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Birthday Tribute... STARTS WITH A SILENT AUCTION
Eddy ‘The Chief’ Clearwater was known for his powerful rockin’ blues, but also for his flamboyant stage wear. From the iconic headdress which defined his name, ‘The Chief’ to his custom made shirts all decked out in rhinestones on satin embellished with fringe and lace. That was Eddy's style and stage personality to not only play the part, but to look the part.
As part of the Eddy’s Birthday Celebration is a SILENT AUCTION of four of his one of a kind shirts! You can own one for $250.00 or a higher bid. All proceeds benefit the Blues Foundation The HART Fund the foundation near and dear to his heart. Help raise money for the foundation in Eddy’s name.
Eddy’s Shirts Available for Bid Click each photo to enlarge
...AND CONTINUES WITH A GATHERING OF FRIENDS
Yes, Eddy’s band will be playing Eddy’s songs. Sammy Blue known as Atlanta’s “Crown Prince of The Blues’ will be performing your favorite Eddy songs. Special guests will share the stage, Billy Branch and Dave Specter along with surprise special guests.
Cake will be served and a beautiful slide show and video montage will be shown at intermission.
Eddy’s signature stage wear, shirts and hats will be auctioned off on stage with proceeds benefiting
The HART Fund, The Blues Foundation’s charity and Eddy’s favorite charity.
Enjoy Steven Wolf’s photos of Eddy at Space during his last birthday celebration. Click each photo to enlarge
“There will never be anyone as humble and grateful for life and his opportunity to play the blues for you then, Eddy Clearwater. He was so honored to be inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 2016 and to receive proclamations naming it Eddy Clearwater Day on his birthday, January 10th 2018 from Westmont, IL and Skokie, IL his two residences. Eddy was proud to have lived in Skokie, IL for the past 20 years with his wife, Renee and their family. He loved the village so much he just penned a song, “Skokie A First Class Town.” Eddy was going to be the Grand Marshall for this years Fourth of July Parade. Eddy was family, I was his publicist and neighbor for the past ten years we enjoyed holidays and celebrations together. I will continue to celebrate his life, his music and his legacy.” — Lynn Orman Weiss, publicist/archivist
“Eddy was a top notch showman who remained humbled as his beginnings in rural Mississippi. He always brought in fans from around the world and rocked the house. He and his band would have headlined Buddy Guy’s Legends on Friday, June 8th. The Buddy Guy Family at Legends will miss him.” — Mark Maddox, Manager & Talent Buyer at Buddy Guy’s Legends.
“I am so saddened by the loss of Eddy Clearwater. He was like an uncle to me. Eddy watched me grow up with my dad the legendary, Lonnie Brooks. I’d be running around, but listening to them play guitar. We had been working on his next CD release, co-writing was so healing for me since my father’s death. I produced his award-winning album, “West Side Strut” on Alligator Records which just celebrated its 10th anniversary. We just wrote some killer songs together. I was so looking forward to doing this next record with him. For Eddy to have so much trust in me was priceless.” — Ronnie Baker Brooks
“Eddy Clearwater’s 2016 induction into the Blues Hall of Fame will always remain a highlight for me as one of my first official duties presiding over The Blues Foundation. It was an honor to know Eddy personally, and while his legacy as a premier blues musician should be forever revered, I will always remember him for his kind disposition and warm personality. He will truly be missed by all who knew him and all who ever saw him perform or heard one of his recordings.” — Barbara Newman, President & CEO, The Blues Foundation