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David “Honeyboy” Edwards
The World Don‘t
Owe Me Nothing.

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Grammy for
Lifetime Achievement
Grammy for
Best Traditional
Blues Album 2008

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David "Honeyboy"
2005 & 2007
Acoustic Blues Artist


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The World Don't
Owe Me Nothing
KBA Literature
Recipient 1998

David Honeyboy Edwards
June 28, 1915 - August 29, 2011

David Honeyboy Edwards, the “Last of the Great Mississippi Delta Bluesmen” has died. On the morning of 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 for Honey Boy Edwards was Thursday September 1, 2 pm until 7 pm, followed by an open mic at the funeral home from 7-8 pm, followed by a gathering of fans and friends at Lee's Unleaded 7401 S. South Chicago Ave. from 8 pm until midnight. The funeral was Friday at 12:00 noon sharp, open to family and friends.

McCullough Funeral & Cremation Services
851 E. 75th St, Chicago 60619.
Tel 773-488-8900

A separate tribute was held at Buddy Guy’s Legends at Wabash and Balbo, Chicago on Wednesday October 19, 2011.


August 29, 2011

Announcement has been made by Michael Frank, long time friend, musical partner and business manager for David Honey Boy Edwards, that in honor of and tribute to Mr. Edwards, The Honey Boy Edwards Fund for the Blues has been established within the National Blues Museum in St. Louis MO.

Preparations for this fund have been underway since medical issues forced Honey Boy’s retirement in July 2011 from his 83 years of performing.

This fund has been created by founders Michael Frank, CEO of Earwig Music Company, Inc., Barbara Hammerman, of Hammerman Philanthropic Partners, Amanda Gresham, CEO of Delta Music Experience, and Lynn Orman-Weiss, CEO of Orman Music and Media Group . The purpose of the fund is to acknowledge the contributions of other elders of the blues such as Robert Lockwood, Homesick James, Henry Townsend and Pinetop Perkins. This will be done through providing scholarships to blues workshops, internships, camps and other events teaching blues history, musicianship, and the business of sustaining a career in the blues business.

Contributions to this fund may be made to The National Blues Museum and designated to the Honey Boy Edwards Fund for the Blues. Such contributions may be sent c/o
Robert J. Endicott, President of the Board, NBM
Bryan Cave LLP
One Metropolitan Square
211 N. Broadway, Suite 3600
St. Louis, Missouri 63102

A Tribute Benefit Concert was held on Wednesday October 19 in Chicago, IL at Buddy Guy’s LEGENDS blues club.

For information about the fund, please contact Barbara Hammerman at 253.858.4435 or see


For further information., contact his manager Michael Frank, Earwig Music Company, Inc., Chicago, Il. 773-262-0278


David "Honeyboy" Edwards and Keith Richards
At The BoxCar Cafe Southport, Connecticut
Friday May 21, 2004