Blues legend to get Chicago award

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By David Pierini

Staff Photographer

Oak Park resident Eddie C. Campbell, a seminal blues guitarist and singer who played with Howlin' Wolf, Willie Dixon and Muddy Waters, will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Chicago Music Awards during a ceremony Sunday at the Copernicus Center.

Campbell, 74, was born in Duncan, Miss., but moved to Chicago when he was 10. Two years later, he was learning from the great Chicago bluesmen and in the 1970s was a member of the Chicago Blues All-Stars.

He later lived in Europe but eventually returned to Chicago. 

He has lived in Oak Park since 2004. 

His ninth and most recent album, "Spider Eating Preacher," was nominated for a Blues Music Award last year.

Campbell is one of 10 musicians to be honored at the 33rd annual event Sunday.


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Byron Leonard from Oak Park, IL  

Posted: January 28th, 2015 10:27 PM

I admire Eddie C. Campbell's music a lot and have seen him perform several times. He certainly deserves this award, and he deserves to be better known.

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