Blues legend David ‘Honeyboy’ Edwards dies aged 96

The iconic guitarist and singer passed away at his Chicago home

The last of the pre-war bluesmen, David ‘Honeyboy’ Edwards, has died at the age of 96.

Born in 1915 in Shaw, Mississippi, guitarist and singer Edwards began touring at the age of 14 with artists such as Howlin’ Wolf and Little Walter. He started performing himself at 17 in Memphis. He was good friends with iconic bluesman Robert Johnson and was with him the night he died after drinking poisoned whiskey in 1938.

In 1942 American roots music folklorist Alan Lomax recorded a host of material by Edwards, but he did not release his own official debut material until 1951’s ‘Who May Be Your Regular Be’.

In 1997 he penned his autobiography The World Don’t Owe Me Nothin’. Still touring the world well into his 90s, he won a Grammy Lifetime Achievement gong last year and in 2008 won the Grammy for Best Traditional Blues Album for ‘Last of the Great Mississippi Delta Bluesmen: Live In Dallas’. He also made a cameo in the 2007 Judd Apatow produced film Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story.

Edwards‘ manager announced his retirement last month and Edwards passed away at his home in Chicago yesterday (August 29) from congestive heart failure.