Big Bill Broonzy
Big Bill Broonzy was a renowned blues singer and guitarist, born in Scott County, Mississippi in either 1893 or 1903. He emerged as one of the prominent figures on the Chicago Blues scene during the 1930s, collaborating with esteemed artists such as Blind Boy Fuller, Son House, Brownie McGhee, Mance Lipscomb, Bukka White, Tampa Red, Lightnin' Hopkins, Big Joe Williams, Charley Patton, Memphis Minnie and many others.
In 1938, Broonzy made his debut performance in front of a white audience at John Hammond's iconic Spiritual and Swing concert held at Carnegie Hall in New York City. This marked a significant milestone in his career and led to him being affectionately referred to as "Big Bill" Broonzy by his admirers.
Over the course of five decades, Big Bill Broonzy recorded more than 260 blues songs that showcased his immense talent. Some notable tracks include "Feelin' Low Down," "Remember Big Bill," "Make Me Getaway," and "Big Bill Broonzy Sings Country Blues." His musical journey took him from Mississippi to Chicago and even Europe where he gained widespread recognition.
In recognition of his contributions to the blues genre, Big Bill Broonzy was posthumously honored with induction into the Blues Foundation's Hall of Fame in 1980. His legacy lives on through his timeless music that continues to