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Bluesman Eddy Clearwater dies of cardiac arrest at age 83

Saturday, June 2, 2018|10 a.m.

CHICAGO– Chicago bluesman Eddy Clearwater, lauded for his guitar playing and flamboyant showmanship, has actually passed away of heart failure.

Alligator Records announced Clearwater, 83, died Friday in Skokie, Illinois.

Called “The Chief,” Clearwater was born Edward Harrington in Macon, Mississippi. A self-taught guitar player, he began his profession in Birmingham, performing with gospel music groups, including the 5 Blind Boys of Alabama. After relocating to Chicago in 1950, Clearwater drifted into the blues, going far for himself as Guitar Eddy.

According to Alligator Records, after Clearwater added a rock-and-roll element to his guitar playing, his then manager came up with the name Clear Waters as a play on blues legend Muddy Waters. The name ultimately evolved into Eddy Clearwater.

His 2003 album, “Rock ‘N’ Roll City,” was chosen for a Grammy Award as finest conventional blues album.

Clearwater is made it through by his wife, Renee, and six children.