Big Bill Broonzy born William Lee Conley Broonzy (Bolivar CountyMississippiJune 26, 1898 – August 15, Chicago1958) was an African American bluessinger,songwriter and guitarist. His career began in the 1920s, when he played the country-blues for a predominantly black audience. By the 1930s and 1940s he successfully developed a transition in style to the more urban blues sound, also popular with the white audience.

In the 1950s he experienced a return to its traditional folk-blues roots and that made him one of the leading figures of the emerging American folk-revival-music and an international star. his long and varied career marks him as one of the key figures in the development of the blues in the 20th century.

Broonzy wrote more than 300 songs during his lifetime, including both adaptations of the traditional folk songs and original blues songs. As a bluescomposer he was unique in his compositions.

In 1958 Broonzy was suffering from the effects of throat cancer. He died on August 15, 1958, and is buried in Lincoln Cemetery, Blue Island, Illinois.


MENU   0: 00 Good Liquor Gonna Carry Me Down*"Big Bill's Blues" b/w "House Rent Stomp" (Paramount 12656) 1927

  • "Down in the Basement Blues" b/w "The Starvation Blues" (Paramount 12707) 1928
  • "Station Blues" b/w "How You Want It Done" (Paramount 13084) 1930
  • "Big Bill Blues" (Champion 16400) 1931
  • "Take Your Hands Off Her" b/w "The Sun's Gonna Shine In My Back Door Someday" (Bluebird 6188) 1935
  • "His Story" (Folkways Records) 1957[1]
  • "Blues with Big Bill Broonzy, Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee" (Folkways Records) 1959
  • "Big Bill Broonzy Sings Folk Songs" (Smithsonian Folkways) 1989
  • "Trouble In Mind" (Smithsonian Folkways) 2000

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