Today is the birthday of a great (deceased) blues man, Bill Broonzy. He would be 120 today, if he hadn’t been cut down at a young 65 by cancer. Bill’s blues were built on a foundation of traditional tunes and some of his own writings, and all were sang with a sweet mellow molasses voice over his expert finger style guitar. As a testament to Bill’s skill one need not look further than the fact that it was Bill who was signed up to replace the recently killed Robert Johnson in John Hammond’s 1938 “From Spirituals to Swing” concert at Carnegie Hall. Bill’s career spanned several decades, over which time he influenced generations of musicians, blues and otherwise–here’s to you Bill, happy 120