Big Bill Broonzy | Terry Coyer/Broonzy.com | tc141
Big Bill Broonzy was born on June 26, 1893 (it is thought) and died on August 15, 1958, of throat cancer. From the 1920s to 1950s he was a leading blues singer whose style graduated from the country blues to urban blues style. A prolific songwriter, he copyrighted more than three hundred songs. He made over two hundred recordings for a number of labels. Chess was not one of the major labels; he recorded at Chess through his association with Sonny Boy Williamson. For British audiences, his importance is that during the 1950s he toured Europe and the UK extensively, and helped to generate interest in blues music.