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Big Bill Broonzy

Big Bill Broonzy was born William Lee Conley Broonzy in the tiny town of Scott, Mississippi, just across the river from Arkansas. During his childhood, Broonzy's family -- itinerant sharecroppers and the descendants of ex-slaves -- moved to Pine Bluff to work the fields there. Broonzy learned to play a cigar box fiddle from his uncle, and as a teenager, he played violin in local churches, at community dances, and in a country string band. During World War I, Broonzy enlisted in the U.S. Army, and in 1920 he moved to Chicago and worked in the factories for several years. In 1924 he met Papa Charlie Jackson, a New Orleans native and pioneer blues recording artist for Paramount. Jackson took Broonzy under his wing, taught him guitar, and used him as an accompanist. Broonzy's entire first session at Paramount in 1926 was rejected, but he returned in November 1927 and succeeded in getting his first record, House Rent Stomp, onto Paramount wax. As one of his early records came out with the garbled moniker of Big Bill Broomsley, he decided to shorten his recording name to Big Bill, and this served as his handle on records until after the second World War. Among aliases used for Big Bill on his early releases were Big Bill Johnson, Sammy Sampson, and Slim Hunter.

Broonzy's earliest records do not demonstrate real promise, but this would soon change. In 1930, the Hokum Boys broke up, and Georgia Tom Dorsey decided to keep the act going by bringing in Big Bill and guitarist Frank Brasswell to replace Tampa Red, billing themselves as "the Famous Hokum Boys." With Georgia Tom and Brasswell, Broonzy hit his stride and penned his first great blues original, "I Can't Be Satisfied." This was a hit and helped make his name with record companies. Although only half-a-dozen blues artists made any records during 1932, the worst year in the history of the record business, one of them was Big Bill, who made 20 issued sides that year.

Through Georgia Tom and Tampa Red, Big Bill met Memphis Minnie and toured as her second guitarist in the early '30s, but apparently did not record with her. When he did resume recording in March 1934 it was for Bluebird's newly established Chicago studio under the direction of Lester Melrose. Melrose liked Broonzy's style, and before long, Big Bill would begin working as Melrose's unofficial second-in-command, auditioning artists, matching numbers to performers, booking sessions, and providing backup support to other musicians. He played on literally hundreds of records for Bluebird in the late '30s and into the '40s, including those made by his half-brother, Washboard Sam, Peter Chatman (aka Memphis Slim), John Lee "Sonny Boy" Williamson, and others. With Melrose, Broonzy helped develop the "Bluebird beat," connoting a type of popular blues record that incorporated trap drums and upright string bass. This was the precursor of the "Maxwell Street sound" or "postwar Chicago blues," and helped to redefine the music in a format that would prove popular in the cities. Ironically, while Broonzy was doing all this work for Melrose at Bluebird, his own recordings as singer were primarily made for ARC, and later Columbia's subsidiary Okeh. This was his greatest period, and during this time Broonzy wrote and recorded such songs as "Key to the Highway," "W.P.A. Blues," "All by Myself," and "Unemployment Stomp." For other artists, Broonzy wrote songs such as "Diggin' My Potatoes." All told, Big Bill Broonzy had a hand in creating more than 100 original songs.

When promoter John Hammond sought a traditional blues singer to perform at one of his Spirituals to Swing concerts held at Carnegie Hall in New York City, he was looking for Robert Johnson to foot the bill. Hammond learned that Johnson had recently died, and as a result, Big Bill got the nod to appear at Carnegie Hall on February 5, 1939. This appearance was very well received, and earned Broonzy a role in George Seldes' 1939 film Swingin' the Dream alongside Louis Armstrong and Benny Goodman. In the early '40s, Big Bill appeared at the Café Society, the Village Vanguard, and the Apollo Theater, in addition to touring with Lil Greenwood, all of which kept Big Bill busy during the AFM recording ban. By the mid- to late '40s, the operation in Chicago with Melrose had finally begun to wind down, just as electric blues started to heat up. Big Bill continued to record for labels ranging from majors Columbia and Mercury to fly-by-nights such as Hub and RPM. In 1949, Broonzy decided to take some time off from music, and got a job working as a janitor at the Iowa State University of Science & Technology in Ames.

In 1951 Broonzy was sought out by DJ and writer Studs Terkel and appeared in the latter's concert series I Come for to Sing. Suddenly, Broonzy started to get a lot of press attention, and by September of that year, he was in Paris recording for French Vogue. On this occasion Broonzy was finally able to wax his tune "Black, Brown and White," a song about race relations that had been in his book for years, but every record company he had ever sung it for had turned it down. In Europe, Broonzy proved incredibly popular, more so than at any time in the United States. Two separate documentary films were made on his life, in France and Belgium, respectively, and from 1951 until ill health finally put him out of the running in the fall of 1957, Broonzy nearly doubled his own 1927-1949 output in terms of new recordings.

