Eddie Baltimore - The Space Between

  1. Seven Come Eleven 
  3.Moonlight In Paradise 
  4.Who's Your Daddy 
  5.Lovely Mess
  6.Any Colour But Blue
  8.She's A Spy
  9.Winter Blues
10.Head South
11.Rock And A Hard Place
13.Shutup And Listen
14.Cold Sidewalk
15.What More Can I Do

Produced by Eddie Baltimore
Mixed by Lance Anderson asst by Eugene Brodsky

Eddie Baltimore - Vocals,Dobro Guitars,Guitar
Bruce Longman - Backup Vocals, Bass, Guitar
Jerome Godboo - Harp
Garth Hudson - Organ
Lance Anderson - Wurlitzer, Piano
Mike Sloski - Drums
Dennis Pendrith - Bass
Dennis Keldie - Accordian
Terry Blersch - Guitar
John Meydem - Drums
Dave Raven - Guitar, Backup vocals
Clela Errington - Backup Vocals
Sam Carothers - Bass
Clinton Somerton - Vocal Engineer track 1
Eugene Brodsky - Engineer track 7
Sabastian Chorney - Engineer track 15
asst by Angola Murdoch and Clela Errington

Mastered by Andy Krehm for Silverbirch Productions
Layout and Design by Bruce Longman and Patricia Ormsby

released 2004

Eddie Baltimore - The Space Between 
Released 2004 
The CD that the late Eddie Baltimore had virtually finished was included with admission tickets to the Memorial Concert at the Silver Dollar on October 5th. On it you'll find a rather more serious artist than the one you may remember from his contributions to Slowpoke CDs. In fact, his voice and delivery remind me of Randy Newman with his sly social commentary. Sometimes, as on "Cold Sidewalk", it's not sly at all. Notwithstanding Eddie's expertise in all kinds of roots music, more than half the songs here are straight blues led by a magnificent Robert Johnson-esque version of "She's a Spy". New Orleans is represented by the excellent "Bull Frog" accompanied only by Lance Anderson's piano. It would take too much space to list all the players but Jerome Godboo, David Raven and Bruce Longman shine throughout. Other fine songs are "Rock and a Hard Place", "Moonlight in Paradise" and the lovely "Winter Blues". 
John Valenteyn
October 2004

Eddie "Baltimore" Hutchison was a much loved musician on the Toronto Roots Music scene.
This page is a tribute to him and those he touched with his music and his life.
If you wish to contribute your thoughts or memories of Eddie to this page, please click here. 

Garth Hudson & Eddie Baltimore

Eddie Baltimore passed away on May the 30th, 2004, at 6:16am with Patty and Bruce by his side. He spent his last days at home being taken care of by wife Patrica Ormsby, his best friend Bruce Longman (from Slowpoke) and his dog beauregard. Eddie worked up until the last week of his life because of his passion for the music. Bruce and Eddie were still writing songs 2 days before his passing. One of his last joys was the return of original Slowpoke member Mitch Wallace and those that saw his final show 3 weeks ago with that line up that included his beloved drummer John Meydam, will never forget it. There's a hard time ahead for all those who loved him personally and professionally and we can only turn to ourselves as a community to get through it. We know Eddie is up there somewhere playing with his hero's. 

George Bernard Shaw, Wrote.

This is so sad, and I am truly shocked.... heart broken.

Eddie and I have been friends since we met playing with Maureen Brown in Big Hand. We both shared a love for N'Orleans music, cuisine and in Eddie's case the culture. His trips to the Jazz and Heritage Festival were the highlights of his year.

I shared honorary keyboardist and accordionist duties with Denis Keldie in Slowpoke. We had some great times especially on the Sounthern Accent Mardis Gras cruises. One featured both of us billed and advertised as  "an accordion duel-to-the-death". That was Eddie's sense of humour.

