Upgrade Bonanza: Pete Seeger & Big Bill Broonzy – Evanston, IL (10/25/56)

pete seeger - big bill broonzy

Pete Seeger & Big Bill Broonzy
Northwestern University
Evanston, IL

Download: FLAC/MP3

Read my review of this show here.

Set I
Midnight Special
Backwater Blues
The Frog
Green Corn
This Train
Mrs. McGrath
Crawdad Song
Glory Of Love
Kisses Sweeter Than Wine
Goofing Off Suite
Willie Mae
Bill Bailey

Set II
//Deep Blue Sea (FADE-IN)
Que Bonita Bandera
Aimee McPherson
Student Songs
Ragupati Ragava Rajah Ram
Black Fly
Goin’ Down The Road Feelin’ Bad
Mama I Saw A Boo-Boo
A Soldier’s Prayer
John Henry
Come Along With Me (?)
In The Evenin’ (When The Sun Go Down)
Down By The Riverside

SBD Reel to Reel Tape Station WFMT Chicago, Ill.

7 thoughts on “Upgrade Bonanza: Pete Seeger & Big Bill Broonzy – Evanston, IL (10/25/56)

  1. Luvly stuff!!

    Incidentally Mat, nice run of JGB posts. out of interest, are these coming from the FF lists I gave you or have you found another seam to mine?

    In case you missed it this is a good FF link to grab with premium (1.8 GB!!)


    Its the Greta Dane 4 CD live anthology with full book scans. A classic boot from the mid 90s and still well worth a listen.

    For those like me currently running on free d/l, just get it running, go to bed and pray.

    1. Nope those come from another source than yours. I actually went back and tried a bunch of those FF links you sent the other day and they seem to be all dead. I had grabbed a few back when you sent them, but missed a bunch due to not keeping up with the slow downloads.

      Have had that Rock N Roll Cowboy comp for awhile now. Great stuff.

  2. ps tragic to think that less than 2 years later Big Bill would be dead. Throat cancer took one of the great voices of the blues. Also difficult to imagine that almost 60 years later Mr Seeger would still be singing some of these songs.

    Actually for the ‘1800s men’ (as they were often cited, and liked to wear as a badge of authenticity) such as Big Bill and Sonny Boy Williamson etc, to make it into their 60s and 70s was quite an achievement, in view of their lifestyle and the hardships they must have lived thru.

    ps the original post for that Neil is on g101 – Mr Wolfsbane if memory serves. Whenever I have a subscription i head straight for the extremely large single links that you have little chance of grabbing otherwise.

    Yo’ll find some similarly huge (but excellent anthologies) of The Band and Tom Petty at Bootleg Kingdom if you are of a similar mind and looking for max bang for your buck!

    1. Pete’s a real hero of mine. We took a holiday in Japan a few years back and the little inn we stayed in Osaka (I think, could have been Hiroshima) had a little plaque noting that Pete had stayed there with his signature and his little banjo doodle. I was more excited by that than just about anything else.

      Thanks for the heads up on Bootleg Kingdom. Like I needed another site full of FF links for me to fill up my hard drives with 😉

  3. Mat, thanks for the FLAC
    Here’s a more detailed track listing including #14 Michael Row the Boat Ashore
    which wasn’t listed.

    Pete Seeger & Big Bill Broonzy

    All of the songs on Set 1 except the Frog and Kisses Sweeter Than Wine were
    released in 1965 on a Verve Folkways LP titled Pete Seeger & Big Bill
    Broonzy In Concert but some of the spoken intros were edited

    Set I 66:50
    01 Intro 0:50
    02 Midnight Special (Broonzy and Seeger) 3:41
    03 intro 1:52
    04 Backwater Blues (Broonzy) 3:04
    05 Intro 1:08
    06 The Frog (Seeger) 6:32
    07 Intro 0:45
    08 Green Corn (Seeger) 2:52
    09 Intro 1:31
    10 This Train Is Bound For Glory (Broonzy) 3:13
    11 Intro 1:06
    12 Mrs. McGrath (Seeger) 1:33
    13 Intro 4:25
    14 Crawdad Song (Broonzy) 2:40
    15 Talk and Hillel and Steel Drum demonstration (Seeger) 8:20
    16 Intro 0:32
    17 Glory Of Love (Broonzy) 2:32
    18 Intro 0:19
    19 Kisses Sweeter Than Wine (Seeger) 2:52
    20 Intro 1:41
    21 Goofing Off Suite (Seeger) 4:10
    22 Intro 1:00
    23 Willie Mae (Broonzy) 2:51
    24 Intro 0:32
    25 Why Don’t You Come Home Bill Bailey (Broonzy) 2:10
    26 Intro 1:16
    27 Alberta (Broonzy) 2;24
    28 Outro 0:41

    Set 2 66:40

    1 Deep Blue Sea (fades in) Seeger 2:37
    2 intro to Que Bonita Bandera 0:40
    3 Que Bonita Bandera (Seeger) 3:49
    4 into to Aimee McPherson 3:32
    5 Aimee McPherson (Seeger) 2:39
    6 intro to Student Songs 0:13
    7 Student Songs (Seeger) 4:39
    8 intro Ragupati Ragava Rajah Ram 1:26
    9 Ragupati Ragava Rajah Ram (Seeger) 1:53
    10 intro Black Fly 0:20
    11 Black Fly (Seeger) 2:15
    12 intro to Wimoweh 2:39
    13 Wimoweh (Seeger) 1:58
    14 Michael Row the Boat Ashore (Seeger) 2:47
    15 intro to Goin’ Down The Road Feelin’ Bad 2:06
    16 Goin’ Down The Road Feelin’ Bad (Broonzy) 2:30
    17 intro to Momma I Saw A Boo-Boo 0:18
    18 Momma I Saw A Boo-Boo (Seeger) 0:45
    19 intro to Ananias 1:25
    20 Ananias (Broonzy) 2:25
    21 intro to A Soldier’s Prayer 0:28
    22 A Soldier’s Prayer (Seeger) 3:17
    23 intro to John Henry (Broonzy) 0:49
    24 John Henry (Broonzy) 5:13
    25 Come Along With Me (Seeger) 2:54
    26 intro to In The Evenin’ (When The Sun Go Down) 1:10
    27 In The Evenin’ (When The Sun Go Down) (Broonzy) 4:15
    28 intro to Down By The Riverside 0:35
    29 Down By The Riverside (Seeger and Broonzy) 5:43

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