Big Bill Broonzy was one of America's most popular blues musicians — a father figure to many blues legends and an acknowledged influence on rockers such as Eric Clapton and Pete Townshend. Yet Broonzy's life has remained something of a mystery until now.
April has brought more than just showers. In fact some local spring weather has been downright violent. A string of tornadoes in Midwest and Southern states left at least 45 dead and property destroyed.
On March 21, 2001, the Blues world lost a legend when Joseph Willie "Pinetop" Perkins passed away at his home in Austin, Texas.Born in Belzoni, Mississippi in 1913, Mr. Perkins started out on guitar. But when a woman slashed his arm with a knife, he was forced to switch to piano.
In the summer of 1965, Bob Dylan made music history when he plugged it in. The folk hero played a set with electric instruments at the Newport Folk Festival. So who gave Dylan this bright idea? A kid from Chicago named Michael Bloomfield.
Jimmy Reed’s hits include "Bright Lights," "Big City" and "Big Boss Man." But like many artists of the '50s and '60s, Reed was a victim of copyright infringement – he didn’t get much money for his work.