Eddie will not go down in history as one of the musical greats or legends. He will not be mourned by millions nor his life's work honoured in a retrospective. But that does not mean that he did not make a contribution. this was his life's work. It is the hard working artists like Eddie who slog it out in the trenches, with little recognition who have my greatest respect. Eddie carried the torch for this music and loved to play it and talk about it. His complete dedication to following his chosen path, as both a producer and player, made him special in my mind. He and so many musicians like him are the backbone of the art. The disciples of the blues.

Eddie and I have recorded some duets and also some full band songs that featured Garth Hudson on them. This will be finished. Also Eddie answered the call (as he always did, no questions asked) and came down to London ON on short notice and recorded Garth and Maud Hudson in concert. His engineering skills shone on it. His production work with 
Willie P. Bennet earned him a Juno. But it is his enthusiasm that was infectious and inspiring. Eddie was IN. If you had something that was musically interesting or artistically fulfilling, no matter what the money was .... count him in. Man, that's priceless. And in this industry that's special!

Eddie's life work was to express himself through his instrument. He was touched early by a music that came from far away and before his time. He spent his life connecting to that music's primal force, that he was drawn to. In this time of war and destruction, here was a soul who did nothing but attempt to create joy for himself and his listeners. This should be remembered and celebrated. Our society would do better to encourage this as a life pursuit, and recognize the positive 
contributions artists of all levels make to our world.

Though people die every day, I would like to think that when a musician with Eddie's gentle heart passes,... even the angels cry.

I do too.

Lance Anderson

We always had a wonderful time when we had Eddie down to Brantford for our Saturday afternoon Poor Folks/Liquid Lounge matinees. He last graced our stage on April 10, and, as usual, tore it up. Everyone there loved his performance, not only for his superb musicianship, but his wit and humour.
Goodbye, Eddie. It was a genuine pleasure knowin' you.

Larry Goodhand

I had the great privilege of knowing and working with Eddie for a short 4 years. We went on the road together to play a gig in Kingston about 6 weeks ago. Eddie and I travelled together in the van. At that time I was going through some hard times personally and Eddie listened and gave me some great advice that helped me through. As we musicians know when you travel together there is lots of time to talk. Eddie and I swaped stories of our past, present and future. Eddie's medication made him drowsy and he apologized as he dozed off to sleep. The gig went great. The crowd was a young college crowd and Eddie played magnificently as usual. His stories of  blues history,  New Orleans, and Memphis  wowed the college kids and I think he made some new blues fans that night. I loved being around Eddie. His sense of humour (sacrastic and cutting just the way I like it) , mentorship, and spirit made my world a better place.
Rest in Peace My Friend

The real good ones always seem to leave to early.  Eddie`s contibution to music in Toronto was large and he won`t be forgotten.  My sincere condolences go out Patricia, his family, the members of Slowpoke and his many close friends.  GK

Eddie was one of a kind. I never heard anybody play with the same relaxed intensity that Eddie played. He was a nasty guitar player and an engaging storyteller. I played about 5 or 6 gigs with Eddie and they were all magical. He had a great sense of mischief in his performing style. One gig in Port Credit Eddie started telling jokes in the style of Redd Fox. The audience was blown away with his sense of humour, laughing to the point that some people were almost crying. After about 10 minutes the crowd gave Eddie a standing ovation and we took a break. The last joke was "Please don't tell my mother that I have working as a blues musician. She thinks I am a successful Dope dealer." 

Chris Murphy London On

Eddie beyond being a great musician and lyricist was a friend
to many of us in the Blues community. He always offered to come to my need
when he knew you needed it. That was just his way.
Eddie's talent and friendship will be truly missed.
To me and many others, he will never be forgotten.
Sail on Brother.

Eddy B (Brake)
a man with a blue heart

Eddie and I worked together in a couple of bands; Slowpoke, a band he had with Brian Potts and my band; Maureen Brown & Big Hand.  I always enjoyed Eddie's playing and his great sense of humour.  We both enjoyed New Orleans music immensely and I think that is where we originally connected.  It is a shame that we will never share the same stage (in this life) again and I will miss him.  He left us too soon.  I send my regards to Patricia and the rest of Eddie's family, not forgetting his lovely basset hound.  We will miss you, Eddie.