Broonzy updated his act by adding traditional folk songs to his set, along the lines of what Josh White and Leadbelly had done in then-recent times. He took a tremendous amount of flak for doing so, as blues purists condemned Broonzy for turning his back on traditional blues style in order to concoct shows that were appealing to white tastes. But this misses the point of his whole life's work: Broonzy was always about popularizing blues, and he was the main pioneer in the entrepreneurial spirit as it applies to the field. His songwriting, producing, and work as a go-between with Lester Melrose is exactly the sort of thing that Willie Dixon would do with Chess in the '50s. This was the part of his career that Broonzy himself valued most highly, and his latter-day fame and popularity were a just reward for a life spent working so hard on behalf of his given discipline and fellow musicians. It would be a short reward, though; just about the time the autobiography he had written with Yannick Bruynoghe, Big Bill Blues, appeared in 1955, he learned he had throat cancer. Big Bill Broonzy died at age 65 in August, 1958, and left a recorded legacy which, in sheer size and depth, well exceeds that of any blues artist born on his side of the year 1900. ~ Uncle Dave Lewis
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Track List: All That Jazz, Vol. 78: Big Bill Broonzy – The Essential Blues With A Soul (Remastered 2017)

1. Big Bill Blues

2. Crawdad

3. You Do Me Any Old Way

4. Make My Get Away

5. Trucking Little Woman

6. I Know She Will

7. Bull Cow Blues

8. Mindin' My Own Business

9. Southern Flood Blues

10. I Wonder

11. New Shake 'em On Down

12. Night Time Is The Right Time

14. Trouble And Lying Woman

15. Bessie Smith

16. Baby I Done Got Wise

17. Walking Down A Lonesome Road

18. Just A Dream

19. Oh Yes

20. I Love My Whiskey

21. Medicine Man Blues

22. Keep Your Hands Off Her

23. When I Been Drinking

24. Five Feet Seven

25. All By Myself

26. Night Watchman Blues

27. Hey, Hey

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Track List: Down in the Basement

1. House Rent Stomp

2. Big Bill Blues

3. Down in the Basement Blues

4. Saturday Night Rub

5. Police Station Blues

6. Mr. Conductor Man

7. Bull Cow Blues

8. Milk Cow Blues

9. Mississippi River Blues

10. C. C. Rider

11. Evil Woman Blues

12. Louise, Louise Blues

13. New Shake 'Em On

14. Wpa Rag

15. I Believe I'll Go Back Home

16. Just a Dream (On My Mind)

17. Plow Hand Blues

18. Looking for My Baby

19. Lone Wolf Blues

20. Lonesome Road Blues

21. Key to the Highway

22. Tell Me Baby

23. Hard Hearted Woman

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Track List: Big Bill Broonzy Vol. 13 (1949-1951)

1. Bull Cow Blues No. 3 (Alt. Take)

2. Married Life Is A Pain (Alt. Take)

3. Black Mare Blues (Alt. Take)

4. Wpa Blues (Alt. Take)

5. Oh Babe (Don't Do Me That Way) (Alt. Take)

6. Little Bug (Alt. Take)

12. Five Feet Seven

13. I Wonder

15. Mindin' My Own Business

23. When The Saints Go Marching In

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Track List: The Blues Collection Vol 2

1. Midnight Steppers

2. Mr Conductor Man

3. My Gal Is Gone

4. My Little Flower

5. Police Station Blues

6. Roll Them Bones

7. Serve It To Me Right

8. State St Woman

9. Sweet To Mama

10. Tadpole Blues

11. The Southern Blues

12. Too Many Drivers

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Track List: Big Bill Broonzy Sings (Digitally Remastered)

1. Hey Bud Blues

2. Baby Please Don't Go

3. Letter To My Baby

4. Do Right Blues

5. Make My Getaway

6. Backwater Blues

7. Lowland Blues

8. Hollerin' And Cryin' The Blues

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Track List: The Blues

1. Louise, Louise Blues

2. Letter To My Baby

3. Stand Your Test In Judgement

4. Do Right Blues

5. Low Down Blues

6. The Moppin' Blues

7. Coal Black Curly Hair

8. Hey! Bud Blues

9. Baby Please Don't Go

10. Down By The Riverside

11. Kind Hearted Blues

12. When Did You Leave Heaven

13. John Henry

14. Lonesome Road Blues

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Track List: Essential Blues Masters

