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Jonathan Edwards

Best remembered for his crossover hit "Sunshine," country and folk singer/songwriter Jonathan Edwards was born July 28, 1946, in Aitkin, Minnesota, and grew up in Virginia. While attending military school, he began playing guitar and composing his own songs. After moving to Ohio to study art, he became a fixture on local club stages, playing with a variety of rock, folk, and blues outfits, often in tandem with fellow students Malcolm McKinney and Joe Dolce.

In 1967, Edwards and his bandmates relocated to Boston, where they permanently changed their name to Sugar Creek and became a full-time blues act, issuing the 1969 LP Please Tell a Friend. Wanting to return to acoustic performing, he left the group to record a solo album. Near the end of the 1970 sessions, one of the finished tracks, "Please Find Me," was accidentally erased, forcing Edwards to instead record a brand-new composition. The song was "Sunshine," and when it was released as a single the following year, it quickly became a Top Five pop hit.

With the release of 1972's Honky-Tonk Stardust Cowboy, Edwards' music began gravitating toward straight-ahead country; his label was at a loss as to how to market the record, however, and over the course of two more albums, 1973's Have a Good Time for Me and the following year's live Lucky Day, his sales sharply declined. Soon, Edwards dropped out of music, buying a farm in Nova Scotia.

In 1976, Edwards' friend Emmylou Harris enlisted him to sing backup on her sophomore record, Elite Hotel; the cameo resulted in a new record deal and the LP Rockin' Chair, recorded with Harris' Hot Band. Sail Boat, cut with most of the same personnel, appeared a year later. Another layoff followed, however, and when Edwards resurfaced -- with an eponymous 1982 live record -- it was on his own label, Chronic.