Maureen Brown

Eddie was a wonderful and compassionate music fan and professional. Working in the studio with him was a great experience... we worked, we laughed, we got the job done. 

The saddest thing is Eddie was scheduled to perform at Rick Fielding's memorial on June 5th. Now it appears that the same set of performers should consider adding a new date.

Michael Burke
Cordova Bay Entertainment Group, Inc

This is shocking and sad news indeed. Eddie Hutchison aka Baltimore and I also go back a ways. In the seventies when he provided musical / guitarbackbone for Charlotte Melby and Pretty Face, I booked the band.  We got to hang out a lot and endure the scuffs and bumps of music in bars where"commercial" music kept the taverns full or at least active. Years later when we re-acquainted we got to hang in his musical mecca, New Orleans, during jazzfest. Eddie and I worked on the TBS blues and the schools structure before Alec Sinclair picked it up.  Eddie got out into the schools through the BITS programme, and got in front of Harris Institute students in a well earn ed day job teaching studio tech. I forgot about him being in the band with Madagascar Slim opening for Alifarka Toure, listed below in Brian Blain's gig plug. 

Eddie big ears. Damn shame he is gone. Derek- played psychedelic country blues with "the HUMBLE SPONGE " in yorkville, opened for JOHNNY WINTER at MASSEY HALL- worked with Jamaican recording star CARLENE DAVIS through mid 70's- toured in relentless obscurity for 80's- fronted SLOWPOKE since 1990- engineered over 50 cd's to date- won juno as engineer on WILLIE P BENNETT's "HEARSTRINGS" in 1999- gigged in san francisco, santa cruz, memphis, new orleans , and thenorth bay rib-fest- opened for ALI FARKA TOURE with MADAGASCAR SLIM- wrote original music for and had songs in TWO feature movies- sat in with IRMA THOMAS in her club in new orleans, and with membersof FATS DOMINO's band- has autographs of MUDDY WATERS and SCOTTY MOORE- still alive after all those years of playing in every kind of venueimaginable, from concert halls to supermarkets, from prisons to gardenparties, and even a concert for 12 priests at the briars in jackson'spoint (and no, they didn't dance). 

Derek Andrews 

I saw Eddie perform just over a year ago at a  St. Catharine's at a matinee.  Eddie's performance was a breath of fresh air to say the least.  I waited for break and inquired as to who he was.  We exchanged numbers and I had the pleasure of booking Eddie for 5 subsequent shows.  Picasso once said it took him his whole life to paint like a child.  Eddie had these childlike characteristics, perhaps that is what drew me to him.  Whatever the reason I was touched by Eddie and I am grateful to have made his acquaintance. 
Peter Swanek

About 15 years ago, Eddie joined me for a show at Ryerson.  I was the newbie. He was supportive and professional.  He's been an active influence on the Canadian Scene.  May he keep making music whereever he is.

My sympathies to Eddie's partner Patricia and hundreds of friends - mostly musicians. There have been tributes all over the radio today - what a great impact he had on the Toronto music community. Zoe Chilco has started working on a story for the next MapleBlues. I only met Eddie a few times, and I was looking forward to playing with him at a guitar workshop I was hosting at this year's Winterfolk. Eddie didn't make it to that gig and now I know why... he was deathly ill.  Sorry I didn't make it to his funeral -I'm told there was a couple of hundred players there.  I was moved to tears reading the tribute Lance Anderson posted on this page. Lance said "Even the angels are crying" and Eddie looks positively angelic in that
photo with Garth Hudson. Gentle heart, indeed. That's what I'll always remember about Eddie Baltimore.

Brian Blain

Gonna miss ya Eddie.

