David "Honeyboy" Edwards R.I.P. Live Delta Blues Died 8/29/11

Honeyboy-King Biscut 2000
Honeyboy-King Biscut 2000 | Source
Ticket Stub from the first show!
Ticket Stub from the first show! | Source
2000 King Biscut compilation
2000 King Biscut compilation | Source
Chicago Blues Fest. Autographed by the man!
Chicago Blues Fest. Autographed by the man! | Source

Honeyboy!!

I woke up this morning to the news that Delta blues legend, and one of my favorite people, David "Honeyboy" Edwards died peacefully yesterday morning in his sleep at approx. 3AM. I first saw Honeyboy at the Parrish Auditorium in Hamilton Ohio as an opening act for someone I can't even bring myself to tell you but to his credit he told everyone he was humbled and that they'd be seeing "The Real Deal" next. He could not have been more right, he took the stage and proceeded to totally blow my friend John and me away. We waited around after his set to meet him but that never happened. When the headliner came on we sat through the first tune and halfway through the second looked at each other and knew it was time to leave. The sparse crowd seemed like this is the act they were there to see and just looked at us while we were exiting the auditorium. Both the second and third time seeing (and taking photos of) Honeyboy were at the King Biscut Blues Festival in the beautiful town of Helena Arkansas. At both of those I had the pleasure of a brief conversation and got him to sign one of my tickets. Somewhere around that same time I saw him at the Chicago Blues Festival and have photos from that also. The final time I had the pleasure was at a very small venue in Newport Kentucky and ironically it was while the Queen City Blues Fest was going on just across the river. This by far was the best show because I had the ultimate pleasure of not only getting to hear him in a setting that was far more intimate but getting to talk with him, have him sign a few items for me and actually between sets had a shot and a beer and a toast to him and the icing on the cake was that my son Justin was with me. I've seen a ton of live music starting with The Beatles in 1966, probably more great bands than you could imagine but aside from The Jefferson Airplane I'd never had the pleasure of actually meeting and having a conversation with any of them. Honeyboy was and will continue to be, in spirit, one of my favorite people ever. He had fun, lived his life to the fullest and was one of the nicest men you would ever have the pleasure to have known. His book titled "The World Don't Owe Me Nothing" is a must read for fans of not only the blues but of what life was like for a black man growing up in the south and how he held no grudges (even though IMO he had every right to). The world not only lost a blues legend yesterday but it lost an absolute gem of a man. That last time I saw and talked to him I requested a tune called 61 Highway and like the man he was he did that tune. I'll not forget the man and the legend David "Honeyboy" Edwards, may he rest in peace knowing his contribution to the world. Honeyboy the world does owe him something....and so do I !!! Thank you my Brother!! Here's the Chicago Tribune obit, God bless Michael Frank, who was the caretaker of Honeyboy for the past several years!! 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

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prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

I love "blues music". I am so sad to heard about this. The music world would missed him so much. Brother, thanks for writing and share with us. David "Honeyboy" Edwards was so talented musician. I send my prayer to him.

Prasetio


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justom 5 years ago from 41042 Author

Brother Prasetio, I'm glad you enjoyed the hub, he lived a long life and will be missed. Thanks for reading and commenting, always great to hear from you! Peace!!


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Wesman Todd Shaw 5 years ago from Kaufman, Texas

I'd certainly read that book!

I'd probably not know this Gentleman's name without you, Tom. I'm certain that at least one of my uncles knows all about him though.

I'm going to have spending money again someday - I'm "almost" certain of it. I'm not going to go see lots of big acts. I think I'm going to hang in the small venues, and hope to catch a glimpse of some unknown and non "commercial" talent.


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justom 5 years ago from 41042 Author

Todd, I'd send it to you if I hadn't had him sign it for me. This guy is what music is all about. Those small clubs are where I've seen a lot of musicians who went on to be major acts. Besides those big acts now expect big bucks and you know what I say to that!!!


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lisadpreston 5 years ago from Columbus, Ohio

What a nice hub and tribute to a wonderful musician. Really sad tho. Are you a fellow Ohioan?


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justom 5 years ago from 41042 Author

Thanks Lisa, it is sad but he did live a long life. Yep I'm from Cincinnati *though I live across the river in Northern Ky.now. You're in Columbus, my grandparents lived there years ago and I still get up there on occasion to see bands in the Brewery District? (I think that it's called that:-P) and Little Brothers. I need to read some of your hubs, I've been busy on a new website and my HP stuff has gotten behind. It's a pleasure to meet you, your comments to Micky Dee were very cool. He's been through more than anyone should have to because of that damn war and deserves support. Peace!! Tom


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lisadpreston 5 years ago from Columbus, Ohio

I lived in Cincy for about 3 years. Jon Craig and I were the statehouse reporters for the Enquirer although stationed here. We no longer work for them due to our disagreements with the editor. We were instrumental in saving Shawn Hawkins from execution, working closely with his attorney, Anthony Covatta. This and other things didn't sit well with C.W., the editor. Oh well, LOL.

I love Micky and I support him 100%. He paid the ultimate price and has suffered greatly. How could anyone disrespect him or not have anything except admiration for him? Unfortunately, we have ungrateful citizens.

I live near the Brewery district. Right outside of German Village. It's a cool place. Maybe I'll run into you sometime. I look forward to reading more of your hubs. You write very well. Peace to you, as well. Lisa.


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justom 5 years ago from 41042 Author

Yeah Lisa, Enquirer=Idiots (IMO). We used to be a milti newspaper city but lost the best part of that and are now stuck with a paper that nobody I know ever liked. You're better being out of there. Congrats on the Hawkins case,Ohio can be brutal You live by there, cool! My relatives lived on 3rd Ave and in Westerville. If I get up there for a show I'll e-mail you. Thanks, I look forward to yours also. Tom


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fastfreta 5 years ago from Southern California

Tom, ironically I just finished a hub,(that I started months ago), as per your request, on the blues. Anyway I tried to list a few of the ones you'd probably get a kick out of. I must go over to YouTube and listen to some of his music. As usual, a superb hub. And as usual an education on some of the good, but forgotten greats of old. You know that I voted it up, awesome, interesting.


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justom 5 years ago from 41042 Author

Hi Freta, I'll have to check out your hub. I've been working on a website and haven't been spending much time on HP. Thanks for checking this one out, hope you're doing well!! Peace!! Tom


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Coolmon2009 4 years ago from Texas, USA

Good article you have written and I am sorry for the void created in the blues world with the passing of David "Honeyboy" Edwards. Thanks for sharing this tribute.


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justom 4 years ago from 41042 Author

Coolmon wow, it's been a while. It was sad and I just heard another of these old blues guys, Hubert Sumlin passed away within the last couple of days. I'm glad we can still listen to the music, that will never die. Good to hear from you again and hope you've been well. Peace!!


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Alladream74 4 years ago from Oakland, California

Thanks for sharing.Another sad year for the blues-I guess that's why we call it...the blues


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justom 4 years ago from 41042 Author

Yes it is Victor but we still have the tunes! Thanks for checking out the hub!

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