Edward Riley Boyd known as Eddie Boyd (November 25, 1914 – July 13, 1994) was an American blues piano player, born on Stovall's
near . Clarksdale, Mississippi
Boyd moved to the
district of Memphis, Tennessee in
1936 where he played piano and guitar with his group, the Dixie Rhythm Boys.
Boyd followed the great migration northward to the factories of in 1941. Chicago,
Five Long Years is a song written and recorded by blues vocalist/pianist Eddie Boyd in 1952. It reached number one on the Billboard R&B chart.
Five Long Years tells of "the history of the metal worker who, for five years, worked hard in a factory and who gave his check every Friday night to his girlfriend, who nevertheless dumped him."
Eddie Boyd v, p / Ernest Cotton ts / L. C. McKinley g / Alfred Elkins b / Percy Walker d.