Andy McClelland

Eddie Baltimore will probably be most remembered for his quick one liners, but man, was he a good musician! I had the privilege of working with him in Slowpoke for a couple of years, getting to know him really well. He taught so many people how to play and be heard. I think I'll always fondly remember his query when seeing me: "How's your leather bag?" (I am a postie). I'll put some Slowpoke on and toast him tonight. May his heaven be filled with divine beagles. 

Steve Fruitman 

I also first met Eddie when he was a member of Big Hand,and  a year or two later,I helped find Slowpoke a couple of gigs in the Niagara Region.He always found a way to crack me up,and when we opened up Readers in Dunnville,our audience was fortunate to see and hear Eddie and the band on two occasions as well as another concert he put on during our SouthCoast Bluesfest in 2002.  We spent a lot of time e-mailing back and forth over the past few years,and our electronic conversations were always hilarious as we discussed many topics,including the sociological and environmental benefits of monkey bread(don't ask!)  His  version of Little Feat's Willin' continues to be a favorite, and he certainly brought the passion and the spice of New Orleans to our little shack on the Grand River,and we will never forget our Mardi Gras party with Eddie throwin out the beads while Lance Anderson brought forth some zydeco on his squeeze box.  I know that I speak for my partners and our audience members when I say that he was truly a very special musician and person and friend,and we're gonna miss him dearly.

Mark Neveu
p.s. also sorry that he'll never get to see his beloved Leafs win the Cup (not like that was ever gonna happen!)

I had the privilege and honour of spending time with eddie before his death. We had met seven years ago when he recorded tunes for my first collection. Then and in subsequent sessions, any time spent with ed was a pleasure; he was always a thoughtful, thorough and creative professional in his art, and an amazing musician. And then, on top of all that, he was a sweetheart of a person and a friend, and crazy fun. Perverse whenever he could be, to my continued delight; it’s hard to believe he is gone. Seeing his picture on this site made me unbearably sad.

I had known he was going to die. Besides the connection through music, I had become a therapist to eddie in the last few months. It was wonderful and awful – wonderful to be with him, and his ‘spirit’, as I experienced his energy, and awful to see him in such pain. But he would not stop living and doing, not until the very last moment. He played and recorded right to the end – a monumental task - but for him, the only way to go… I loved him and will miss him. 

Zoe Chilco

The luckiest of us have five people in ours lives that you can always count on, each one possessing specific qualities . (The Circle of Five). These are the ones you call in the middle of the night. They are ones who respond immediately without asking what you want or why you are calling. They are the ones who you don't talk to for a year and then when you do its as if you saw them yesterday. In 1985 I was introduced to someone who would complete for me that special circle. The highest honour I could ever hope to achieve, for my life, is if I was that for him. 

Meegwich Ed.

(down to four now)

I had the pleasure of teaching at the Harris Institute with Ed for the past 15 years.   He and Slowpoke played at my 40th birthday about 12 years ago, so we go back a bit.  But far from being a "jaded old fart", he still had more passion for good music than most people half his age.

He always had a joke that he couldn't wait to spring on you.   Eddie was loved and respected by his students (as head of the department, I got to read all the student/teacher evaluations).   He was one of those rare guys in the music business that you never heard a bad word about from anyone.

In the words of our mutual friend songwriter Norm Hacking, "I'm richer for the time we spent together"

You were in it for all the right reasons, my friend.

Doug McClement

I have just heard the news of Eddie's promotion to the big blues band. Although I have not kept in contact with Eddie over the years, my sense of loss is large. I first met Ed in the early 80's when I replaced him in a band called Big Deal. When I left Big Deal  I was hired by Winston Hancock to fill the vacancy left by ,you guessed it, Ed.This became a running joke between Ed and myself and we got a lot of mileage from it . On two occasions Ed asked me to join Slowpoke for some engagements. I can 't remember having so much fun on a bandstand. Ed's sense of humour and his mischievous nature lightened our lives and all who worked with him will mourn his contribution to music and to our lives My condolences to his family in this sad time. I'll miss you Eddie, Rock on buddy.

