Obituary: Kenny Edwards

Kenny Edwards died Wednesday afternoon, August 18 at his California home.  He was 64 years old. According to his website, “Your words, thoughts, generosity, & kindness eased his transition.  He was grateful for the love he was shown.”

In 1965 Edwards teamed up with Linda Ronstadt to form one of folk-rock’s most legendary bands, Stone Poneys who set the bar for the Southern California music scene and spawning the Ronstadt classic “Different Drum.” Following that up a few years later in 1968, Kenny Edwards joined forces with Karla Bonoff; both accomplished singer/songwriters, and in the early 70s again found his way back to Ronstadt which ultimately saw her music transcend into full glory.  Handling bass on extensive world tours, working closely with her in the studio, collaborating on songs, and helping with vocals, Edwards truly showcased his golden musical touch.

A career that spanned nearly four decades saw Edwards’s collaborative hand in hugely successful musical endeavors including work with Bonnie Raitt, JD Souther, Rita Coolidge, Warren Zevon, Jennifer Warnes, Don Henley, Wynona Judd, Ringo Starr, Vince Gill, and more.

Continuously working both in the studio and on tours worldwide, Kenny Edwards put out what now proves to be his final solo album, “Resurrection Road,” in late 2009, and is remembered as one of the most influential musicians among fans and fellow musicians worldwide.

Services and Memorial information to follow shortly.

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