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us: Edwards, Honeyboy


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    • us: Edwards, David, 1915-2011
    • us: Edwards, David Honeyboy
    • us: Honey Eddie
    • us: Mr. Honey
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    • found: Old friends, together for the first time [SR] p1981: container (Honeyboy Edwards, vocals, guitar, harmonica)
    • found: Walking blues [SR] p1979 (a.e.) container (David Edwards, vocal and guitar) program notes (b. 4/28/15)
    • found: Peterson, M.H. African portraits [SR] p1995: container (David "Honeyboy" Edwards, blues singer)
    • found: Southern, E. Bio. dict. of Afro-Amer. and African musicians (Edwards, David "Honeyboy"; b. June 28, 1915, Shaw, Miss.; bluesman)
    • found: Harris, S. Blues who's who (Edwards, David "Honeyboy"; aka Honey Eddie, Mr. Honey; b. June 28, 1915, Shaw (Sunflower Co.), MS)
    • found: New York times WWW site, Aug. 30, 2011 (in obituary published Aug. 29: David Honeyboy Edwards; b. David Edwards, June 28, 1915, Shaw, Miss.; his parents, who worked as sharecroppers, gave him the nickname Honey, which later became Honeyboy; d. Monday [Aug. 29, 2011], Chicago, aged 96; believed to have been the oldest surviving member of the first generation of Delta blues singers)
    • found: African American National Biography, accessed via The Oxford African American Studies Center online database, July 27, 2014: (David Edwards; blues musician / singer, guitarist; born 28 June 1915 in Shaw, Mississippi, United States; was called "BHoney" Band "BHoneyboy" (Bas a toddler, and the name stuck; left school at age twelve; travelled throughout the Delta and frequently went to New Orleans; Edwards traveled throughout the Delta and frequently went to New Orleans, along the way he learned to roll dice, a skill that provided him with as much money as his music did; in 1942 the folklorist Alan Lomax recorded Honeyboy Edwards for the Library of Congress; recorded four songs for Artist Records in Houston in 1951; he was invited to play in Vienna and flew to Europe for the first time in 1968; when he returned he lost his job as a security guard and went back to playing his guitar full time; died 29 August 2011 in Chicago, Illinois, United States)
    • found: African American National Biography, accessed January 16, 2015, via Oxford African American Studies Center database: (Edwards, Honeyboy; David Edwards; blues musician, singer, guitarist; born 28 June 1915 in Shaw, Mississippi, United States; rose to fame with songs like Terraplane Blues; played with artists such as Big Walter Horton, Son House, Willie Brown, Howlin' Wolf, Robert Johnson; recorded songs by folklorist Alan Lomax for the Library of Congress, including Stagolee, Just a Spoonful, and Worried Life Blues (1942); recorded four songs for Artist Records in Houston, including, Build Myself a Cave and Who May Your Regular Be (1951); died 29 August 2011 in Chicago, Illinois, United States)
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