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David "Honeyboy" Edwards

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(1915 – 2011)

David “Honeyboy” Edwards (Shaw, Mississippi, June 28, 1915 - Chicago, Illinois, August 29, 2011) was a Delta blues guitarist and singer from the American South.

Honeyboy Edwards was the oldest living Delta blues player, and continued to tour at the age of 95. Edwards received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award on January 31, 2010, his second Grammy.

Edwards was born in Shaw, Mississippi. He was a friend to the musician Robert Johnson and claims he was present on the fateful night Johnson drank the poisoned whiskey that took his life. Even though Johnson is usually credited with writing “Sweet Home Chicago,” Edwards’ website claims that it was he who wrote the song. Folklorist Alan Lomax recorded Edwards in Clarksdale, Mississippi in 1942 for the Library of Congress. Edwards recorded a total of fifteen album sides of music. The songs included “Wind Howlin’ Blues” and “The Army Blues”. He did not record again commercially until 1951, when he recorded “Who May Your Regular Be” for Arc Records under the name of Mr Honey. From 1974 to 1977, he recorded material for a full length LP, “I’ve Been Around”, released in 1978 on the independent Trix Records label by producer/ethnomusicologist Peter B. Lowry.

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