Grammy-nominated Chicago blues legend Eddy “The Chief” Clearwater has died of heart failure at the age of 83, according to his record label.
Alligator Records announced Clearwater died Friday (June 1st) in Skokie, Illinois.
His wife, Renee Greenman Harrington Clearwater and his family were with him at Skokie Hospital when he passed.
Known as “The Chief,” the Blues singer was born Edward Harrington in Macon, Mississippi. A self-taught guitarist, he began his career in Birmingham, performing with gospel music groups, including the Five Blind Boys of Alabama. After moving to Chicago in 1950, he drifted into the blues, making a name for himself as Guitar Eddy.
My prayers are with the Clearwater family