1. When I Get To Thinkin'

2. Summer Time Blues

3. Trouble In Mind

4. Backwater Blues

5. Just Rocking

6. Five Feet Seven

7. Medicine Man Blues

8. Tomorrow

9. Hit The Right Lick

10. All By Myself

11. Why Did You Do That To Me

12. Merry Go Round Blues

13. Night Watchman Blues

14. Wee Wee Hours

15. You Changed

16. Call No.13 Blues

17. Blue Tail Fly

18. Roll Dem Bones

19. Oh Baby

20. Mopper's Blues

21. Lonesome Road Blues

22. Old Man Blues

23. What's Wrong With Me

24. Hard Hearted Woman

25. Bad Acting Woman

26. Bill Bailey

27. Keep Your Hands Off Her

28. What Can I Do

29. Mindin' My Own Business

30. You've Been Mistreating Me

31. Rockin' Chair Blues

32. Lone Wolf Blues

33. Why Should I Spend My Money

34. Willie Mae Blues

35. I Love My Whiskey

36. Green Grass Blues

37. You Better Cut That Out

38. I Feel Like Crying

39. Leavin' Day

40. Texas Tornado Blues

41. Shine On, Shine On

42. Hollerin' The Blues

43. Saturday Evening Blues

44. Walkin' The Lonesome Road

45. Midnight Steppers

46. Martha Blues

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Track List: Greatest Blues Licks

1. I Can't Be Satisfied

2. The Southern Blues

3. Bull Cow Blues

4. I Can't Make You Satisfied

5. You Know I Got A Reason

6. Come Up To My House

7. Papa's Getting Hot

8. My Texas Blues

9. Guitar Shuffle

10. Saturday Night Rub

11. Living On Easy Street

12. Jivin' Mr. Fuller Blues

13. Hell Ain't But A Mile And A Quarter

14. House Rent Stomp

15. Little Bug

16. Louise, Louise Blues

17. Black Widow Spider

18. Mississippi River Blues

19. Guitar Rag

20. That's All Right, Baby

21. Good Jelly

22. Back Water Blues

23. Long Tall Mama

24. Black Cat Rag

25. Six Shooter Blues

26. Good Liquor Gonna Carry Me Down

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Track List: The Very Best Of The Early Years

Disc 1

1. C.C. Rider (Original Version)

2. Married Life's Blues

3. Black Widow Spider

4. You Know I Got A Reason

5. Tell Me What You Been Doing (Original Version)

6. Keep Your Hands Of Her (Original Version)

7. Southern Flood Blues (Original Version)

8. My Big Money

9. Mistreatin' Mama Blues (Original Version)

10. Barrelhouse When It Rains

11. Grandma's Farm

12. M And O Blues

13. I Can't Make You Satisfied (Version 1)

14. Rising Sun Shine On

15. Bull Cow Blues (Original Version)

16. Mr. Conductor Man

17. Come Up To My House

18. Oh Babe (Don't Do Me That Way)

19. Dying Day Blues

20. Keep Your Mind On It

21. Rustlin' Man

22. Too Too Train Blues (Version 1)

23. Good Liquor Gonna Carry Me Down (Original Version)

24. The Southern Blues (Original Version)

25. House Rent Stomp (Original Version)

26. Too Too Train Blues (Version 2)

27. Something Good

Disc 2

1. Let's Reel And Rock

2. Mean Old World )

3. Skoodle Do Do (Original Version)

4. Evil Woman Blues (Original Version)

5. Mountain Blues

6. Worrying You Off My Mind Pt. 1

7. W.P.A. Blues

8. Mistreatin' Mamma

9. Brown Skin Shuffle (Original Version)

10. Black Cat Rag

11. Sweet To Mama

12. How You Want It Done (Original Version)

13. I'm A Southern Man (Original Version)

14. I'll Be Back Home Again (Original Version)

15. You May Need My Help Someday

16. Mississippi River Blues (Original Version)

17. I Can't Be Satisfied (Version 2)

18. I'm Just A Bum

19. Detroit Special

20. Hobo Blues

21. Long Tall Mama (Original Version)

22. Midnight Special

23. Stove Pipe Stomp (Original Version)

24. Serve It To Me Right

25. Good Jelly

26. Horny Frog

27. Saturday Night Rub (Original Version)

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Track List: An Introduction To Big Bill Broonzy

1. Baby Please Don't Go

2. Hey Hey

3. Backwater Blues

4. Mindin' My Own Business

5. See See Rider

6. All I Got Belongs To You

7. Ridin' On Down

8. Nobody Knows The Trouble I've Seen

9. I Got Up One Mornin' Blues

10. Treat Everybody Right

11. It Feels So Good

12. Black, Brown And White

13. Key To The Highway

14. Midnight Special

15. I Get The Blues When It Rains

16. In The Evening (When The Sun Goes Down)

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Track List: War & Postwar Years 3: 1940-1951

