20 March 1939, Boonton, New Jersey, USA. Although born in an unlikely state for cowboys, Edwards has become one of the leading exponents of cowboy and western music. He taught himself guitar at the age of 10 and grew up listening to his fathers 78s of such singers as Carl T. Sprague and Gene Autry, and avidly read any books on cowboy life that he could find. He was impressed by cowboys on the silver screen, especially Tom Mix and Ken Maynard, whom he described as sure nuff cowboys without the glitz and glitter. In 1958, he headed west to work on ranches and at rodeos in Texas and New Mexico.
Between 1961 and 1964, after painful rodeo experiences, Edwards turned to music and worked as a cowboy singer, actor, gunfighter and stuntman at the Fort Worth amusement park, Six Flags Over Texas - his desire to perform, no doubt, inherited from his father who had been a vaudeville magician. A visit to Nashville in 1965 quickly...
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