According to his website, David “Honeyboy” Edwards, one of the last pre-war bluesmen, died age 96 yesterday morning at around 3 am. Edwards was a musician his entire life, and began touring when he was only 14 years old, and had already established himself as a solo artist at age 17. He was good friends with fellow blues legend Robert Johnson, and was reportedly with him the night he died in 1938.
Edwards’ played his final shows at the Juke Joint Festival in Clarksdale Mississippi on April 16th and 17th, and was even scheduled to play today (the 30th) in his hometown of Chicago (though the shows had to be cancelled due to a decline in Edawrds’ health). Last month, Edwards’ manager announced he was going to retire soon. The man was an icon, and played (almost) his entire life.