Disc 1

1. Medicine Man Blues

2. Looking Up At Down

3. Midnight Steppers

4. Lone Wolf Blues

5. Hit The Right Lick

6. You Better Cut That Out

7. I Wonder What's Wrong With Me

8. Bed Time Blues

9. Merry Go Round Blues

10. Serenade Blues

11. Lonesome Road Blues

12. Getting Older Every Day

13. Getting Older Every Day

14. That Number Of Mine

15. My Gal Is Gone

16. I'll Never Dream Again

17. Rockin' Chair Blues

18. Shine On, Shine On

19. Green Grass Blues

20. My Little Flower

21. Sweet Honey Bee

22. When I Been Drinking

23. Key To The Highway

24. Double Trouble

25. Going Back To My Plow

Disc 2

1. I'm Having So Much Trouble

2. Wee Wee Hours

3. Conversation With The Blues

4. All By Myself

5. Keep Your Hand On Your Heart

6. Why Should I Spend My Money

7. What's Wrong With Me

8. I Feel So Good

9. In The Army Now

10. Bad Acting Woman

11. Night Watchman Blues

12. She's Gone With The Wind

13. I'm Gonna Move To The Outskirts Of Town

14. Tell Me Baby

15. Hard Hearted Woman

16. I'm Woke Up Now

17. Please Believe Me

18. Why Did You Do That To Me

19. You Got To Play Your Hand

20. Just A Dream

21. Doing The Best I Can

22. Partnership Woman

23. Where The Blues Began

24. Humble Blues

25. Oh Baby

Disc 3

1. Cell No.13 Blues

2. When I Get To Thinkin'

3. Roll Dem Bones

4. You Got The Best Go

5. I Can Fix It

6. Old Man Blues

7. I Can't Write

8. What Can I Do

9. San Antonio Blues

10. Saturday Evening Blues

11. Martha Blues

12. Texas Tornado Blues

13. Big Bill's Boogie

14. Just Rocking

15. Shoo Blues

16. I Feel Like Crying

17. Stop Lying Woman

18. Rambling Bill

19. Summer Time Blues

20. Bad Luck Man

21. (I'm A) Wonderin' Man

22. I Love My Whiskey

23. You've Been Mistreating Me

24. I Stay Blue All The Time

25. Water Coast Blues

Disc 4

1. Five Feet Seven

2. I Wonder

3. Keep Your Hands Off Her

4. Mindin' My Own Business

5. Hey Hey

6. Stump Blues

7. Get Back

8. Willie Mae Blues

9. Walkin' The Lonesome Road

10. Mopper's Blues

11. I Know She Will

12. Hollerin' The Blues

13. Leavin' Day

14. South Bound Train

15. Tomorrow

16. You Changed

17. John Henry

18. Crawdad

19. Bill Bailey

20. Make My Get Away

21. Blue Tail Fly

22. Backwater Blues

23. In The Evenin'

24. Trouble In Mind

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Track List: Absolutely The Best: Big Bill Broonzy

3. St. Louis Blues

5. See See Rider

7. Ridin' On Down

8. Sixteen Tons

9. Treat Everybody Right

10. I Got Up One Mornin' Blues

11. Down By The Riverside

12. Black, Brown, And White

13. This Train

14. Midnight Special

15. I Gets The Blues When It Rains

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Track List: Blues Is My Business

1. Baby Please Don't Go

2. In The Evening When The Sun Goes Down

3. St. Louis Blues

4. Feelin' Lowdown

5. See See Rider

6. All I Got Belongs To You

7. Ridin' On Down

8. Nobody Knows The Trouble I've Seen

9. I Got Up One Mornin' Blues

10. Treat Everybody

11. Down By The Riverside

12. Black, Brown, And White

13. This Train (Bound For Glory)

14. Midnight Special

15. I Get The Blues When It Rains

16. House Rent Stomp

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Track List: The Chronological Big Bill Broonzy: 1951

1. Blues In 1890

2. Big Bill Blues

3. Lonesome Road Blues

4. When Did You Leave Heaven

5. John Henry

7. Stump Blues

8. Five Foot Seven

9. Plough Hand Blues

10. Hey, Hey

12. Get Back

13. Willie Mae

14. Walkin' The Lonesome Road

15. Mopper's Blues

16. I Know She Will

17. Hollerin' The Blues

18. Leavin' Day

19. Southbound Train

20. Tomorrow

21. You Changed

22. John Henry

23. Crawdad

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Track List: The Chronological 1949-1951

1. I Love My Whiskey

2. You've Been Mistreating Me

3. I Stay Blue All The Time

4. Water Coast Blues

5. Five Feet Seven

6. I Wonder

7. Keep Your Hands Off Her

9. House Rent Stomp

11. The Moppin' Blues

12. Hey Hey Baby

13. Willie Mae Blues

14. Black, Brown And White

17. Feelin' Lowdown

18. What I Used To Do

19. Make My Getaway

20. Hollerin' And Cryin' The Blues

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Track List: Big Bill Broonzy Vol. 11 1940-1942

