David “Honeyboy” Edwards RIP

honeyboy close up David Honeyboy Edwards RIP

Joan Hunt Laughing Rhino Photography, San Diego, CA USA

Early yesterday morning [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]David “Honeyboy” Edwards[/lastfm] passed away in Chicago at the age of 96. He was known as The Last of the Delta Bluesmen as his history went all the way back to the very early days of the blues in the area of Mississippi known as The Delta. As recently as this spring he performed regularly in Chicago and at festivals around the world. He was a huge hit years ago when he performed at the Blues Breakers Blues Fest Broadcast live from Buddy Guy’s Legends. He had a regular gig at The Hideout with [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Rick “Cookin'” Sherry[/lastfm] and was scheduled to perform with Rick and his band The Sanctified Grumblers at this summer’s Chicago Blues Festival but had to cancel due to poor health.

Since yesterday a lot of professional reporters/writers have had some excellent articles published concerning Honeyboy’s passing. I’ve included some links and visitation information.

The following is a post from manager Michael Frank’s facebook page:

David Honeyboy Edwards, the “Last of the Great Mississippi Delta Bluesmen” has died. This morning Monday August 29, 2011, about 3 am while resting peacefully at home, Honeyboy moved on to blues heaven. He lived a long, full life, and he felt at peace. He loved to say, “The world don’t owe me nothing.” Just shy of his 96th birthday, Honeyboy played his last gigs at the Juke Joint Festival and Cathead Mini-Festival in Clarksdale, Mississippi April 16 and 17, 2011.

Prior to his health turning for the worse in late April, Honeyboy was scheduled to play numerous gigs in Chicago, across the USA and in Europe, including today at Millennium Park in Chicago for the noon time concert series. His manager Michael Frank had to cancel all those dates due to Honeyboy’s declining health. He maintained a strong spirit until the end, telling stories and showing off his dexterity in his hands.

Visitation will be Thursday September 1 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm, with an open mic for comments by his friends and fans from 7:00 to 8:00 pm at the funeral home. Services will be private on Friday September 2.

McCullough Funeral & Cremation Services

851 E. 75th St.

Chicago, IL 60619

Phone: (773) 488-8900

For further information., contact his manager Michael Frank, Earwig Music Company, Inc., Chicago, Il. 773-262-0278 mfrank@earwigmusic.com

Read Dave Hoekstra’s column from today’s Sun-Times here.

Read Howard Reich of the Chicago Tribune.

Read Bob Corritore’s Bluesletter.

Visit the Blues Breakers page.

Read more from Tom Marker.


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