Big Bill Broonzy ‘Blues Singer Vol. 1 – 1952 – 45 RPM


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Big Bill Broonzy ‘Blues Singer Vol. 1 – 1952 – 45 RPM


– 450 copies available online only –


Sam Records/Saga are very excited to announce the 3rd release of their ARTISAN series :
Big Bill Broonzy – Blues Singer, Vol 1 – 45 RPM – Green cover

Recorded in September 20-21, 1951 at Studio Vogue, Paris.
Original 10” LP Issue : Vogue LD030, January 1952


A key figure of the pre-war Chicago blues scene, Big Bill Broonzy was working as a janitor at the Iowa State University when he received the invitation to perform a series of concerts in France during the Summer of 1951. Presented to audiences as “The last living bluesman,” Big Bill Broonzy was actually one of the first blues musicians to visit Europe—after Lead Belly (1949) and Josh White (1950)—and he took this opportunity to reinvent himself as a “folk blues” artist, interpreting a perfect blend of old Southern themes, urban strains and spiritual songs.

In September, at the end of his Summer tour, Big Bill, accompanied by only his guitar, entered the studio in Paris to record Blues Singer Vol. 1 for Disques Vogue. These recordings stand out as it was the first time a new blues recording session appeared in LP form. Even more important was the music presented on this LP as it familiarized audiences with what has since been labeled “folk blues”. Broonzy’s singing, the sophistication of his elaborate picking technique, the poetic force of his lyrics all contributed to the propagation of blues music to a brand new audience.

Big Bill would return to the studios in 1952 during his second stay in Europe to record Blues Singer Vol. 2. For Broonzy, these two albums marked the beginning of a highly prolific period. As he continued touring Europe, he expanded his discography with numerous LPs recorded in Paris, but also in Antwerp, London, Brussels, Copenhagen, and Milan. His new career as a “country” troubadour had a rippling effect in the States where he was considered one of the leading figures of the folk music revival by the mid 1950s. As such, he influenced a whole generation of younger creators, including Paul McCartney, John Lennon, Eric Clapton, Joan Baez, and Bob Dylan.



Blues in 1890 :

In the Evening :


Big Bill Broonzy (Guitar, Vocal)


Side A

  • Blues in 1890 (Joe Turner Blues) (Trad) 3’36
  • The Moppin’ Blues (Big Bill Broonzy) 3’35
  • Hollerin’ And Cryin’ The Blues (Big Bill Broonzy) 9’30

Side B

  • Make My Getaway (Big Bill Broonzy) 3’48
  • Blackwater Blues (Bessie Smith) 4’38
  • In The Evening (When the Sun Goes Down) (Leroy Carr) 4’43
  • Low Land Blues (Big Bill Broonzy) 3’25


180g 12’’ LP / 45-RPM.

Limited edition of 450 copies per album, hand-numbered.

Original recordings supervised by Hugues Panassié for Disques Vogue.

Mastered from the original mono tapes.

Lacquers cut by Kevin Gray, Cohearent Audio.

Cover illustration by Pierre Merlin.

Pressed by Optimal in Germany.

6-page booklet with photos by Robert Doisneau and J-M. Masse.

Liner notes by Sebastian Danchin.

Reissue produced and manually screen-printed on Velin d’Arches paper by François Lê Xuân and Fred Thomas for Sam Records/Saga.

Each record has been visually checked to prevent defects.

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Additional information

Weight 600 g
Dimensions 30 × 30 × 3 cm


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