This beautiful gospel and delta blues classic was originally composed, it is believed, by a slave named Wallace Wallis in the 19th century. Big Bill Broonzy’s version of Swing Low, Sweet Chariot goes deep into the mud and is a fine example of how Soul, blues, and Gospel perfectly complement each other.
Must listen masterpiece Big Bill Broonzy’s song “Hey Hey”
He has influenced the Pre- and Post war blues scene, and in his early years he made fame as a folk blues musician. But when he moved to Chicago we really found out this bluesman from the south was a big man in Blues. The influence of Big Bill Broonzy on other musicians is huge.
Muddy Waters released a full length album with Big Bill’s work and Eric Clapton made a successful cover of the hit song “Hey Hey”. Clapton’s version was part of his unplugged album. The original “Hey Hey” by Broonzy is in my world an absolute favorite.
Big Bill’s playing style in ‘Hey Hey’
The way Big Bill Broonzy plays the difficult but catchy guitar riff is inspiring. In the version that was recorded live in 1956 you see a laid back Broonzy playing “Hey Hey” in a silent bar. Everybody in the audience is amazed, I guess, by the song Big Bill plays. I can watch this song over and over again and stay amazed by the smooth guitar playing style of Big Bill Broonzy.