Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

8/30/2011 (5 years ago)

Catholic Online (

Edwards was the last living link to the first generation of Mississippi blues musicians

He was believed to be the last surviving Delta bluesman. His musical legacy stretched all the way back to blues legend Robert Johnson. Grammy-winning Blues musician David "Honey Boy" Edwards has died at his Chicago home. He was 96 years old.

An oral historian of the music genre, David 'Honey Boy' Edwards would tell biographical stories between songs at his shows. He was recorded for the Library of Congress in Clarksdale, Mississippi, in 1942.

An oral historian of the music genre, David "Honey Boy" Edwards would tell biographical stories between songs at his shows. He was recorded for the Library of Congress in Clarksdale, Mississippi, in 1942.


By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (

8/30/2011 (5 years ago)

Published in Music

Keywords: David

LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) Edwards maintained a highly active lifestyle of touring and performing, right until he began to suffer from heart ailments in May. Right up until then, he would travel across the country and the world playing blues standards, and spend time talking and sharing his copious life stories with fans afterwards.

In his 90s, he was still playing about 70 shows a year. Edwards would visit with the audience after every show, taking pictures, signing autographs and talking with fans.

Born in 1915 in Mississippi, Edwards learned the guitar growing up and started playing professionally at age 17 in Memphis. He came to Chicago in the 1940s and played on Maxwell Street, small clubs and street corners.

Edwards had played with the nation's greatest bluesmen, including Howlin' Wolf, Little Walter, Charlie Patton and Muddy Waters. Among Edwards' hit songs were "Long Tall Woman Blues," "Gamblin Man" and "Just Like Jesse James."

Edwards won a 2008 Grammy for traditional blues album. He received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement award in 2010. Many feel that his passing represents the loss of the last direct link to the first generation of Mississippi blues musicians.

"Blues ain't never going anywhere," Edwards told The Associated Press in 2008.
"It can get slow, but it ain't going nowhere. You play a lowdown dirty shame slow and lonesome, my mama dead, my papa across the sea I ain't dead but I'm just supposed to be blues. You can take that same blues, make it up-tempo, a shuffle blues, that's what rock `n' roll did with it. So blues ain't going nowhere. Ain't goin' nowhere."

An oral historian of the music genre, Edwards would tell biographical stories between songs at his shows. He was recorded for the Library of Congress in Clarksdale, Mississippi, in 1942.

Edwards gathered those stories in the 1997 book "The World Don't Owe Me Nothing: The Life and Times of Delta Bluesman Honeyboy Edwards." In the book, Edwards wrote that his father bought a guitar for $8 from a sharecropper and Edwards learned to play in 1929.

"I watched my daddy play that guitar, and whenever I could I would pick it up and strum on it," Edwards wrote.

Edwards earned his nickname "Honey Boy" from his sister, who told his mother to "look at honey boy" when Edwards stumbled as he learned to walk as a toddler. He is survived by his daughter Betty Washington and stepdaughter Dolly McGinister.


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'

Copyright 2016 - Distributed by THE CALIFORNIA NETWORK

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for SEPTEMBER 2016
Centrality of the Human Person: That each may contribute to the common good and to the building of a society that places the human person at the center.
Evangelization: Mission to Evangelize: That by participating in the Sacraments and meditating on Scripture, Christians may become more aware of their mission to evangelize.


More Music

Bob Dylan awarded Nobel Prize and changes the Literary world forever Watch

Image of Singer songwriter Bob Dylan has been awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature.


In 1993, author Toni Morrison received the Nobel Prize in Literature. Since then, no American has been awarded the honor - until now. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Famous singer and songwriter Bob Dylan is known as one of the world's most influential ... continue reading

'How do I prepare for the role of Jesus Christ?' New Gospel musical series set to share the stories of the Bible in a way like never before Watch

Image of

By Kevin Jones (CNA)

Actor and singer Jencarlos Canela will play the role of Jesus in a live musical dramatization of The Passion on Palm Sunday. Only he's still not sure how. New Orleans, LA (CNA) -  "How do I prepare for the role of Jesus Christ? Whoever knows the answer to that ... continue reading

Heavy metal band honors Blessed Oscar Romero with unexpected surprise Watch

Image of


British heavy metal rock band, Iron Maiden surprised their audience of 9,000 people during a concert in El Salvador's capital by paying respect to Blessed Oscar Romero. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The band's drummer Nicko McBrain set off a roar of applause from ... continue reading

'I never dreamed I would ever get to play for the Pope': Nuns rock out for Pope Francis Watch

Image of The Servants performed their song,


On his last day in Mexico, Pope Francis witnessed a live performance by a rock n' roll band of nuns. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The Peruvian band called Siervas or "The Servants," performed their hit "Trust in God," for the Pope and a crowd of over 200,000 ... continue reading

Earth, Wind & Fire founder Maurice White dies at 74 Watch

Image of


If you danced in the Seventies and Eighties, there was a good chance you got up to "cut the rug" to Earth, Wind & Fire. How could anyone resist those soaring vocals, upbeat, positive energy, and brassy horn section? All of those classic tracks - "Shining ... continue reading

'God has a plan for us': Christian singer shares the most powerful pro-life message you'll ever hear! Watch

Image of


Christian recording artist, Matthew West has released a powerful pro-life song to encourage pregnant women "not to close the book on their unborn babies' lives." LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - West found inspiration for his song titled, "Untold," from those who ... continue reading

Vatican honors singer David Bowie by tweeting lyrics to 'Space Oddity' Watch

Image of Looking remarkably full of vigor, this photograph of singer David Bowie was taken a mere three days before his death at the age of 69 from cancer.


An artist of multiple disciplines, singer David Bowie, who died at the age of 69 from cancer this week, was a mover and shaker in the worlds of music, art and fashion. The Vatican has honored his memory by tweeting the lyrics to "Space Oddity," believed by many ... continue reading

FIERCE rock singer who in reality was a nice guy, Lemmy of Motorhead, dies of cancer Watch

Image of Unapologetic for his hard-drinking ways, Lemmy Kilmister confessed,


Long stringy hair, prominent facial moles, and muttonchops made him appear as a modern day pirate. As the singer for the hard rock band Motorhead, Lemmy Kilmister would growl through songs that combined the speed of punk with the decibel-destroying power of ... continue reading

Rock singer Scott Weiland 'found dead on tour bus' at age of 48 Watch

Image of The father-of-two was married to his third wife, photographer Jamie Wachtel Weiland, who confirmed his death, telling a newspaper,


Rock singer and Grammy-award-winning front man Scott Weiland has died at the age of 48. He had led the popular bands Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver to fame and fortune. He had passed away in his sleep while on his tour bus while in Bloomington, ... continue reading

Pope Francis: The rap star? Amazing new pop album featuring the pontiff is released in Italy Watch

Image of It is not know if Pope Francis enjoys the finished product of


As Pope Francis is a talented orator, holding audiences spellbound, it was only a matter of time before someone put his words behind a catchy beat to send out to the faithful worldwide. Released at the end of September, the album has been listened to at least a ... continue reading

All Music News


Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Subscribe to Catholic OnlineYouTube Channel

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Ephesians 4:1-6
1 I, the prisoner in the Lord, urge you therefore to lead a life worthy ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 24:1-2, 3-4, 5-6
1 [Psalm Of David] To Yahweh belong the earth and all it contains, the ... Read More

Gospel, Luke 12:54-59
54 He said again to the crowds, 'When you see a cloud looming up in the ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for October 21st, 2016 Image

St. Hilarion
October 21: Abbot and disciple of St. Anthony the Great, ... Read More