David “Honeyboy” Edwards, 1915-2011

News of David “Honeyboy” Edwards’ death reached the media early this morning. Edwards was one of the last living connections to the generation of pre-war blues musicians. An able bluesman in his own right, Edwards was likely most famous for his connection to Robert Johnson, having been his travelling partner; Edwards was also present the night Johnson was poisoned, leading to Johnson’s death several days later. Edwards had also met Tommy Johnson, Charley Patton, Howlin’ Wolf and many others. Edwards was first recorded in 1942 by Alan Lomax.

David “Honeyboy” Edwards, “Worried Life Blues”

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