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HONEYBOY EDWARDS/ Early Recordings


HONEYBOY EDWARDS/ Early Recordings


 Honeyboy Edwards a été un acteur important de l'histoire de la migration du blues du Delta vers Chicago. Né à Shaw (Ms) le 28 juin 1915 au coeur du Delta, David Edwards a longuement voyagé avec Robert Johnson et Big Joe Williams, Forgeant son propre style au contact de ces deux compères ainsi que d'autres dont il a croisé la route un moment, tels Charlie Patton, Son House, Tommy Mc Clennan, Tommy Johnson, Robert Petway et bien sûr son voisin Muddy Waters. Guidés par John Work, les Lomax découvrent Edwards en 1942 sur la plantation Stovall où il est manoeuvre agricole et l'enregistrent à Clarksdale. Cette superbe série de titres non commerciaux enregistrés pour la Bibliothèque du Congrès révèlent en Edwards un des plus doués de ces bluesmen du Delta de ces années 1940, avec un jeu de guitare en fingerpicking fluide, imaginatif et substantiellement moderne.
        
Honeyboy Edwards. Clarksdale 1942
   
Comme Muddy Waters, Honeyboy aurait dû émigrer vers Chicago mais il préfère traîner au Texas, le temps de graver un beau Build myself a cave pour un obscur label local. Il remonte à Memphis où il enregistre pour Sam Phillips une des plus belles versions de Sweet home Chicago qui restera inédite pendant deux décennies et qui sera même un temps attribué au pianiste Albert Williams! Mais Edwards est aussi à Chicago, attire l'attention des frères Chess qui le font enregistrer quelques grands titres (Drop down mama) mais décident de ne pas les exploiter pour ne pas concurrencer Muddy Waters! Il reste encore au moins trois titres inédits dans les archives de Chess si celles-ci existent encore quelque part!
            Par la suite, Honeyboy fait partie des premiers Aces avec Fred Below et les frères Myers mais les quitte juste avant qu'ils n'enregistrent. Il est du premier Blues Revival mais la plupart des séances que produit à l'époque Pete Welding resteront aussi inédites. La malchance frappe encore lorsque Honeyboy est en 1969 dans les studios Chess avec Fleetwood Mac et que les deux titres qu'il enregistre alors ne sont pas retenus sur l'album original!
            Heureusement, Honeyboy, grâce à sa longévité, finira par enregistrer plusieurs albums la plupart du temps en solo, apparaître dans les grands festivals, faire des tournées internationales, un des derniers témoins du passage du blues du Delta à celui de Chicago.
            Il décède le 22 août 2011 à Chicago après avoir publié en 1997 sa superbe autobiographie (The world don't owe me nothing) que nous recommandons chaudement.
Autobiography

                                     Gérard HERZHAFT

            Born in Shaw (Ms) on June 28th, 1915, David "Honeyboy" Edwards has known and played with most of his local contemporaries, Robert Johnson, Big Joe Williams, Tommy Mc Clennan, Robert Petway and of course his neighbour Muddy Waters. He also learned from Charlie Patton, Tommy Johnson and Son House, all of whom he met and sometimes played with.
            Lead by African American musicologist John Work, John and Alan Lomax discovered Edwards on Stovall Plantation where David was a sharecropper. Work noted that here was "a skilled blues singer and guitarist as well as a clever young man". Thus Edwards was quite extensively recorded for the Library of Congress during two days of July 1942 in Clarksdale. Those recordings show an excellent singer and a very fluent, imaginative fingerpicking guitarist with a more modern approach than most of his local fellow bluesmen.
            Like Muddy Waters and so many others, Honeyboy should have migrate to Chicago and probably he would have started to record a thicker work and maybe become an important name of the post-war Chicago blues. But instead he preferred to drift here and there, working as a field hand a little bit everywhere in the Southern States and playing his music in juke joints and venues. His recorded output during the 1950's is unfortunately quite thin but of a very high quality. He waxed four sides in Texas (only two were issued), one striking version of Sweet Home Chicago in Memphis for Sam Phillips that will stay unissued for decades and even attributed to piano player Albert Williams (!)... When he hit Chicago in 1953, he eventually recorded for the Chess label four titles that Chess didn't issue because they thought Edwards's style was too close to Muddy Waters', which was of course true. Only one (Drop down mama) has been issued on LP, the remainder lays somewhere in the Chess vaults if there still is such a thing today!
            And that's it for his commercial recordings for the African American blues market! Honeyboy will also ne a member of the Aces with Below and the Myers brothers but once again won't record with them. He'll have to make a living outside of music during the 50's and 60's. And when Pete Welding brought him in the studio in 1964 and 1967 for the new public of the Blues Revival, most of the tracks Honeyboy recorded then would stay unissued until the CD years. In 1969, Edwards is part of the Fleetwood Mac's Chess sessions but - guess what - the two titles he takes as a leader will stay once again in the vaults until the 1990's!
            But at last, during the 1980's, Honeyboy's talents will be recognized. Edwards, as an elder witness of the henceforth legendary road that brought the Delta blues to Chicago and as an old partner of Robert Johnson, will record several CD's, be on major festival stages, tour Europe. He even will write in 1997 a gripping autobiography (The world don't owe me nothing) that should be in all blues libraries.
            Honeyboy Edwards died in Chicago on 22 August 2011.
                                                                       Gérard HERZHAFT


