Friday, January 07, 2005

mp3s - Big Bill Broonzy

Big Bill Broonzy (1893-1958) was an acoustic bluesman from Chicago in the 1930's and 1940's. His material predates Muddy Waters, Willie Dixon, and Howlin' Wolf, but is no less important.


Bill became an accomplished performer in his own right, and, on 23 December, 1938, was one of the principal solo performers in the first "From Spirituals to Swing" concert held at the Carnegie Hall in New York City. In the programme for that performance, Broonzy was identified in the programme only as "Big Bill" (he did not become known as Big Bill Broonzy until much later in his career) and as Willie Broonzy. He was described as:

"the best-selling blues singer on Vocalion's 'race' records, which is the musical trade designation for American Negro music that is so good that only the Negro people can be expected to buy it."

I couldn't decide which of these infectious songs from Can't Be Satisfied to post: I Can't Be Satisfied or Long Tall Mama. So here are both.

Big Bill Broonzy - Long Tall Mama (mp3)
Big Bill Broonzy - I Can't Be Satisfied (mp3)

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