1. Rockin' Chair Blues

2. Shine On, Shine On

3. Green Grass Blues

4. My Little Flower

5. Sweet Honey Bee

6. When I Been Drinking

7. Key To The Highway

8. Double Trouble

9. Going Back To My Plow

10. I'm Having So Much Trouble

11. Wee Wee Blues

12. Conversation With The Blues

13. All By Myself

14. Keep Your Hand On Your Heart

15. Why Should I Spend My Money

16. What's Wrong With Me

17. I Feel So Good

18. In The Army Now

19. Bad Acting Woman

20. Night Watchman Blues

21. She's Gone With The Wind

22. I'm Gonna Move To The Outskirts Of Town

23. Tell Me Baby

24. Hard Hearted Woman

25. I'm Woke Up Now

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Track List: Trouble In Mind

1. Hey, Hey Baby

2. Frankie And Johnny

3. Trouble In Mind

4. Joe Turner, No. 2 (Blues Of 1890)

5. Mule-Ridin' Blues

6. When Will I Get To Be Called A Man?

7. Poor Bill Blues

8. Key To The Highway

9. Plough-Hand Blues

10. Digging My Potatoes (1956)

11. When Things Go Wrong (It Hurts Me Too)

12. C.C. Rider

13. Saturday Evening Blues

14. Shuffle Rag

15. Southbound Train

16. Hush, Somebody's Calling Me

17. Louise

18. Black, Brown And White (Intro)

19. Black, Brown And White

20. Willie Mae Blues

21. This Train (Intro)

22. This Train (Bound For Glory)

23. In The Evening When The Sun Goes Down (Intro)

24. In The Evening When The Sun Goes Down

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Track List: Warm, Witty, & Wise (Mojo Workin': Blues For The Next Generation)

1. I Can't Be Satisfied

2. Long Tall Mama

3. Worrying You Off My Mind

4. Too Too Train Blues

5. How You Want It Done?

6. C & A Blues

7. Southern Flood Blues

8. It's A Low Down Dirty Shame

9. Trucking Little Woman

10. Night Time Is The Right Time

11. New Shake 'Em On Down

12. Baby I Done Got Wise

13. Just A Dream

14. Whiskey & Good Time Blues

15. Too Many Drivers

16. When I Been Drinking

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Track List: St. Louis Blues

1. Glory Of Love (2007)

2. I Don't Want No Woman

3. All I Got Belongs To You

4. Bill Bailey (2007)

5. Riding On Down

6. Tell Me Who (2007)

7. C.C. Rider (2007)

8. Feelin' Low

9. Alberta (2007)

10. Going Down This Road (2007)

11. In The Evening (2007)

12. Martha (2007)

13. St. Louis Blues

14. Sixteen Tons

15. This Train (2007)

16. Tell Me What Kind Of Man Jesus Is (2007)

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Track List: Big Bill's Blues

1. I Stay Blue All The Time

3. Unemployment Stomp

5. Too Many Drivers

6. Crawdad

7. Careless Love

8. All By Myself

9. Mopper's Blues

10. Rider Rider Blues

11. Night Time Is The Right Time

12. Just A Dream No 2

13. Goodbye Baby Blues

14. Conversation With The Blues

15. Big Bill's Guitar Blues

16. Good Boy

17. Ash Hauler

18. I Feel So Good

19. My Last Goodbye To You

20. Knockin' Myself Out

21. Don't You Be No Fool

22. Leavin' Day

24. I'm A Prowlin' Ground Hog

26. Whisky & Good Time Blues

27. Whiskey And Good Time Blues

28. I Can't Be Satisfied

29. Willie Mae

30. Looking For My Baby

31. Tomorrow

32. Somebody's Got To Go

33. IC Blues

35. Bossie Woman

36. Rock Me Baby

38. Key To The Highway

39. Stuff They Call Money

40. Water Coast

41. I Wonder

42. The Dozen

43. Hey, Hey

44. You've Changed

45. Five Feet Seven

46. Saturday Night Rub

47. Down In The Alley

48. Big Bill Blues

49. Diggin' My Potatoes

50. Wee Wee Blues

51. You've Been Mistreating Me

52. Southbound Train

53. John Henry

54. Out With The Wrong Women

55. In The Evening

56. Walkin' The Lonesome Road

57. Jivin' Mr Fuller Blues

58. I Love My Whiskey

59. Blue Tail Fly

60. See See Rider

61. Hollerin' The Blues

62. Don't Tear My Clothes

63. Looking Up At Down

64. Come Home Early

65. She Caught The Train

66. When I've Been Drinkin

67. My Mellow Man

68. That's All Right Baby

69. Stump Blues

70. Sweet Honey Bee

72. Get Back

73. Take This Ole' Hammer

74. Right From Wrong

75. Mindin' My Own Business

76. I Know She Will

77. Getting Older Every Day

79. Bill Bailey

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Track List: Topaz Blues

1. Too Too Train Blues

2. Mistreatin' Mama Blues

3. Bull Cow Blues

4. Long Tall Mama

5. I'll Be Back Home Again

6. Keep Your Hands Off Her

8. I'm A Southern Man

9. Southern Flood Blues

10. You Do Me Any Old Way

11. New Shake 'Em On Down

12. Let Me Dig It

13. Baby I Done Got Wise

14. Just A Dream

15. Just Got To Hold You Tight

16. Oh Yes

17. Looking Up At Down

18. You Better Cut That Out

19. Lonesome Road Blues

20. When I Had Been Drinking

21. All By Myself

22. Night Watchman Blues

23. Tell Me Baby

24. I'm Gonna Move To The Outskirts Of The Town

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Track List: Recorded In Club Montmartre 1956 Vol. 2 (Live)

