at his last pubic performance,
April 16, 2011, on the Delta Blues Museum stage in Clarksdale,
Mississippi, performing at the annual
Juke Joint Festival.
Photo: John Howell
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, 2011.
McCullough Funeral & Cremation Services
851 E. 75th St.
Chicago, IL 60619
Phone: (773) 488-8900
For further information, contact
his manager Michael Frank, Earwig Music Company, Inc., Chicago,
Illinois at 773-262-0278 or firstname.lastname@example.org.