Trevor Huggett

I'm a 60-year-old just learning to play guitar. I had the pleasure of a dozen or so lessons with Eddie, down in his basement. What a gentle, kind man!  I'm sure it must be frustrating for a musician of Eddie's calibre to sit and listen to the painful fumblings of someone like me, but he did it so graciously and enthusiastically. I have some notes from him with some exercises that I'll treasure and make sure I master, for Eddie's sake as well as my own. I'll miss you, Eddie.

Martin Wills

Eddy, we miss you as much as Satchmo missed New Orleans....

Do you know what is means to miss New Orleans, and miss it, each night and day?
I know I'm not wrong, the feelin's gettin' stronger the longer I stay away
Miss the moist covered vines, the tall sugar pines, where mocking birds use to sing.
And I like to see the lazy Mississippi, a hurrying in to spring

The moonlight on the bayou, A Creole tune that fills the air;
I dream about magnolias in June, and soon I'm wishin' that I was there

Do you know what is means to miss New Orleans when that's where you left your heart?
And there's one thing more:I miss the one I care for, more than I miss New Orleans 

Denis Keldie 

Eddie Baltimore was a great man. He had an amazing sense of humor and would always be making jokes and making everyone laugh. Eddie was my uncle and I couldn't of asked for a better one. 3 years ago I had the honour of having guitar lessons with him but unfortunately they only lasted for one very interesting year. After that I got to busy to have lessons but I always regret not going back for more. 

I remember hearing a story of when Eddie and my dad went out drinking one night and on the way home they stopped at St. Mikes cemetery and climbed the fence. When they were in there my dad took his bagpipes and started to play amazing grace. that was the kind of guy that Eddie was he was always having fun and lived life to the fullest. He was truly one of a kind. 

I miss my uncle Ted alot but I know that he is in heaven right now looking over all of us. 

Thank you to everyone who has been to this page and wrote something down in memory of Eddie Baltimore. I have told my family about this page and they are very greatfull and they really appreciate what everyone has done.

Rock on Uncle Ted we'll miss ya 

Brian "BJ" Hutchison 

"Ted" as I knew him, and later "Ed", and I grew up together across the street from each other in suburban Toronto and became childhood friends in the late 50s, early 60s. I haven't seen him in over 30 years, but was saddened to learn of his recent passing. I'd like to contribute some thoughts on his early life.

As young kids we shared a passion for sports, particularly baseball ("wall ball" at the local public school, Overland Drive), ball hockey, and evening football games on the school lawn. I remember Ed as an excellent athlete and a great competitor. When we weren't on one field or another we'd be collecting baseball cards -- I can remember using the cards to draft players, run our own "league", and keep stats. 

But we didn't limit ourselves to sports. Ed was an intelligent, creative kid and between the two of us we could think up all kinds of things to get into. We'd head over to Edwards Gardens and have chesnut wars with neighbouring streets, buy jello packs & eat the powder, but toss away the flavour buds, or spend hours in Ed's basement crafting weird creatures using a torch and toy soldiers.

All of us have defining moments in our lives, and I believe that one of those for Ed came from a serious illness that he beat while in high school at St. Mike's. If my memory serves me correctly, it was around that time that he took up the guitar. I can recall his first band with John Filion, now a city councillor, watching them practice in Ed's parents' basement on Paperbirch Drive. 

We slowly drifted apart when we went to different high schools. Ed turned to music and that wasn't my thing. The last band that I remember was Humble Sponge. I look back on those years and now recognize what a remarkable person he was. My condolesences to those close to him.

Kirk Polson

I had the privilege to play with Eddie on a couple different occasions. I just wanted to say that his passing was a shock to me and I send my condolences to his family. Eddie was a great player and a great person and I am honored to have known him.

