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nickname of

Huddie William Ledbetter,

1885–1949, American singer, b. Mooringsport, La. While wandering through Louisiana and Texas, he earned a living by playing the guitar for dances. For a time he joined with Blind Lemon Jefferson, the blues singer, who influenced his future style. Leadbelly's blues and work songs are a survival of the earliest African-American music (see jazzjazz,
the most significant form of musical expression of African-American culture and arguably the most outstanding contribution the United States has made to the art of music. Origins of Jazz

Jazz developed in the latter part of the 19th cent.
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). He was jailed in 1918 for murder and put on a chain gang; he was pardoned in 1925 but was again put in jail for attempted murder (1930–34) and for assault (1939–40). The folklorist John A. LomaxLomax, John Avery
, 1867–1948, American folklorist, b. Goodman, Miss. Lomax's first book, Cowboy Songs (1910), contained for the first time in print such songs as "The Old Chisholm Trail," "Git Along Home Little Dogies," and "Home on the Range.
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 discovered Leadbelly in prison and used his songs for a book, Negro Folk Songs as Sung by Lead Belly (1936). In the 1940s Leadbelly made numerous nightclub appearances, accompanying himself on his 12-string guitar; in 1949 he made a concert tour in France.


real name Huddie Ledbetter. 1888--1949, US blues singer and guitarist


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And there is often a deep, almost spiritual connection between the folk musicians and the folklorists who documented and promoted their careers--between, for instance, Alan Lomax and Lead Belly, John Cohen of the New Lost City Ramblers and Roscoe Holcomb, folklorist Ralph Rinzler and Doc Watson.
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With the assistance of his son <IR> ALAN LOMAX </IR> , he collected American Ballads and Folk Songs (1934), Negro Folk Songs as Sung by Lead Belly (1936), and Our Singing Country (1941).
An unequaled leader in the preservation and re-release of precious historic recordings, Rounder has brought the music of Jelly Roll Morton, Woody Guthrie, Lead Belly, the Carter Family, Jimmie Rodgers and Mississippi John Hurt back to vibrant life.
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Saturday's program will include Long Duk Dong, a new-wave, old-school cover band that gets the party started playing a great mix of '80s songs and classic rock; The Hive Mind, winners of the 2014 Riverside County Fair and Date Festival Battle of the Bands, whose influences include Bob Dylan, Huddie William Ledbetter more commonly known as Lead Belly, Stevie Ray Vaughn, John Mayer, and Jimmy Page, and; John Stanley King, the legendary musical headliner is known for his extended talent range in all styles of music from Jazz, Acoustic to Classic Rock.
I loved the song 'Gallows Pole' by Zeppelin, and later learned it to be a Lead Belly tune.
Promoting his new album, Let Them Talk, Laurie begins each song with an explanation of its origins, and gives us delights from a host of legends including Lead Belly, Jerry Lee Lewis and Leroy Carr.
Promoting his new album, Let Them Talk, Laurie gives us delights from a host of legends including Lead Belly, Jerry Lee Lewis and Leroy Carr.
They gave themselves titles like Howlin' Wolf, Muddy Waters, Lead Belly and Sister Rosetta Tharpe, names that seemed to spring from some mythic Southern hamlet that Zora Neale Hurston might have chronicled in a story or novel.