Big Bill Broonzy

William Lee Conley Broonzy

Also known as "Big Bill" Broonzy, "Big" Bill Broonzy, ビッグ・ビル・ブルーンジー, B. B. Broonzy, B. Booze, B. Broonzy, B.B. Bronzy, B.B. Broonzy, BBB, Big Bill, Big Bill (Big Bill Broonzy), Big Bill (Broonzy), Big Bill Bronzy, Big Bill Broonzey, Big Billy Broonzy, Bill Big Broonzy, Bill Bill Broonzy, Bill Broonzy, Boonzy, Bradley, Bronzy, Broomzy, Broonzy, D. Bradley, H.B. Broonzy, S. Broonzy, W. Broonzy, W. Brounzy, W. L. C. Broonzy, W. Lee Broonzy, W.L.C. Broonzy, William "Big Bill" Broonzy, William 'Big Bill' Broonzy, William Broonzy, William Lee Conley, William Lee Conley Broonzy, William Lee Conley [Big Bill] Broonzy, Willie Broomzy, Willie Broonzy

Discography of Big Bill Broonzy:

# Release title Total tracks Type of release is Imprint date Label
1 Mississippi River Blues 33 Audio History
2 Big Bill Broonzy 13 Audio Black And Blue
3 Sings Folk Songs 11 Audio 1962 Folkways Records
4 Studs Terkel's Weekly Almanac On Folk Music Blues On WFMT With Big Bill Broonzy And Pete Seeger 18 Audio Folkways Records
5 Hollerin' And Cryin' The Blues 15 Audio 1980 Vogue
6 Do That Guitar Rag: 1928 - 1935 14 Audio 1991-11-26 Yazoo
7 The Young Big Bill Broonzy 1928-1936 14 Audio 1968 Yazoo
8 The 1955 London Sessions 10 Audio 1990 Sequel Records
9 Big Bill Broonzy Sings The Blues 3 Audio 1956 Columbia
10 Big Bill Blues 23 Audio 2005 Weton-Wesgram
11 1930's Blues 14 Audio 1973 Biograph Records
12 An Evening With Big Bill Broonzy 13 Audio Storyville
13 Big Bill's Blues 16 Audio 1972 Epic
14 Chicago 1937 - 1945 36 Audio 1995 Frémeaux & Associés
15 Big Bill's Blues 16 Audio 1969
16 Mississippi Blues 4 Audio Metronome
17 Big Bill Broonzy 15 Audio 1979 AMIGA
18 Mississippi River Blues 16 Audio 2000 Past Perfect Silver Line
19 Feelin' Low Down 14 Audio 1973 GNP Crescendo
20 You Do Me Any Old Way 30 Audio History
21 House Rent Stomp 23 Audio 1990 Blues Encore
22 Whiskey And Good Time Blues 18 Audio 1995 DeAgostini
23 Blues / Folk Songs / Ballads 11 Audio 1974 Joker (2)
24 I Can't Be Satisfied 18 Audio 2001-03-30 TKO Collectors
25 Big Bill's Blues 16 Audio 1985 CBS
26 Do That Guitar Rag: 1928 - 1935 14 Audio 1973 Yazoo
27 Black, Brown And White / Midnight Special 2 Audio Storyville
28 The Blues 4 Audio 1958
29 Midnight Steppers 14 Audio 1986
30 Whiskey And Good Time Blues 18 Audio 1994 Orbis
31 Three Of A Kind (3 Top Stars Of Folk Singing) 10 Audio 1969 Design Records (2)
32 Big Bill's Blues 10 Audio Columbia
33 In Concert - Düsseldorf, Sept 15, 1951 21 Audio 1980 Raretone
34 Good Boy 18 Audio 2005 Fruit Tree
35 Big Bill Broonzy 15 Audio 1972 AMIGA
36 Blues Collection 13 12 Audio 1989 AMIGA
37 Lonesome Road Blues 14 Audio 1975 GNP Crescendo
38 Hey, Hey / Tomorrow 2 Audio 1958 Mercury
39 Big Bill Broonzy And Pete Seeger In Concert 14 Audio 1956 Verve Folkways
40 Black, Brown And White 13 Audio
41 An Evening With Big Bill Broonzy 13 Audio Storyville
42 The Blues 11 Audio 1958 EmArcy
43 Lonesome Road Blues 14 Audio 1974 Swing (3)
44 Folk Songs Vol. 2 11 Audio
45 Big Bill Broonzy 19 Audio 2004 Weton-Wesgram
46 Big Bill Broonzy And Washboard Sam 12 Audio 1986
47 Big Bill's Blues 10 Audio 1958 Adventures In Sound
48 Vol.2 (1935 - 1949) 20 Audio 1988 Document Records (2)
49 An Evening With Big Bill Broonzy 13 Audio
50 In Concert 12 Audio 1965 XTRA


Born on June 26, 1893 in Scott County, Mississippi.

Died on August 15, 1958, Chicago.

In the 1930’s Broonzy became known as one of the major artist on the Chicago Blues scene. During this time he performed with other top blues artists in Chicago such as l Memphis Minnie, Tampa Red, Jazz Gillum, Lonnie Johnson, and John Lee “Sonny Boy” Williamson.

In 1938, Broonzy performed at John Hammond’s famous Spiritual and Swing concert at Carnegie Hall in New York City. This was the first time that he had ever performed in front of a white audience. After the concert, people start calling him “Big Bill” Broonzy.

He was one of the best known blues players and recorded over 260 blues songs, including Feelin’ Low Down, Remember Big Bill, Make Me Getaway, and Big Bill Broonzy Sings Country Blues. His recording career spanned five long decades, as he traveled from Mississippi to Chicago and even to Europe, where he became well-known.

He died of throat cancer in 1958.

In 1980, he was inducted into the Blues Foundation's Hall of Fame.


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