Mike Hayes

I first met Ed as an underage teenager drinking at the Village Inn (I’m not absolutely positive that’s the right name) in Sutton, Ontario in the summer of 1980.  I loved the band (Big Deal) – they were playing a really wide mix of stuff unlike anything I’d heard live before – and they got the crowd out on the dance floor.  I was a wannabe musician at the time and bent poor Eddie’s ear for as long as I could.  Instead of sloughing me off, we ended up in a great, expansive conversation during which he poured out his passion for the music he loved.  I bought my first Ry Cooder record because of him.

 Many years later, as the host of Dr. Feelgood’s Blues Emporium, I reconnected with Eddie when Slowpoke was born.  Amazingly, when I told him the above story, he picked the thread of it up, remembering details I couldn’t (like the name of the venue J).  He was a generous soul, quick to credit others, too easily downplaying his own contribution to the musical alchemy of the bands he played in and shows he gave.  To his family, friends and band mates, I offer my condolences. 

David Barnard AKA Dr. Feelgood

It was a honour to have worked, played and known Eddie Baltimore. Eddie & Patricia bought us a wonderful blues book and the inscription reads as follows: " To Dave & Roberta, Inspiration for Bobby's Blues Band...from the head of your fan club and your producer/engineer...Love, Patricia and Eddie ** and of course, your best listener with the necessary earage for the job, Beau. David & I treasure the time we spent with Ed. We miss him, love him, always will. We know he's jammin' with Muddy & The Wolf.

Dave & Roberta Barrett

Ed Baltimore and I shared a few things over the past 1/2 century. We both started out in rock "n" roll in beautiful downtown Don Mills. And... attended the same Public School (Overland Drive). Ed was a few years behind me in age, but a world ahead of me in his understanding and grasp of this new music they called rock "n" roll.

Over the years our paths crossed many times...I was there when Ed, Mitch and Brian Potts started Slowpoke, I hung out at the Rockit when Eddy and the Hitmen was a cookin' group. I was around when Maureen Brown started Big Hand and Ed was there making a huge contribution. 

My times with Ed were always a revelation..I learned stuff I never thought I would in his company. I remember crawling into my family van with Ed, Mitch & Brian to travel to Sir Sam's Inn in Haliburton on more than on occasion to perform. God, we had three guys a ton of gear and lots to talk about with Ed taking us all down the long and winding road of his musical experience. What joyous times we had.

From time to time Ed would sit in with the guys who have helped me create an alter-ego – Midnight Al& The Raging Butanes. And from time to time I was invited to sit in with one of Ed's groups. I will treasure those memories.

Through Ed I met some of the greats in Canada's music biz. Denis Keldie, Lance Anderson, Maureen Brown to name just a few.
I will always be in Ed's debt. 

For the last 5 years or so I've been hanging out in Halifax and so I wasn't able to see Ed on a regular basis (we did communicate via e-mail on occasion) ...that does not lessen the my sorrow. I will miss him.

Midnight Al Graham


I first met Ed Hutchison as my Electronics teacher at Harris Institute for the Arts in Toronto.  His thoughtful, patient, and down-to-earth teaching style was extremely valuable to me as a student in that class and was inspirational when I myself became a teacher at Harris Institute years later.  Ed was also my first instructor in the school¹s recording studio ­ thank goodness!  His extraordinary ability to communicate in a clear, intelligent, and knowledgeable manner helped me make sense out of what at first seemed like an overwhelming environment.

In addition to our relationship at Harris Institute, Ed and I worked together doing live sound at some very eclectic shows in Toronto and he kindly took me on as an intern at his studio, The Recording Service.  He was immensely influential in helping me develop my taste for acoustic music and my style as a sound technician at the Flying Cloud Folk Club in Toronto.
These were wonderful experiences that I will always treasure.

Of all the exceptional faculty and staff members at Harris Institute, no one engaged me musically the way Ed did, and he treated me like a colleague from the first time I walked into his classroom.  If I could say one thing to Ed today, it would be ³thank you².

