Clarence Edwards Blues Musician
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Clarence Edwards Blues Musician
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
Guitarist, singer, songwriter
Instruments Guitar, vocals
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]


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]


  • 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


  1. ^ Doc Rock. "The Dead Rock Stars Club 1992-1993". Retrieved . 
  2. ^ a b Herzhaft, Ge;rard (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". Retrieved . 
  4. ^ a b "Clarence Edwards Biography". Retrieved . 
  5. ^ "Clarence Edwards: Discography". Retrieved . 

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