Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Remembering Big Bill Broonzy

On this day in 1893, blues guitar pioneer Big Bill Broonzy was born in Mississippi. He would become one of the most prolific blues singers of all time (having over 200 recorded) in his career spanning from 1927 till his death in 1958.

He was a fiddle player, but switched to the guitar when he moved to Chicago in the 20's. From there he blossomed into a seasoned musician, and influencing many others, including the likes of Muddy Waters, who recorded a cover album of Broonzy's songs as a tribute.

Many of his songs have become blues standards, such as Key to the Highway, Hey Hey, and others.

We salute Big Bill for his contribution to the blues and to music. Below is a rare performance of "It Was a Dream":

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