May he rest in peace and may God bless and comfort his family and friends.

Clinton C. Somerton
Music Industry Math Instructor
Community & Media Relations Manager

I had the tremendous opportunity and pleasure on learning from, and playing with, Ed when I was 19.  It was the first full-time professional band that I played with and Eddie hired me.  From him, I learned a lot about music and guitar, the music business, and how to (and not to) survive "on the road".  Some of the "road rules" were taught and broken at the same time!  This knowledge kept me alive and pretty well throughout the rest of my career in the music business.

Later on I was a major fan of Eds' work in Slow Poke and was fortunate enough to sit in on a few occasions.  On another occasion, Ed invited me to come jam at the Silver Dollar club with him.  Between sets, we were asked to do a fill in set at Grossmans, following Jeff Healy (of all people to have to follow). With Eddie's professionalism assured, our set went hot and smoothly as did virtually every performance I did with Ed (Well there was that one time I was drunk when I was 19 on stage with Ed .... man, did he give me deserved heat the next day!!)

His musical style greatly influenced my playing and I can remember the first of his songs that he taught me ...  I can still play that song 20 years later!  When I had a transplant in 2000, I called Ed to get re-aquainted our friendship was instantly re-established.  Through my recovery I receive numerous emails and calls from him seeing how I was, often riddled with his unique searing wit and observations regarding life in general.

I feel not only has the music scene in Canada lost a tremendous talent, but I have lost a friend, mentor and major influence.  He will be greatly missed.

Rob Fraser Morritt

We are ALL richer for knowing Ed.  He was a great man, player and teacher.  I especially enjoyed the bad jokes that seemed to spring from a well eternal, no idea where on earth these came from but man, were they entertaining.  We had the honour and pleasure of having Ed put down some smokin' slide playing on our first record.  He was also kind enough to help us out with those tracks during the album release a few months later.  He wasn't well, but he still played the hell out of those songs, without a word of complaint or worry.  He was just happy to be playing.  We were, and still are, honoured by his prescience there that night and, happily, we have the performance on film. 

He'll be missed but never forgotten.  The music he made is his legacy, as are the relationships that he formed while playing and teaching.  The world has lost a great man but with his passing we can all rest assured that those that have passed on have one helluva great player to keep them smilin'.  Thanks Ed, may you play on and may your guitar always stay in tune.

-drummer, Open Wide Music

Ohhhh Eddybear:


You were a real bastard (in the nicest possible way) and you taught me so damn much that I never really could forget you. You see you were of genius intellect, exciting, worldly and the first slide player I had ever heard. Oh. and after hearing several others over the years, the best one as well. You also introduced me to crossword puzzles (I bet I could almost beat you at them now). We used to spend hours playing cribbage. NO ONE on earth could ever possibly have gotten the high scores we used to get. It was like magic. We were like magic actually, even if it was only for a short time. You wanted to be a father badly and so you embraced my little boy with open arms and an insistence that he call you Daddy. Which he did and to this day you are still the only man he ever called Daddy.


Musically, you started my career. We met at a party and you heard me sing and you got my number and asked if you could form a band around me. I was entranced and fell right into the whole experience.


We had a ball!!! We were hot together!


You were so funny and crazy. The things we used to do. I could write a book!


I loved your silver hair, your perfect nose and your pale big blue eyes. You always reminded me of an eagle. Soaring ... always soaring.


Your love for music was inspiring but your love for the Blues was positively contagious. I'm still playing full time and I draw on things you taught me almost every time I'm on stage. It impresses my fellow musicians that I know that stuff.


Your whole family was always wonderful. Your Moms sweetness and her cooking was like a fairytale. Your Dads warmth and kindness legend. Your brother Brian was pretty cute too.


Thank-you for being a part of my life and teaching me so much.


I hope to see you again in another life.


Charlotte Melby


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