HONEYBOY EDWARDS/ Complete Early Recordings
Honeyboy Edwards, vcl/g/hca. Clarksdale, Ms. 20 juillet 1942
01. Spread my raincoat down
02. Chain Gang song 1 (You got to roll)
03. Chain Gang song 2
04. Stagolee
05. Just a spoonful
06. I love my Jelly roll
07. Hellatakin' blues
08. Worried life blues
09. Water Coast blues
10. The Army blues
11. Tear it down rag
Honeyboy Edwards, vcl/g/hca. Clarksdale, Ms. 22 juillet 1942
12. Wind howlin' blues
13. Roamin' and ramblin' blues
Honeyboy Edwards, vcl/g; Thunder Smith, pno. Houston, Tx. 1950
14. Build a cave
15. Who may your regular be?
Honeyboy Edwards, vcl/g; Albert Williams, pno; Joe Willie Wilkins, g; Dickie Houston, dms; James Walker, wbd. Memphis, Tn. 1952
16. Sweet home Chicago
Honeyboy Edwards, vcl/g; Gus Jenkins, pno; Willie Nix, dms. Chicago, Ill. 9 janvier 1953
17. Drop down mama
Honeyboy Edwards, vcl/g; John Lee Henley, hca. Chicago, Ill. 17 mars 1964
18. My baby's gone
19. Angel Child
20. Highway 61
21. Love me over slow
Honeyboy Edwards, vcl/g. Chicago, Ill. 29 juillet 1967
22. Just like Jesse James
23. Sweet home Chicago
24. Blues like showers of rain
25. Long tall woman blues
26. Love me over slow
27. Crawling kingsnake
28. Skin and bones blues
29. Bull cow blues
30. Worryin' woman blues
Honeyboy Edwards, vcl/g Big Walter Horton, hca; Buddy Guy, g; Peter Green, g; Willie Dixon, bs; Mick Fleetwood, dms. Chicago, Ill. 4 janvier 1969
31. My baby's gone
32. Honeyboy blues

24 commentaires:

  1. Honeyboy Edwards/ Early recordings

    Part 1: http://www3.zippyshare.com/v/94662300/file.html

    Part 2: http://www12.zippyshare.com/v/96702805/file.html

    OK?

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    1. It seems that some of you (but not everybody and not me) folks have problems extracting Part 1, so here is another link:
      http://www32.zippyshare.com/v/11022154/file.html
      Hope it will work now!!!

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  2. This is very enjoyable music as usual Gerard and much appreciated by me. Thank you very much.

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  3. Your work, as always, is greatly appreciated. Any chance of re-zipping and reupping the first half; looks like an error occurred in the zip. Thanks again.

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    1. Thank you. But I don't find ant error on the file...
      http://www3.zippyshare.com/v/94662300/file.html
      ????

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    2. DL'ed both parts and unzipped them using 7-zip with no problem at all.
      I'll take advantage of this message to thank you again Gérard!

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    3. It downloads but won't unzip, shows all as packed into the first song. Thanks again

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  4. Argentino/Gustavo Fernandez15 décembre 2014 à 21:49

    Monsieur, je vous remercie pour ce grand artiste et aussi profiter de l'occasion pour salaludarlo avant l'arrivée d'une nouvelle année, je espère que vous comblera de bonheur pour vous et toute votre famille.

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    1. Muchas gracias, Argentino. Feliz navidad y feliz ano nuevo.

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  5. Gerard I tried Pt. 1 of this Honeyboy Edwards collection 4 times, and it doesn't extract for me. I've never had this problem before with any of your files. Please re-upload it again. Thanks as usual for your fine music here, pt. 2 plays fine.

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    1. OK... I've uploaded the same Part 1 with another new link. Try this
      http://www32.zippyshare.com/v/11022154/file.html
      Hope it will work

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  6. Thanks so much for these rare treasures, Gerard!

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  7. Thanks for Honeyboy, a great among the greats and an artist who spent until his last days on stage.
    pablo from Montevideo

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  8. Many thanks Gerard for the info/bio and early music from Honeyboy. One of the greats that I had the pleasure of seeing sometime in the mid 70's.

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    1. Thanks, Xyros for your appreciation. I'd like so much that someone unearth the unissued ARC and Chess (and maybe Sun?) Honeyboy's tracks.... Last time I saw Honeyboy "live" I had the opportunity to chat a little with him but he was mostly telling me about Steven Seagall with whom he had (I think?) recorded. He apparently greatly appreciated his films!!!

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  9. Cher Gérard , Christmas is coming , so i hope the presents i found for my children and my granddaughter will make them as happy as your great gifts do to me with every single post on this great blog . Thank you so much !
    Marc(fr)

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    1. Thank you Marc et Joyeux Noel pour vous et votre famille

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  10. Excellent. As always many thanks Gerard for making all this fine music available to us.

    Bob

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  11. Merry Xmas and thank you for everything you do for keeping the Blues alive and kicking!

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    1. Thanks Marineband... And Merry Xmas to you too with a lot of god music!

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  12. Happy New Year and best wishes for 2015!

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