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Harry 'Sweets' Edison

Harry 'Sweets' Edison discusses his nickname

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Harry 'Sweets' Edison on playing music in church

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Harry 'Sweets' Edison discusses the meaning of music

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Q: “Did you start playing in the church?”

A: “Well, I didn't want to, but I was forced to. I had some parents to make me play it. Where there was no music, we just played it mostly by ear. When playing in the church, I was playing organ and I had an uncle, too. He loved music so much. He never had any formal training, but he gave me what he had, you know, what he knew about it, and I'm grateful to him because it has afforded me a wonderful living, trips all over and around the world, and I've been in places where I never thought I would go. In fact, if I wasn't in the music business, I would never have the funds to go into those places and just enjoy myself.”