Personalities | Eddy Clearwater | Eighties | Jazz & Blues

(Guitar, vocals, b. 1933)

Mississippi-born Eddy Harrington left the South in 1950 and established himself on Chicago’s West Side as a Chuck Berry imitator named Guitar Eddy. He later took the stage name Clear Waters as a takeoff on Muddy Waters, but finally settled on Eddy ‘The Chief’ Clearwater, a nickname he got from his penchant for wearing Native American headdresses onstage. His tough, slashing, southpaw guitar attack is best documented on 1980’s Rooster Blues debut, The Chief.

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Jazz & Blues, founding editor Howard Mandel


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