics, dances and fish fries during the 1930s…’
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/30/arts/music/david-honeyboy-edwards-delta-bluesman-dies-at-96.html?_r=1

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