‘Rock-a-Blues’ Legend Eddy ‘The Chief’ Clearwater Dies
Chicago blues great Eddy “The Chief” Clearwater died Friday at age 83 in Skokie, Illinois, according to Alligator Records.
Born in Mississippi, he moved to Chicago in 1950, at first working as a dishwasher and playing with gospel groups in local churches before making a name for himself in bars and more than a dozen solo recordings. He was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 2016 and was nominated for a Grammy in 2003, for Rock ‘N’ Roll City.
A funeral will be held Tuesday in Skokie.
Read more about Clearwater’s life and music, including remembrances from people he worked with throughout his career, here.