David Honeyboy Edwards

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David "Honeyboy" Edwards
David "Honeyboy" Edwards.jpg
Edwards performing in July 2006
Background information
Birth nameDavid Edwards
Also known asHoneyboy
Mr Honey
Born(1915-06-28)June 28, 1915
Shaw, Mississippi, United States
DiedAugust 29, 2011(2011-08-29) (aged 96)
Chicago, Illinois, United States
GenresDelta blues, jazz, R&B, soul, folk
Occupation(s)Musician, songwriter
Years active1930s–2011
LabelsEarwig Music, Trix, Chess, Arc Records, APO records
Associated actsRobert Johnson, Pinetop Perkins, Henry Townsend, Robert Lockwood, Jr.
Websitedavidhoneyboyedwards.com

David "Honeyboy" Edwards (June 28, 1915 – August 29, 2011)[1] was an American blues guitarist and singer. Honeyboy was the last original Delta Blues guitarists still performing.

Life and career[change | change source]

Early life[change | change source]

Edwards was born in Shaw, Mississippi, United States. He was friends with Robert Johnson, and was with him when he died.

Later career[change | change source]

Culture expert Alan Lomax recorded Edwards in 1942 for the first time. In his later years, Honeyboy still played concerts around the world, sometimes up to 100 concerts a year. He died on August 29, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois from congestive heart failure, at the age of 96 years.

Author[change | change source]

Edwards has also written a book, The World Don't Owe Me Nothin', which was published in 1997 by Chicago Review Press. The book is about his life from childhood to when he arrived in Chicago. It describes his journeys through the South in the early 1950s.

Awards[change | change source]

His albums White Windows, The World Don't Owe Me Nothing, Mississippi Delta Blues Man, and Henry Townsend [2] were all nominated for the W. C. Handy Award.

References[change | change source]

  1. Bill Friskics-Warren (August 29, 2011). "David Honeyboy Edwards, Delta Bluesman, Dies at 96". The New York Times.
  2. Last of the Great Mississippi Delta Bluesmen – Live in Dallas

Other websites[change | change source]