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Saturday, May 20, 2006

Nothing But The Blues IX

The next two discs are all about Big Bill Broonzy. As I already told you the headlines of his life, we have time (space) to get into some of the details. You must know by now that William Lee Conley originally was a fiddle player (see: William Lee Conley) But how could William's parents afford a fiddle? These people were extremely poor. You would be, if you had 17 children. His first fiddle was made out of a cigar box by an uncle, who also learned him how to play it.
He was already 27 (or 23) years old before he learned to play the guitar. And his first recordings were made in 1927 at the age of 34 (or 30). During this first recording he recorded a song called Big Bill Blues. As William Lee Conley was over 6 foot tall the secretary of the manager of the label (Paramount) gave William the nick name that would stick with him for the rest of his life.
During his musical career which lasted about 30 years William Lee recorded under several names. Even after his stage name Big Bill Broonzy was well established. Even on this disc. It's William Lee Conley Broonzy on all tracks, but......Tracks 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 10, 11, 12 and 13 are recorded as Big Bill, tracks 4, 6, 7, 14, 15, 17 and 18 are recorded as Big Bill Broonzy. Track 16 is recorded as Big Bill & the Memphis Five and tracks 9 is recorded as Sammy Sampson! The tracks on this discs cover aprox. 16 years of his career: 1930 (9), 1932 (2,3,8,10,13), 1934 (1,12), 1935 (4,6,7), 1937 (5,11,15,18), 1938 (16,17), 1946 (14). Track 4, Rising Sun Shine On, is the only songs not by Big Bill.

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