After touring the nation with a production of the musical Pumping Boys and Dinettes, Edwards joined the bluegrass group the Seldom Scene, issuing the 1983 LP Blue Ridge. After a 1987 solo children's record, Little Hands, Edwards moved to Nashville; his 1989 album The Natural Thing generated his biggest country hit, "We Need to Be Locked Away." A follow-up, One Day Closer, appeared in 1994. Two years later, Edwards followed up with Man in the Moon. He released two concert albums during this time, including 2007's Live in Massachusetts and 2010's Rollin' Along: Live in Holland. In 2011, Edwards returned with the studio album My Love Will Keep. ~ Jason Ankeny, Rovi
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Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. Tomorow will be the best day of your life however if you don't post this you will die in two days. Now you started reading this so don't stop . This is so scary put this on at least 5songs in the next 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters this is so scary because it actually works.
nik_dangr
If he and Stephen Stills sang harmony they'd sound like twin brothers.
ladydunit
Just saw him last night 5/3/14 in Blairstown Theatre, NJ. Front & center seat. I've loved him since 1st seen in '71. It's a shame you don't hear him on the radio for "$4.98"! Cats, Jesse, Sunshine, & Stardust named for tunes.
He's got the most beautiful voice & soul. He makes my heart smile. Thanks for the song named Sandy!
let me tell you i just saw this guy at infinity hall in CT and he is as good as anyone around. the voice range and control is incredible. the entertainmen t factor is joyful and the guy is at the top of his form as a creator, singer, and storyteller
mfisher1249
Atlanta's Great Southeast Music Hall in the 70's. Beer in buckets and extraordinar i l y beautiful music. Close my eyes and I'm there. Timeless.
Find Carolina Caroline, my favorite of JE.
I feel this song is being lived out by a new generation, being exposed to "progressive " politics in our president and his party...pres c i e n t , prophetic...
Saw him in the early 80's.. He was awesome
Used to love hearing Shanty while laying around the shanty.
10/12/13 Stuarts Opera House, Nelsonville OH........be there!
he's awesome saw him in bath maine in 2008 was unbelievable
tfl49858
Did he write My Name Ain't in the Hall of Fame
I grew up in Athens where he attended OU. I fell in love with his music, and just happened to be in MA and saw him in a small bar in Scituate MA. Sat right in front of him and soaked it in, and later told him I went to OU too. He was unimpressed. . . . l o l I have a grand-daught e r named Emma, I sing that song to her, sort of inappropriat e , but she doesn't know what it is about.... Remember Friends Along the Way? That's how I kept track of him.
jeanio0
It's Pump Boys & Dinettes, a terrific show I saw in the West Village, I think on a New Year's eve.
This song - Stop And Start It All Again - is shown by Pandora as being on the album Lucky Day, but Lucky Day is a live album, and this is not the live version. Lucky Day is an absolutely fabulous live album. You wouldn't even necessarily know the songs are live until you hear the applause.
His voice is just as good, if not better, than it was 30+years ago. All nuance and nectar, he's remarkable.
Seriously everytime I hear this song it remonids me of the Letter People. Who sings their theme song?
stormntwang
The name of the touring show Edwards appeared in was Pump Boys and Dinettes, not Pumping Boys... Please check your facts. Does anyone at Pandora read these comments?
Dano.If you have never heard jonathan live you are doing a disservice to your ears.His voice is like Angels tears dripping on naked womans nipple.That is the weirdest analogy that has ever come out of my brain.How about him singing with Jennifer Warnes,
hhrothman
Graet one hit wonder "Sunshine" pure pop 70's the best decade for music
I used to sing my baby, Bart to sleep at night to the song "sailboat".
allen.mcgrew
I was just searching for his recording of "This Island Earth", one of my favorites, but Pandora couldn't find it.
ackerbex3
I would love to hear Edwards recording of "Sailboat" - Steve Seskin performs it & always credits his friend Jonathan - I didn't realize it was THIS Jonathan!! It's a gorgeous song.
"Rockin'Chai r " and "Sailboat" are excelent albums. Makes me want to pull out my vinyl...
Love him, brings back good memories
rjnanney52
would like to hear songs from the sail album ! thanks
debutt
Very underated song writer and one of the greatest voices ever in my opinion. I've seen him live a number of times and he's great! Buy his albums!!
I think he is alsom, I love his voice.
great song!
kimicray
Best songs - Evangelina, Don't Cry Blue, Hearts Overflowing, White Line
A much under-rated artist....he can't even run his own life I'll be damned if he'll run mine.......
Such an awesome artist!!
aloptl
When our children were small, Little Hands was a family favorite. Why is it not included here, I wonder?
I am going to see him perform at the Jonathan Edwards Vineyard in July - no relation - just a really cool coincidence. Saw him perform that venue two years ago or more. Under a big tent in a vineyard in the Connecticut countryside. . . .
joannamittma n
love love love
htsynnott
ahhhhhh..... . . . . . . . . . . . . .
braithwaiteb e e t h o v e n
Wow. Pandora chose such a beautiful picture for him!
I go to Ohio U where he wrote the song Athens County.. Its f**kin awesome
trudigoodman
He is still about...perf o m r i n g and living in Western Massachusett s . A great and generous musician and soul.
t_heath
Saw him perform in Pumping Boys and Dinettes...h e was very good...great voice live.
I saw Jonathan Edwards when he was the lead act to the New Riders of the Purple Sage at what was then the Academy of Music on 14th Street in NYC. It was the best place to see music, before the concerts out priced. About an $8.00 admission, a bar across the street, and an orchestra level with two balconies, but most stayed downstairs and just boogied in the aisles and in the back. General admission meant "stand where you want."
I've seen Jonathan Edwards a number of times and he's still terrfific and tours pretty often. If he comes to your area defintely try to make the show. I promise you won't be sorry. Jonathan is a super talented guy.
Surprised there's no mention of Edwards' "Have a Good Time for Me" album in this bio
Great lyrics, great singer/songw r i t e r !
Sailboat was Edwards' most solid album creatively and musically.

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