1. I'm Going Down The Road (Live)

2. This Train (Live)

3. Bill Bailey Won't You Please Come Home

4. A Shanty In Old Shanty Town

5. Hey, Bub Blues (Live)

6. Glory Of Love (Live)

7. Careless Love

8. I Gets The Blues When It Rains

9. My Name Is William Lee Conley Broonzy

10. Take This Hammer (Live)

11. See See Rider (Live)

12. Diggin' My Potatoes

13. Midnight Special

14. Keep Your Hands Off Her (Live)

15. I Got A Girl

16. You Better Mind

17. I Love You So Much

18. Sixteen Tons

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Track List: Recorded In Club Montmartre 1956 Vol. 1

1. When Things Go Wrong (Live)

2. Barrelhouse Shuffle (Live)

3. Down By The Riverside (Live)

4. Swanee River (Live)

5. Swing Low, Sweet Chariot (Live)

6. In The Evening When The Sun Goes Down (Live)

7. Big Bill Talks (Live)

8. John Henry (Live)

9. Just A Dream (Live)

10. Ananais (Live)

11. Louisiana Blues (Live)

12. Somebody Loves ME (Live)

13. Willie Mae Blues (Live)

14. The Crawdad Song (Live)

15. The Blue Tail Fly (Live)

16. Black, Brown And White (Live)

17. Guitar Blues (Live)

18. Goodnight Irene (Live)

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Track List: Big Bill Broonzy Vol. 6 1937

1. Horny Frog (Tk. 2)

2. Mean Old World (Tk. 1)

3. Mean Old World (Tk. 2)

4. Barrel House When It Rains

5. You Do Me Any Old Way (Tk. 1)

6. You Do Me Any Old Way (Tk. 2)

7. Down In The Alley (Tk. 1) (Midnight Ramblers)

8. Down In The Alley (Tk. 2) (Midnight Ramblers)

9. Stuff They Call Money (Midnight Ramblers)

10. Louise Louise Blues (Tk. 1)

11. Louise Louise Blues (Tk. 2)

12. Let Me Be Your Winder

13. Hattie Blues (Tk. 1)

14. Hattie Blues (Tk. 2)

15. My Old Lizzie (Tk. 2)

16. Come Home Early (Tk. 1)

17. Come Home Early (Tk. 2)

18. Come Home Early (Tk. 3)

19. Come Home Early (Tk. 4)

20. My Gal Is Gone

21. Evil Hearted Me

22. I Want My Hands On It (Tk. 1)

23. I Want My Hands On It (Tk. 2)

24. It's Too Late Now (Tk. 1)

25. It's Too Late Now (Tk. 2)

26. Made A Date With An Angel (Tk. 1)

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Track List: Big Bill Broonzy Vol. 8 1938 - 1939

1. Going Back To Arkansas

2. Rider Rider Blues

3. Living On Easy Street

4. Good Time Tonight

5. Trouble And Lying Woman

6. I Believe I'll Go Back Home

7. Flat Foot Susie With Your Flat Yas Yas

8. Trucking Little Woman No. 2

9. Hell Ain't But A Mile And A Quarter

10. Don't You Lay It On Me

11. Baby I Done Got Wise (Tk. 1)

12. Louise

13. Spreadin' Snake Blues

14. Baby Don't You Remember

15. Whiskey And Good Time Blues

16. Baby I Done Got Wise (Tk. 2)

17. Preachin' The Blues

18. Just A Dream

19. Fightin' Little Rooster

20. Mary Blues

21. You Can't Sell 'Em In Here

22. Just Got To Hold You Tight (Tk. 1)

23. Just Got To Hold You Tight (Tk. 2)

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Track List: Big Bill Broonzy Vol. 4 1935 - 1936

