These photographs are from the book about Big Bill Broonzy, ‘I Feel So Good’ by Bob Riesman and published by The University of Chicago Press.
Bill and his mother, Mittie Belcher Bradley, and his youngest sister, Mary Bradley Dove, North Little Rock, late 1940s or early 1950s. They are sitting on the back step of the home of Bill’s sister Lannie Bradley Wesley, at 412 West 30th Street. Michael van Isveldt Collection
Top row: Ernest (Little Son Joe) Lawlars, Bill (with guitar), Lester Melrose, Roosevelt Sykes, St. Louis Jimmy Oden; below: Washboard Sam, c. 1940s. Yannick and Margo Bruynoghe Collection.
Lil Green and her band, photographed in Houston, Texas, c. 1941. Left to right: Simeon Henry (piano), Bill (guitar), Lil Green, Ransom Knowling (bass). Frank Driggs Collection. Photo by Teal Studio.
Bill and Muddy Waters, Chicago, late 1940s or early 1950s. Yannick and Margo Bruynoghe Collection
Sonny Boy Williamson and Bill, mid– to late 1940s. Yannick and Margo Bruynoghe Collection.
Bill at Kingsway Hall in London for his first British concert, September 22, 1951. Left to right: Alan Lomax, Bill, Max Jones, and Herbert “Bert” Wilcox. Max Jones Archive.
Bill performing, probably at the Doelenzaal, Amsterdam, late November 1955. Michael van Isveldt Collection.
“I Come for to Sing” group, Chicago, c. 1952. Left to right: Studs Terkel, Win Stracke, Bill, Larry Lane. Photograph by Stephen Deutch; iCHi-26824, Chicago History Museum.
Bill on the movie set of Low Light and Blue Smoke, Brussels, December 1955. Yannick and Margo Bruynoghe Collection.
Gathering at London apartment of Paul and Valerie Oliver, February–March, 1957, photographed by Paul Oliver. Top row, left to right: Alexis Korner (mandolin), Bobbie Korner, Beryl Bryden with arm around Bill, Derroll Adams (banjo). Bottom row, left to right: Ramblin’ Jack Elliott (guitar), June Elliott, Valerie Oliver, Donald Kincaid (a friend of the Olivers), Brother John Sellers. Dave Bennett Collection.
Pete Seeger (banjo) and Bill (guitar) performing at Circle Pines Center in Michigan, July 6, 1957. Photo by John Glass.
Bill and Rose Lawson Broonzy, photographed in their apartment at 4706 South Parkway, by Yannick Bruynoghe, January 1958. Yannick and Margo Bruynoghe Collection