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