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Jonathan Edwards (born July 28, 1946, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA) is an artist, musician, folk singer, songwriter and performer, perhaps best known for his crossover folk singles “Sunshine” and “Shanty”.

With fellow student musician, Malcolm McKinney, he formed the eclectic rock band St James Doorknob. Later, Edwards and McKinney met guitarist and blues harp player, Joe Dolce, and formed a band that was to become the most popular blues-rock band in Southern Ohio, The Headstone Circus (later to change its name to Sugar Creek in 1967, after recording its only album, Please Tell a Friend. ) Shortly afterwards, Edwards left the band to do solo acoustic music. He recorded “Sunshine” after having accidentally erased another song intended for a solo self-titled album. “Sunshine” ultimately became a Billboard #4 pop hit during the early-1970s period of anti-war protests and rejection of authority.

After taking a turn into mainstream country music, Edwards left the business and moved to Nova Scotia, where he bought a farm. By 1976, however, he was back in the music scene, singing backup on Emmylou Harris’s second album, Elite Hotel. After three more solo albums and another break, he joined bluegrass band The Seldom Scene, recording a single album with them before trying his hand at children’s music with Little Hands.

Returning to country music in 1989, he released The Natural Thing, which provided his biggest country hit to date, “We Need to Be Locked Away”. He continues to record albums and, as of June 2007, is still touring. He has also produced albums for Cheryl Wheeler.


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  • LondonLouis and Spotify are assigning tracks from "Jonathan and Darlene Edwards" to this Jonathan Edwards, which is a shame, since Jonathan and Darlene are a spoof couple, who were really Jo Stafford and her husband letting their hair down by gently and cleverly mangling standards such as Stardust and Cocktails for two.

    5 Jun 2010 Reply
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  • francescayeah

    Love when 'Sunshine (Go Away Today)' playes in Anchorman <3

    24 Apr 2010 Reply
  • JoshCIVM

    ...Also known for the landmark sermon Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God. :)

    17 Jan 2010 Reply
  • jmakosharkey

    I opened for Jonathan almost 40 yrs ago. We were regulars at a hole in the wall coffehouse in So. Yarmouth, Mass. A year or so later "Sunshine" hit and he was a big star. I was still playing hole in the wall coffehouses....

    20 May 2009 Reply
  • dcmaguire

    I opened for Jonathan earlier this year. He is a genuinely nice guy, and he gave me one of the thrills of my career -- we rehearsed 5 songs and he had me get up and perform them with him to close out the show. It's so nice when you meet someone you've admired for many years and they turn out to be a real person. Jonathan is one of the nicest guys I've ever played for.

    23 Apr 2009 Reply
  • Ciacchi

    had he been started 10 years earlier he'd be Bob Dylan's greatest opponent. or ally

    27 Sep 2008 Reply
  • Slian

    Funny enough that Jim Croce, James Taylor and Billy Joel are all listed as similiar artists, cause I like them all alike!!! Jonathan Edwards is great! JE and Everybody Knows Her 4eva!!! :)

    26 Apr 2008 Reply
  • PappaWheelie

    Jonathan Edwards '08

    8 Nov 2007 Reply
  • Suaveness

    why aren't there more shouts?

    12 Sep 2007 Reply
  • danimart

    'Sunshine' is so beautiful. Thanks to this music... Shine my day!

    9 Aug 2007 Reply

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