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Big Bill Broonzy

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WestquarterDave 08 Jul 02 - 05:14 PM
Wesley S 08 Jul 02 - 05:46 PM
dwditty 08 Jul 02 - 05:56 PM
Art Thieme 08 Jul 02 - 06:14 PM
GUEST 08 Jul 02 - 06:24 PM
Art Thieme 08 Jul 02 - 06:59 PM
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Peter K (Fionn) 08 Jul 02 - 07:49 PM
WestquarterDave 09 Jul 02 - 06:25 PM
Art Thieme 09 Jul 02 - 09:40 PM
masato sakurai 10 Jul 02 - 12:19 AM
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Thomas Stern 07 Jul 14 - 09:29 PM
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Subject: Big Bill Broonzy
From: WestquarterDave
Date: 08 Jul 02 - 05:14 PM

Are there any web sites dedicated to this wonderfull blues singer / guitar player ? can anyone help teach me his style of guitar playing ?


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Subject: RE: Big Bill Broonzy
From: Wesley S
Date: 08 Jul 02 - 05:46 PM

If I'm not mistaken there is a video out on his guitar style. Try looking at www.guitarvideos.com - Stefen Grossmans website. Good luck.


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Subject: RE: Big Bill Broonzy
From: dwditty
Date: 08 Jul 02 - 05:56 PM

ditto Wesley's remarks


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Subject: RE: Big Bill Broonzy
From: Art Thieme
Date: 08 Jul 02 - 06:14 PM

MARK DVORAK, a fine folksinger out of Chicago and one still proud to call himself a folksinger in this strange folkie newspeak era, does wonderful renditions of some of Bill's songs. Corner him at a festival between shows and he'll show you some pointers I'm pretty sure.

Art Thieme


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Subject: RE: Big Bill Broonzy
From: GUEST
Date: 08 Jul 02 - 06:24 PM

Art,

WestquarterDave might live in Australia...


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Subject: RE: Big Bill Broonzy
From: Art Thieme
Date: 08 Jul 02 - 06:59 PM

O.K., guest, who is he?

Art


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Subject: RE: Big Bill Broonzy
From: GUEST
Date: 08 Jul 02 - 07:09 PM

He's WestquarterDave. I know no more

I was simply pointing out that he might not be within easy reach of Chicago, and as such your post wasn't perhaps particularly useful


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Subject: RE: Big Bill Broonzy
From: Peter K (Fionn)
Date: 08 Jul 02 - 07:49 PM

But useful to someone else maybe?


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Subject: RE: Big Bill Broonzy
From: WestquarterDave
Date: 09 Jul 02 - 06:25 PM

Thanks to all, I'm from Scotland, I'm a traditional musician playing guitar and Bodhran and singing in a five piece band called Fridays Penny,


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Subject: RE: Big Bill Broonzy
From: Art Thieme
Date: 09 Jul 02 - 09:40 PM

Dave,

Big Bill Broonzy lived his last years in Chicago---where he was greatly admired in the 1950s emerging folk revival in that town. The writer/interviewer, Studs Terkel, was a great friend of his----as was my mentor Win Stracke. Win founded a fine institution called THE OLD TOWN SCHOOL OF FOLK MUSIC in that city --- where I was born on this very date -- July 9th, 1941---sixty-one years ago. I helped manage a fine small folk music store connected to the O. T. S. O. Folk Music in the years 1965-66 and '67. On the wall of the School was Bill Broonzy's death certificate framed with a fine photo of Bill playing his guitar. The guitar hung on the wall right next to that frame. Anyone who wished to could pick on it for a while. The better pickers at the OTSOFM taught Bill's amazing style --- many of his songs---and a real appreciation for his earlier work on 78 rpm records decades earlier (known as race records) back then. BR> Bill Broonzy was a giant to us who grew up loving the blues in Chicago. He made his living those years both as an underpaid bluesman AND as a custodian in the Chicago Public Schools. This meant he did all kinds of maintenance work including mopping too damn many floors. (Listen to his song from that era called "MOPPERS BLUES") for his musically documented feelings on the subject.

