Big Bill BroonzyBig Bill Broonzy
) was a prolific recorder of blues
songs. Born in Mississippi
, he arrived in Chicago
in 1920, played South Side clubs, and toured with Memphis Minnie during the 30s. He recorded with Pete Seeger
, Sonny Terry, Brownie McGhee
, and Leadbelly
He recorded over 350 compositions, and was discovered in the fifties by a young, white, college-educated audience, and spent the rest of his life performing at folk festivals nationwide. He died in 1958 of throat cancer.