Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Big Bill Broonzy
The embers within me that carried the fire of the blues in my soul were fanned into flame primarily by Big Bill Broonzy and Bessie Smith. I am a musician at heart, yet have virtually no talent for making music.
This is some music!
The artist was born Lee Conley Bradley on June 26, 1893. Or maybe it was 1903. Or 1897. The exact year of his birth may never be established, but his musicianship is undisputed. Basically, the lad was self-taught, but was performing in public at an early age. Broonzy was a prolific song writer and a fantastic picker.
Broonzy served in the military two years in Europe during the War to End All Wars. Thereafter his life was devoted to making music, and making the world a better place because of his music.
Big Bill Broonzy 1893 - 1958 RIP