1. Tell Me What Kind Of Man Jesus Is (Chicago Sanctified Singers)

2. I Ain't No Stranger Now (Chicago Sanctified Singers)

3. Mountain Blues

4. Bad Luck Blues

5. I Can't Make You Satisfied

6. I'm Just A Bum

7. Keep Your Hands Off Her

8. The Sun Gonna Shine In My Door Someday

9. Good Liquor Gonna Carry Me Down

10. Down The Line Blues

11. Bricks In My Pillow

12. Tell Me What You Been Doing

13. Ash Hauler

14. Evil Women Blues (Original)

15. These Ants Keep Biting Me

16. Big Bill Blues

17. You Know I Need Lovin'

18. Match Box Blues

19. Low Down Woman Blues

20. Keep Your Mind On It (Hokum Boys)

21. Bull Cow Blues No. 3

22. Married Life's A Pain

23. Black Mare Blues

24. Pneumonia Blues (I Keep On Aching)

x

Track List: Big Bill Broonzy Vol. 7 1937 - 1938

1. Made A Date With An Angel

2. You Got To Play Your Hand

3. Hattie Blues (Tk. 3)

4. Somebody's Got To Go (Tk. 1)

5. Good Boy

6. I Want You By My Side

7. Border Blues

8. Sweetheart Land

9. It's A Low Down Dirty Shame

10. Got To Get Ready Tonight

11. Trucking Little Woman

12. Unemployment Stomp

13. Why Do You Do That To Me

14. It's Your Time Now

15. I'll Start Cutting On You

16. Sad Letter Blues

17. The Mill Man Blues

18. I'll Do Anything For You

19. Sad Pencil Blues

20. New Shake-Em On Down (Tk. 2)

21. Night Time Is The Right Time No. 2

22. Let Me Dig It

23. W.P.A. Rag

x

Track List: Big Bill Broonzy Vol. 9 1939

1. Just Wondering

2. Keep On A-Smilin'

3. She Never

4. Woodie Woodie

5. Too Many Drivers

6. You Can't Win

7. Ride, Alberta, Ride

8. That's All Right Baby

9. Please Be My So And So

10. I. C. Blues

11. Cotton Choppin' Blues

12. Hot Dog Mama

13. Dreamy Eyed Baby

14. My Last Goodbye To You

15. Don't You Want To Ride

16. Don't You Be No Fool

17. Just A Dream No. 2

18. Tell Me What I Done

19. Oh Yes

20. I'm Still Your Sweetheart, Baby

21. Down And Lost In Mind

22. Let's Have A Little Fun

23. Messed Up In Love

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Track List: Big Bill Broonzy Vol. 5 1935-1936

1. Big Bill's Milk Cow No. 2

2. W.P.A. Blues

3. I'm A Southern Man

4. Nancy Jane (Hokum Boys)

5. Lowland Blues

6. Seven-Eleven

7. You Know I Got A Reason

8. Oh, Babe

9. Detroit Special

10. Falling Rain

11. Black Widow Spider

12. Cherry Hill

13. Out With The Wrong Woman (Midnight Ramblers)

14. Don't Tear My Clothes No. 2 (Chicago Black Swans)

15. You Drink Too Much (Chicago Black Swans)

16. Southern Flood Blues

17. My Big Money

18. My Woman Mistreats Me

19. Let's Reel And Rock

20. Come Up To My House

21. Get Away

22. Terrible Flood Blues

23. Little Bug

24. Horny Frog (Take 1)

x

Track List: Complete Recorded Works In Chronological Order, Vol. 10 (26 January To 17 December 1940)

