Lead Belly
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1888-01-29
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Lead Belly

Biography

Huddie William Ledbetter (January 20, 1888 – December 6, 1949) was an American folk and blues musician notable for his strong vocals, virtuosity on the twelve-string guitar, and the songbook of folk standards he introduced. He is best known as Lead ...

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Biography

Huddie William Ledbetter (January 20, 1888 – December 6, 1949) was an American folk and blues musician notable for his strong vocals, virtuosity on the twelve-string guitar, and the songbook of folk standards he introduced. He is best known as Lead Belly. Though many releases list him as "Leadbelly", he himself wrote it as "Lead Belly", which is also the spelling on his tombstone and the spelling used by the Lead Belly Foundation.

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On A Christmas Day
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On A Christmas Day
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On A Monday (fRoots - Best Packaged Album 2015)
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On A Monday (fRoots - Best Packaged Album 2015)
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House Of The Rising Sun
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House Of The Rising Sun
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Black Girl (Where did you sleep last Night?)
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Black Girl (Where did you sleep last Night?)
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Take this Hammer
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Take this Hammer
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Where Did You Sleep Last Night
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Where Did You Sleep Last Night
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The Boll Weevil
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The Boll Weevil
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Grasshoppers In My Pillow
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Grasshoppers In My Pillow
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Packin' Trunk Blues
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Packin' Trunk Blues
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Roberta (Part I)
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Roberta (Part I)
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Deleted Record (Proms 2015)
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Deleted Record (Proms 2015)
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Lead Belly Biography

Huddie William Ledbetter (January 20, 1888 – December 6, 1949) was an American folk and blues musician notable for his strong vocals, virtuosity on the twelve-string guitar, and the songbook of folk standards he introduced. He is best known as Lead Belly. Though many releases list him as "Leadbelly", he himself wrote it as "Lead Belly", which is also the spelling on his tombstone and the spelling used by the Lead Belly Foundation.

Lead Belly usually played a twelve-string guitar, but he also played the piano, mandolin, harmonica, violin, and "windjammer" (diatonic accordion). In some of his recordings he sings while clapping his hands or stomping his foot.

Lead Belly's songs covered a wide range, including gospel music; blues about women, liquor, prison life, and racism; and folk songs about cowboys, prison, work, sailors, cattle herding, and dancing. He also wrote songs about people in the news, such as Franklin D. Roosevelt, Adolf Hitler, Jean Harlow, the Scottsboro Boys, and Howard Hughes.

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