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Big Bill Broonzy
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    (June 26, 1903-August 15, 1958)
    Born in Lake Dick, Arkansas
    Birth name was Lee Conley Bradley
    Blues singer, guitarist and songwriter
    Songs include 'Big Bill's Blues,' 'I Can't Be Satisfied,' 'C.C. Rider,' 'Midnight Special,' 'Matchbox Blues,' 'Rockin Chair Blues,' 'Key to the Highway,' 'Guitar Shuffle' and 'Black, Brown and White Blues'
    Member of the first class of inductees into the Blues Hall of Fame (1980)
    He kept changing the details when he talked about his past. (Or as one biographer put it, 'He treated his life story as a set of fluid possibilities as opposed to fixed events.')
    His last name was misspelled 'Broomsley' on several early records.
    He temporarily retired from music to become a janitor at Iowa State University (1949)
    While touring Europe in the 50s, he had a son out of wedlock with a Dutch woman.
    He appeared at the legendary 'From Spirituals to Swing' concerts at Carnegie Hall as a replacement for the late Robert Johnson (1938).
    He successfully made the transitions from country blues to urban blues to folk music.
    Ronnie Wood called Broonzy's 'Guitar Shuffle' his favorite guitar song, adding 'It was one of the first tracks I learned to play, but even to this day I can't play it exactly right.'
    The pallbearers at his funeral were chosen to be half black and half white, and included blues great Muddy Waters and historian Studs Terkel.
    His song about race relations, 'Black, Brown and White Blues,' was paraphrased by Rev. Joseph Lowery at the inauguration of Barack Obama.

Credit: C. Fishel

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