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Big Bill Broonzy, Why Should I Spend My Money?

Hello Vinyl Peoples! Today we have another find from digging through the Vintage Fidelity collection. This 78 rpm record is from 1941 on the Okeh label. Two songs… She’s Gone With The Wind and Why Should I Spend My Money? Both tunes are only piano, guitar, and vocal. She’s Gone with the wind has a moderate tempo with a heavy blues progression. The piano and voice come through the best on this recording. Broonzy sings.. “Better watch your enemy… Keep your eye on your friends..” The piano sounds great throughout the track. The guitar is hard to hear, but you can hear some small blues runs and note bends in there from time to time. Sounds like there was only one mic for the recording. The second tune, Why Should I Spend My Money? has more of an up tempo/swing feel to it. You can hear Big Bill and the “Tickler Man” get into the song by tapping their feet and being a little more lively on this tune.

Overall both tunes are great. These songs would be good to learn on the guitar… I may have to pull out the flat top and look for some chord charts! See you next time music peoples!

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