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Eddy Clearwater, 83, Dies: An eclectic Chicago bluesman brought...

June 2, 2018

When Eddy “The Chief” Clearwater roared onto a stage, listeners were startled by what they saw and heard.

As if his gutsy guitar playing and growling vocals weren’t enough, Clearwater loved to wade into the crowd or don his beloved Indian headdress or duck-walk across the stage in homage to his early hero, Chuck Berry.

He offered his singular brand of showmanship for the last time on May 19, when he played to a packed house at Buddy Guy’s Legends, in the South Loop, said his longtime friend and publicist, Lynn Orman Weiss.

 
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Eddy “The Chief” Clearwater: 1935-2018

June 3, 2018

Blues legend Eddy “The Chief” Clearwater, who passed away on June 1 of heart failure, towered over the Chicago music scene both literally and figuratively. At six feet four, he cut a striking figure, slashing his left-handed guitar with his signature blues, rock and funk riffs. Born in a Mississippi cotton field and nurtured by rural juke joints and West Side blues pioneers, Eddy personified the journey and breadth of blues culture. Young Edward Harrington started out playing guitar in church for the Five Blind Boys of Alabama and moved to performing on stages all over the globe. Greatly influenced by the skill and versatility of jump blues pioneer Louis Jordan, Eddy was...

 

 
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Eddy Clearwater, boisterous bluesman, dies at 83

June 5, 2018

Eddy Clearwater, a Mississippi-born singer-guitarist whose swaggering showmanship and mixture of blues and rock-and-roll won him wide admiration during a seven-decade career, died June 1 at his home in Skokie, Ill. He was 83.

His publicist, Lynn Orman Weiss, said Mr. Clearwater had suffered complications from a recent surgery but declined to confirm a specific cause. His last show was May 19 at the nightclub Buddy Guy’s Legends in Chicago.

Often performing with a large American Indian headdress or a wide, flat-brimmed Stetson hat, Mr. Clearwater commanded the crowd’s attention. He duckwalked across the stage and liked to wade into the audience with his guitar. Though classified as a Chicago bluesman, his mostly original...

 

 
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Eddy Clearwater to be honored during Chicago blues festival

June 7, 2018

Blues Hall of Fame inductee Eddy “The Chief” Clearwater was scheduled to perform at Buddy Guy’s Legends on Friday June 8th. He was also planning to appear at the annual Blues For Breakfast on Sunday June 10th. With his recent passing, Clearwater will be honored at both events. 

“Blues For Breakfast,” is a song penned by Clearwater for his 1980 album, The Chief. The charity event of the same name is a throw back to the old days of Buddy Guy’s blues breakfast at the Checkerboard Lounge, to be held on Sunday, June 10th from 8:00 am to 11:00 am at the Motor Row Brewing Company in Chicago. 

Blues For Breakfast benefits the Blues Foundation’s HART Fund and PCa Blue. They’ll be serving up a Southern-style breakfast of grits, eggs, steak, potatoes, biscuits and gravy compliments of Ronny’s Original Steak House. Entertainment will not be in short supply.

 

 
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Eddy Clearwater at the "Breakfast Club"

June 8, 2018

LaTrice La Trice Long of Gary, IN host of the popular morning show "The Breakfast Club" holding it down doing double duty on Smoking99.com of Gary, IN Radio/TV Braodcast Studios interviewing Legends is what we do! Streaming worldwide. With Tommy Williams Presenting the WLTH & SMOKIN 99 Lifetime Achievement Award for his 60 years of recording and airplay to Eddy Clearwater from, 'Put Your SiriusXM Radio on ice,' Dinahlynn Biggs' the hostess with the best Soul, Blues, Funk & R & B show out of Gary, Indiana. Also, interviewing, Artie 'Blues Boy' White's son, Joe representing the Artie 'Blues Boy' White Foundation and Scholarship Fund started by his mom, Bettie Payton-White. — with Lynn Orman Weiss at The Dinahlynn Biggs Show Radio Personality.

 
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 Photo by: Tim Holek

Photo by: Tim Holek

News: Eddy "The Chief" Clearwater

dies at age 83

R.I.P. Jan. 10, 1935-June 1, 2018

Edward Harrington was born in Macon, Mississippi, grew up in Birmingham, Alabama and moved to Chicago in 1950. He was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 2016 and won two Blues Music Awards in 2001, along with many other honors.

 

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Eddy Clearwate's, "Doing the model" sampled in Hermitude's Record

Album: HyperParadise, 2012 

From Hermitude's, Hyper Paradise. The song played on a commercial for Google on NBC during the Olympics and continues to get air play on commercials worldwide. 

50 Years Later Eddy Clearwater is receiving accolades for his song 'Doin the Model' recorded for Versa Records on a 45 vinyl that remained in high rotation and in juke boxes across the country. 

Hermitude the Australian pop hip hop band found 'Doin The Model' and fell in love with Eddy's voice and song. They used the song for their new track, 'All of You' from their new release, Hyper Paradise. The song aired as a commercial for Google on NBC for The Winter Olympics and is airing now on Google commercials. A great anniversary present for Eddy 'The Chief' Clearwater. 50 years later a blues song sampled for a hip hop song.