Big Bill Broonzy

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Big Bill Broonzy (June 26, 1893 – August 14 or 15, 1958) was a prolific American blues singer, songwriter and guitarist. His career began in the 1920s when he played country blues to mostly African-American audiences. Through the 1930s and 1940s he successfully navigated a transition in style to a more urban blues sound popular with working class African-American audiences. In the 1950s a return to his traditional folk-blues roots made him one of the leading figures of the emerging American folk music revival and an international star. His long and varied career marks him as one of the key figures in the development of blues music in the 20th century.

Broonzy copyrighted more than 300 songs during his lifetime, including both adaptations of traditional folk songs and original blues songs. As a blues composer, he was unique in that his compositions reflected the many vantage points of his rural-to-urban experiences.

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Album

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1957 Big Bill Broonzy Sings Country Blues Big Bill Broonzy 1
1988 Big Bill's Blues Big Bill Broonzy 1
1991 Big Bill Broonzy and Washboard Sam Big Bill Broonzy & Washboard Sam 1
1991 Blues for Ever Big Bill Broonzy 1
1996 The Southern Blues Big Bill Broonzy 1
2011 Big Bill Broonzy Big Bill Broonzy 1
Big Bill Blues Big Bill Broonzy 1
House Rent Stomp Big Bill Broonzy 1
St. Louis Blues Big Bill Broonzy 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1990 Good Time Tonight Compilation Big Bill Broonzy 3
1991 1927-1935 Recordings in Chronological Order, Volume 1: November 1927 to February 1932 Compilation Big Bill Broonzy 1
1991 1927-1935 Recordings in Chronological Order, Volume 2: 9 February 1932 to 18 October 1934 Compilation Big Bill Broonzy 1
1991 Black, Brown and White Compilation Big Bill Broonzy 1
1992 Complete Recorded Works in Chronological Order, Volume 4: 3 July 1935 to 22 April 1936 Compilation Big Bill Broonzy 1
1992 Complete Recorded Works in Chronological Order, Volume 5: 1 May 1936 to 31 January 1937 Compilation Big Bill Broonzy 1
1994 I Feel So Good: The Essential Recordings of Big Bill Broonzy Compilation Big Bill Broonzy 1
1995 Complete Recorded Works in Chronological Order, Volume 12: 1945-1947 Compilation Big Bill Broonzy 1
1998 Warm, Witty & Wise Compilation Big Bill Broonzy 1
1998 Chicago Calling Compilation Big Bill Broonzy 1
2000 Trouble in Mind Compilation Big Bill Broonzy 1
2000 Volume 2 The Post War Years Compilation Big Bill Broonzy 1
2001 Midnite Jazz & Blues: The Southern Blues Compilation Big Bill Broonzy 1
2004 Kings of the Blues Compilation Big Bill Broonzy 1
2005 Good Boy Compilation Big Bill Broonzy 1
2007 Volume 1 The Pre-War Years Compilation Big Bill Broonzy 1
2007 Rocking in Chicago 1949-53 Compilation Big Bill Broonzy 1
2007 The Roots of the Blues Compilation Josh White & Big Bill Broonzy 1
2011 One Beer, One Blues Compilation Big Bill Broonzy 1
Absolutely the Best Compilation Big Bill Broonzy 1
All the Classic Sides 1928-1937 Compilation Big Bill Broonzy 1
Charly Blues Masterworks, Volume 49: The Southern Blues Compilation Big Bill Broonzy 1
Complete Recorded Works in Chronological Order, Volume 3: 18 October 1934 to 3 July 1935 Compilation Big Bill Broonzy 1
Complete Recorded Works in Chronological Order, Volume 6: 31 January to 13 October 1937 Compilation Big Bill Broonzy 1
Complete Recorded Works in Chronological Order, Volume 7: 13 October 1937 to 15 September 1938 Compilation Big Bill Broonzy 1
Complete Recorded Works in Chronological Order, Volume 8: 15 September 1938 to 10 February 1939 Compilation Big Bill Broonzy 1
Complete Recorded Works in Chronological Order, Volume 9: 11 May to 8 December 1939 Compilation Big Bill Broonzy 1
Complete Recorded Works in Chronological Order, Volume 10: 26 January to 17 December 1940 Compilation Big Bill Broonzy 1
Complete Recorded Works in Chronological Order, Volume 11: 17 December 1940 to 6 March 1942 Compilation Big Bill Broonzy 1
Nothing But the Blues: Mississippi River Blues Compilation Big Bill Broonzy 1
Nothing but the Blues: You Do Me Any Old Way Compilation Lead Belly & Big Bill Broonzy 1
Original Blues Sessions Compilation Big Bill Broonzy 1
The Bill Broonzy Story Compilation Big Bill Broonzy 1
The Complete Vogue Recordings Compilation Big Bill Broonzy 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1999 An Evening With Big Bill Broonzy, Volume 1 Live Big Bill Broonzy 1
1999 An Evening With Big Bill Broonzy, Volume 2 Live Big Bill Broonzy 1
2006 Amsterdam Live Concerts 1953 Live Big Bill Broonzy 1

Single

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1928 Starvation Blues / Down in the Basement Blues Big Bill & Thomps 1
1928 Big Bill Blues / House Rent Stomp Big Bill Broonzy 1
1930 I Can't Be Satisfied / Skoodle Do Do Big Bill Broonzy 1
1931 State Street Woman / Mr. Conductor Man Big Bill Broonzy 1

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