Clarence Edwards (blues musician)

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Clarence Edwards
Born (1933-03-25)March 25, 1933
Lindsay, Louisiana, United States
Died May 20, 1993(1993-05-20) (aged 60)
Baton Rouge, Louisiana, United States
Genres Swamp blues, Louisiana blues, electric blues
Occupation(s) Guitarist, singer, songwriter
Instruments Guitar, vocals
Years active Mid 1950s–1993
Labels Various

Clarence Edwards (March 25, 1933 – May 20, 1993) was an American blues musician from Louisiana, best known for his recordings of "Lonesome Bedroom Blues" and "I Want Somebody".[1] It was not until the late 1980s that Edwards was able to establish his reputation as a blues performer, assisted by his producer and manager Stephen Coleridge.[2]

Biography[edit]

Edwards was born in Lindsay, Louisiana, one of fourteen children, and relocated with his family at the age of twelve to Baton Rouge. He joined the Boogie Beats, a local blues band, along with one of his brothers, Cornelius, in the mid-1950s, and later played in the Bluebird Kings. Edwards was shot in the leg in a fracas outside a club in Alsen.[3]

Initially, Edwards found full-time employment on a farm, but he later worked for thirty years at Thomas Scrap.[3] Dr. Harry Oster recorded Edwards between 1959 and 1961, with Cornelius and the violin player Butch Cage.[2] By 1970, when he next recorded, for the producer Mike Vernon, Edwards had moved from an older styling to a more contemporary approach.[4] He was not widely known until the late 1980s, when he performed on the national blues festival circuit.[3]

Swampin' (1991) and Louisiana Swamp Blues, Vol. 4 (1993) showcased the range of Edwards's style, which gained appreciation among blues aficianados.

Edwards died in May 1993, in Louisiana, at the age of 60.[3]

His earlier work was posthumously remastered and issued on the CD Swamps the Word.[3] The compilation album I Looked Down That Railroad was released in 2003.[4]

Discography[edit]

  • Swampin', 1991 (New Rose Records)
  • Louisiana Swamp Blues, Vol. 4, 1993 (Wolf Records)
  • Swamps the Word, 1998 (Blues Factory)
  • I Looked Down That Railroad, 2003 (Last Call)[5]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Doc Rock. "The Dead Rock Stars Club 1992–1993". Thedeadrockstarsclub.com. Retrieved 2014-01-26. 
  2. ^ a b Herzhaft, Gérard (1997). Encyclopedia of the blues (2nd ed.). Fayetteville: The University of Arkansas Press. p. 144. ISBN 1-55728-452-0. 
  3. ^ a b c d e Huey, Steve. "Clarence Edwards: Biography". AllMusic.com. Retrieved 2014-01-26. 
  4. ^ a b "Clarence Edwards Biography". Oldies.com. Retrieved 2014-01-26. 
  5. ^ "Clarence Edwards: Discography". AllMusic.com. Retrieved 2014-01-26. 

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