Mahalia Jackson, Studs Terkel, Bill Broonzy, Win Stracke, and a few others did folk programs around town titled COME FOR TO SING Many of these same people were early Chicago television personalities on a weekly TV/program/show at the start of the 1950s called STUDS' PLACE. sTand Bill sat down in the studios of the WFMT-FM radio station in Chicago and did beautiful long interviews WITH as many songs as Mr. Broonzy could think of. Several years later (around 1965 if my memory is correct) a SEVEN LP boxed-set album of thirty-three and a third r.p.m. records, in a nice package with great notes, was issued on Verve Records. I don't know if it has been transferred to CDs or not. But it sure ought to be.

Yes, there are many folks in the U.S. that try to do Bill Broonzy's style. Mark Dvorak does a real good job---still in Chicago and at the OLD TOWN SCHOOL on North Lincoln Avenue where part of the street has been renamed STEVE GOODMAN WAY--or something like that.

Lots of history---and the old ones are still venerated and their names are still invoked whenever real artistic brilliance is given it's proper place. Some of us always have tried hard to give the carriers of the traditions the credit they truly deserve. I do hope that all the Mudcatters out there will want to search out and listen to and marvel at the recordings of people like Big Bill Broonzy. You'll all be better for it.

Not sure if what's been said here warranted my saying all of that, but it's been said----and I'm about to click it off...

Thanks for listening!!

Art Thieme


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Subject: RE: Big Bill Broonzy
From: masato sakurai
Date: 10 Jul 02 - 12:19 AM

We'd like to hear a lot about Big Bill from GUEST Bob Baldwin (Click here).

~Masato


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Subject: RE: Big Bill Broonzy
From: masato sakurai
Date: 10 Jul 02 - 12:33 AM

The link again.


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Subject: RE: Big Bill Broonzy
From: GUEST,samson
Date: 07 Jul 14 - 07:32 PM

Dave and Phil Alvin of the Blasters have put aside their differences to make the excellent "Dave Alvin & Phil Alvin Play and Sing the Songs of Big Bill Broonzy." Read more here: http://sandiegotroubadour.com/2014/06/big-bill-broonzy-helps-dave-and-phil-alvin-find-common-ground/


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Subject: RE: Big Bill Broonzy
From: Thomas Stern
Date: 07 Jul 14 - 09:29 PM

The LAST SESSIONS recordings (5-LP's) with Studs Turkel interviewing &
Broonzy talking and singing was released as a 3-CD box (The Big Bill Broonzy Story) a while ago, and is available on the secondary market:
for example at Amazon:
http://www.amazon.com/Bill-Broonzy-Story-Big/dp/B00000JWNM
and others.

Broonzy info at these sites:
http://www.culturalequity.org/alanlomax/ce_alanlomax_profile_broonzy.php
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_Bill_Broonzy
http://www.broonzy.com/
http://www.keeponliving.at/artist/big_bill_broonzy.html

lots more - try google.

Best wishes, Thomas.


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Subject: RE: Big Bill Broonzy
From: GUEST,samson
Date: 09 Jul 14 - 09:58 PM

The Internet Archive has 75 Broonzy songs at https://archive.org/details/BillBroonzy-01-75 and 100 songs (most of which are also at the former link) at https://archive.org/details/BigBillBroonzy-01-100 for any Mudcatters who want to take the previous advice of Art Thieme on this thread (from 12 years ago!) and "search out and listen to and marvel at the recordings of people like Big Bill Broonzy."

Also, the Alvins (whom I mentioned a couple of posts previous) went to the Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago that Art mentioned and got to play Broonzy's guitar, which is kept there. You can see a video of it at http://youtu.be/aQDHdJVVvgw and hear Dave remark, "It's like holding Big Joe Turner's voice."


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