1. Plow Hand Blues

2. Jivin' Mr. Fuller Blues

3. Make My Get Away

4. Looking For My Baby

5. I'Ve Got To Dig You

6. Leap Year Blues

7. When I Have Money

8. You Got To Hit The Right Lick

9. What Is That She Got?

10. Merry Go Round Blues (3039)

11. Medicine Man Blues

12. Looking Up At Down

13. Midnight Steppers

14. Lone Wolf Blues

15. Hit The Right Lick

16. You Better Cut That Out

17. I Wonder What's Wrong With Me

18. Bed Time Blues

19. Merry-Go-Round Blues (3309)

20. Serenade Blues

21. Lonesome Road Blues

22. Getting Older Every Day (Tk. 1)

23. Getting Older Every Day (Tk. 2)

24. That Number Of Mine

25. My Gal Is Gone

26. I'll Never Dream Again

x

Track List: The Young Big Bill Broonzy

1. Long Tall Mama

2. Mississippi River Blues

3. Saturday Night Rub

4. How You Want It Done?

5. Stove Pipe Stomp

6. Hokum Stomp

7. I Can't Be Satisfied

8. Brownskin Shuffle

9. Eagle Ridin' Papa

10. Starvation Blues

11. Hip Shakin' Strut

12. Good Liquor Gonna Carry Me Down

13. Skoodle Do Do

14. Banker's Blues

x

Track List: Do That Guitar Rag

1. Pig Meat Strut

2. Down In The Basement

3. Terrible Operation Blues

4. Big Bill Blues

5. Leave My Man Alone

6. Bull Cow Blues

7. Grandma's Farm

8. Guitar Rag

9. P**sy Cat Blues

10. Mr. Conductor Man

11. Worrying You Off My Mind Part 1

12. Double Trouble Blues

13. Skoodle Do Do

14. C & A Blues

x

Track List: Big Bill Broonzy Vol. 2 1932 -1934

1. You Do It

2. Mr. Conductor Man

3. Too-Too Train Blues

4. Worrying You Off My Mind (Part 1)

5. Worrying You Off My Mind (Part 2)

6. Shelby County Blues

7. Mistreatin' Mamma Blues

8. Bull Cow Blues

9. How You Want It Done?

10. Long Tall Mama

11. M And O Blues

12. Rukus Juice Blues

13. Friendless Blues

14. Milk Cow Blues

15. Hungry Man Blues

16. I'll Be Back Home Again

17. Bull Cow Blues (Part 2)

18. Serve It To Me Right

19. Starvation Blues

20. Mississippi River Blues

21. At The Break Of Day

22. I Want To Go Home

23. Hard Headed Woman

24. Dying Day Blues

x

Track List: Good Time Tonight

1. I Can't Be Satisfied

2. Long Tall Mama

3. Worrying You Off My Mind, Part 1

4. Too Too Train Blues

5. Come Home Early

6. Hattie Blues

7. I Want My Hand On It

8. Made A Date With An Angel (Got No Walking Shoes)

9. Horny Frog

10. I Believe I'll Go Back Home

11. Good Time Tonight

12. Flat Foot Susie With Her Flat Yes Yes

13. W.P.A. Rag

14. Going Back To Arkansas

15. It's A Low Down Dirty Shame

16. Too Many Drivers

17. Woodie Woodie

18. Whiskey & Good Time Blues

19. Merry Go Round Blues

20. You've Got To Hit The Right Lick

x

Track List: The Bill Broonzy Story

Disc 1

1. Key To The Highway (1957)

2. Dialogue

3. Mindin' My Own Business (1957)

4. Dialogue

5. Saturday Evening Blues

6. Dialogue

7. Southbound Train (1957)

8. Dialogue

9. Tell Me What Kind Of Man Jesus Was (Ananias)

10. Dialogue

11. Swing Low, Sweet Chariot

12. Dialogue

13. Joe Turner Blues (Vocal)

14. Dialogue

15. Joe Turner Blues (Instrumental)

16. Dialogue

17. Plow Hand Blues

18. Dialogue

19. Goin' Down The Road Feelin' Bad

20. Dialogue

21. Makin' My Getaway

Disc 3

1. Dialogue

2. Worried Life Blues

3. Dialogue

4. Trouble In Mind

5. Dialogue

6. Take This Hammer

7. Dialogue

8. The Glory Of Love

9. Dialogue

10. Louise Blues

11. Dialogue

12. Willie Mae Blues

13. Dialogue

14. Alberta

15. Old Folks Home (Swanee River)

16. Dialogue

17. Crawdad Song

18. Dialogue

19. John Henry

20. Dialogue

21. Just A Dream (On My Mind)

22. Dialogue

23. Frankie And Johnny

24. Dialogue

25. Bill Bailey, Won't You Please Come Home

26. Dialogue

27. Hollerin' The Blues

x

Track List: Big Bill Broonzy Sings Folk Songs

1. Backwater Blues

2. This Train

3. I Don't Want No Woman (To Try To Be My Boss)

4. Martha

5. Tell Me Who

6. Bill Bailey

7. Alberta

8. Goin' Down This Road

9. Tell Me What Kind Of Man Jesus Is

10. John Henry (Smithsonian Release)

11. Glory Of Love

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Does it really get any better than Big Bill? A humble soul. RIP.
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This guy is amazing, hey hey is my favorite song.
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I always wondered where Clutch got this song from...now I know
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yes JJ
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why are all of the interesting profiles private
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rules yeah pain
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mooyoo.77
BIG BILL, STILL THE BEST!!!!
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I just found this genre because of a four string homemade guitar on YouTube, what a good productive YouTube video string, I am gonna go learn to play this on my bass
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wilbudge
Yes, thank you sir.
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Big Bill got some mighty big blues shoes to fill. Seminal artist and composer.
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if it weren't for this music...you wouldn't have music
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mooyoo.77
greatest self-taught BLUESMAN ever, love that self-taught guitar
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sdimauro28
guess i'm just a white boy lost in the blues. thank you
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This is one of the many Blues Artist music I was exposed to as a child in the late 1960's, and the tunes are still fresh in my memory today, and thank you Pandora I believed I would never hear Big Bill again, timeless classic.
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csprecher2
Plenty of folks have covered this song but lord have mercy, Bill's is mighty sweet. Big Bill, one of my heroes.
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Incredible.
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Big Bill was a HUGE influence on Ray Davies. Thank you, Bill.
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stanmans
never heard a blue's song I didn't like.
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Mmmmmhmmmm.. . . E x c e l l e n t , as usual.
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Amazing,all there is to say..

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