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Art Thieme Review: Book on Big Bill Broonzy (20) RE: Review: Book on Big Bill Broonzy 26 Jun 11


Kat,

I never heard Big Bill in person---but he certainly was a huge presence through Studs, Frank, Pete and Fleming. Recently people like Mark Dvorak and Chris Walz are keeping Bill's music alive. A couple of decades ago, Steve Goodman did several of his songs---especially Bill's amazing version of The Glory Of Love. In Chicago the radio program The Midnight Special on WFMT-FM (hosted by Ray Nordstrand and Norm Pelligrini and Rich Warren) made sure that we "young-uns" back then knew about Bill Broonzy. For a long time I sand Bill's Key To The Highway. ---- Several times I got to play Big Bill Broonzy's guitar. Every time I touched it it had a new set of strings on it. Someone around the O.T.S.O.F.M. kept it polished and ready to play. It always sounded great. Just holding it was a special experience. Where is that guitar now I'm wondering?? Still at the school??? Hope so!

Art


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