Duke Edwards and The Young Ones – Is It Too Late?

• “Is It Too Late?” set to a picture of the housing album cover. Thanks to P MD.

9.4 “Classic Soul Ballad from the USA”

The title-track from his sole LP released in 1968.

Eddie “Poppa Duke” Edwards was a renowned recording artist who performed in prestigious venues such as Carnegie Hall, and Madison Square Garden. Born February 24, 1936, into a Creole family filled with generations of jazz musicians, he began his personal musical career in the US Coast Guard’s Drum and Bugle Corps. Following his tenor at Berklee College of Music, Boston, MA, he traveled to Montreal, Canada, where joined jazz musician Sun Ra and his orchestra, studying composition and harmony. He released one LP as a solo artist, “Is It Too Late”, recorded in Montreal in the springtime of 1968, with his specially formed band “The Young Ones”, consisting of Clayton Johnston (drums), Bernard Moore (flute, saxophone), Wayne Prue (guitar), Julian Brown (organ), Doug Richardson (tenor saxophone) and Richard Woodson (trombone). He was introduced to booking agent, Rob Scribner and together, they formed Music Canada, where he created, produced wrote music, groomed, managed and worked with some of the finest musical talent in Toronto, Canada. In 1972, Eddie retired from the music industry and created a traveling communal group called the “Mud People”, which was made up of university professors, an attorney, and a doctor. They travelled to the banks of the Mississippi River in the parish of St. John in the town of Wallace, LA, to work in the community with the objective to create better race relations between people of all races while teaching universal brotherhood and New Orleans Jazz. Aged 80, he died on Sunday, March 20, 2016 at his home in New Orleans, LA.

You’d be doing well to find a copy of the original LP (out-of-print), but a 10 minute version of the title track can be sourced on Soul of a Nation: Afro-Centric Visions in the Age of Black Power – Underground Jazz, Street Funk & the Roots of Rap 1968-79 (Soul Jazz Records).