"Big Boy" Teddy Edwards was an American blues musician, from the United States, who recorded 23 songs from 1930 to 1936. Edwards was active in the Chicago area of the United States. There is very little biographical information published on Edwards' life.

Edwards played the tiple, a ten-stringed instrument, and was the only recorded blues tiple player during the period he was active. Edwards was also proficient on the guitar.[1] Contemporary blues musician Big Bill Broonzy recalled working with Edwards, as well as Edwards working with Papa Charlie Jackson. Prolific session pianist Black Bob also recorded with Edwards on several of his later records.[2] Edwards' song "Louise", recorded in 1934, was covered by Broonzy as "Louise Louise Blues".[3]

Recordings

Between 1930 and 1936, Edwards recorded 23 songs for the Vocalion,[4] Melotone,[5] Bluebird,[6] Brunswick,[7] and Decca[8] record labels. Edwards was given several pseudonyms by the record companies that issued his recordings; these included "Teddy Edwards", ""Big Boy" Teddy Edwards", and "Eddy Teddy". Edwards' 1930 and 1931 records differ from his later output, singing with a simple tiple accompaniment. All of Edwards' sessions after this show him in a band setting with more of a pop music style, being accompanied by Big Bill Broonzy, Black Bob, and others.

1930

Recorded July 21, 1930

  • "Them Things"
  • "Family Trouble"

Recorded September 19, 1930

  • "I Ain't Gonna Give You None"
  • "Lovin' Blues"

Recorded December 12, 1930

  • "Alcohol Mama"

1931

Recorded February 4, 1931

  • "Wild Woman Blues"

1934

Recorded June 14, 1934

  • "Who Did You Give My Barbecue To?" (Part 1)
  • "Who Did You Give My Barbecue To?" (Part 2)
  • "I'm Gonna Tell My Mama On You"
  • "Louise"
  • "Love Will Provide For Me"
  • "If I Had A Girl Like You"

Recorded October 18, 1934

  • "Good Doing Daddy" (Take 1)
  • "Good Doing Daddy" (Take 2)
  • "It Was No Dream"
  • "Louise"
  • "Dancing The Blues Away"
  • "Hoodoo Blues"
  • "Run Away Blues"

Recorded October 24, 1934

  • "Who Did You Give My Barbecue To?" (Part 1)
  • "Who Did You Give My Barbecue To?" (Part 2)

1936

Recorded May 15, 1936

  • "W.P.A Blues"
  • "Louisiana"

References

  1. ^ "Big Boy Teddy Edwards". Martintiple.blogspot.co.uk. Retrieved 2017-10-10.
  2. ^ Michael Taft (2013). Talkin' to Myself: Blues Lyrics, 1921-1942. Routledge. ISBN 9781136734014. Retrieved 2017-10-10.
  3. ^ Paul Oliver (1992). The Story of the Blues. UPNE. ISBN 9781555533540. Retrieved 2017-10-10.
  4. ^ "Vocalion Records 78rpm Discography". 78discography.com. Retrieved 2017-10-10.
  5. ^ "Melotone Records 78rpm Discography". 78discography.com. Retrieved 2017-10-10.
  6. ^ "Bluebird Records 78rpm Discography". 78discography.com. Retrieved 2017-10-10.
  7. ^ "Brunswick Records 78rpm Discography". 78discography.com. Retrieved 2017-10-10.
  8. ^ "Decca Records 78rpm Discography". 78discography.com. Retrieved 2017-10-10.

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