Personalities | Big Bill Broonzy | Roots of Rock

(Guitar, vocals, 1893–1958)

A powerful guitarist and prolific composer, Big Bill Broonzy linked the Mississippi delta blues of Robert Johnson with the electrified Chicago sound of Muddy Waters and others. Broonzy was recognized early on by the nascent folk music movement in the 1940s. Underappreciated in America, he gained a wide following in Europe through live performances and made lasting impressions on guitarists like George Harrison and Eric Clapton, who recorded Broonzy’s ‘Key To The Highway’.

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Rock, general editor Michael Heatley


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