Chicago Blues
June 26, 1893 - August 15, 1958
Birthplace: Scott, Mississippi 


This is Neil Harpe's engraving of Broonzy at Neil Harpe.

Born in 1898, Broonzy played violin in the vicinity of Little Rock, Arkansas before moving to Chicago, where he took up guitar in the early 1920s. He first recorded in 1927 and became a hit-maker during the next decade, enjoying a continuous recording career up to the time of his death (1958). He was one of the few popular bluesmen associated with a sound rather than a signature song, and his facile touch combined with a strong dance beat gave him credentials as both a "city" and "country" bluesman.  In terms of his musical skill, the sheer size of his repertoire, the length and variety of his career and his influence on contemporaries and musicians who would follow, Big Bill Broonzy is among a select few of the most important figures in recorded blues history. Among his hundreds of titles are standards like "All by Myself" and "Key to the Highway." In this country he was instrumental in the growth of the Chicago Blues sound, and his travels abroad rank him as one of the leading blues ambassadors. 
Quote from All-Media Guide.
A biography at the Blue Flame Cafe. 

A Big Bill Broonzy webpage at All-Media Guide. 

the Songs: 
1. Mopper's Blues 
2. Police Station  the song


Chicago Blues