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Eddy Clearwater
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Clearwater at the Iron Horse Music Hall, Northampton, Massachusetts, April 20, 2008
Background information
Birth nameEdward Harrington
Also known asGuitar Eddy, Clear Waters, The Chief
BornJanuary 10, 1935(1935-01-10)
Macon, Mississippi, US
DiedJune 1, 2018(2018-06-01) (aged 83)
Skokie, Illinois, US
GenresChicago blues
Electric blues
Occupation(s)Musician, singer
InstrumentsVocals, electric guitar
Years active1953–2018
Associated actsRonnie Baker Brooks, Lonnie Brooks, Muddy Waters, Carey Bell

Eddy "The Chief" Clearwater was the stage name of Edward Harrington (January 10, 1935[1] – June 1, 2018), an American blues singer and musician. His main genre work was in Chicago blues. Blues Revue said he plays “joyous rave-ups…he testifies with stunning soul fervor and powerful guitar. One of the blues’ finest songwriters.”[2] He was known for playing guitar with Muddy Waters.

The release of his 1980 album, The Chief, on the Rooster Blues label, made him known on the Chicago blues scene. Two encores for Rooster Blues, Help Yourself (1992) and Mean Case of the Blues (1996), made Clearwater famous.

His album Cool Blues Walk was released in 1998, followed by Chicago Daily Blues in 1989 and Reservation Blues in mid-2000.[3] In 2004, he was nominated for a Grammy Award with Los Straitjackets for their collaborative album Rock 'n' Roll City.

Clearwater died at his home in Skokie, Illinois on June 1, 2018 of heart failure at the age of 83.[4]


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