The remarkable story of Edwards, from his days growing up in Dudley through to his unforgettable moments on the pitch with Manchester United and England, have been captured in the song 21 Candles.
Wolverhampton-based singer/songwriter Ryan Evans is behind the song, which was available to pre-order on the city’s Strawberry Moon Records label on August 23 and is officially released on October 4 – what was Duncan’s birthday.
Co-written with Ian Dowdeswell, Evans’ open and honest lyrics champion the life of the footballing hero who died at the age of 21.
Duncan made 177 appearances for Manchester United, scoring goals, as well as winning 18 caps for England. He was tipped for greatness before his life was cruelly cut short following the Munich air disaster on February 6, 1958 – which claimed a total of 23 lives including Edwards’ 15 days later in hospital.
The footballer is fondly remembered for his tireless work ethic and never giving less than 100 per cent on the football pitch.
“I was really inspired by his story and I wanted to write a song about it,” Evans originally said about his new release.
“I’ve been writing songs for 10 years and I think this is the best song I’ve ever written. It sends tingles down the spine. I can’t wait to get it out there,” says the 25-year-old musician, who earlier this year released his Punk Poet EP and picked up the Best Singer/Songwriter award at the first ever Black Country Music Awards in June.
The project has been a collaboration between Evans, Dowdeswell, husband and wife team James Morris and Jade Lockley Morris, who run Strawberry Moon Records, and Jim Cadman, chairman of the Duncan Edwards Tribute group.
They came together following the Duncan Edwards Tribute dinner held to commemorate the 60th anniversary of his death last year.
The song 21 Candles is available to pre-order by following the links to iTunes, Google Play Music and Amazon Music UK on his Facebook page @RyanEvansOfficial