Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Happy birthday, Big Bill Broonzy
It is the birthday of blues singer and guitarist Big Bill Broonzy (1893), who is remembered as one of the leading figures in 20th century blues music. He was a traditionalist whose roots in country blues in the 1930s and 1940s, gave him the foundation that made him one of the key developers of the Chicago blues style after World War II. He was equally at home on acoustic guitar and electric guitar. He influenced Muddy Waters, Memphis Slim, Ray Davies, Eric Clapton, and others.