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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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Perry was inspired by Big Bill Broonzy, Leadbelly, Sonny Terry and Brownie McGee and worked with the Yardbirds in the 60s, but he stayed with the blues when the band moved on to a commercial sound.
If it's true that the great folk and blues legend Leadbelly sang his way to freedom, then Cleaver wrote his way out of prison.
Laird uses the genre-crossing repertoire and style of Leadbelly (Huddie Ledbetter), who lived and worked around Fannin Street, to illuminate her portrait.
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The download also includes lessons featuring songs by artists including Eric Clapton, Leadbelly and Woody Guthrie, the company said.
As an added impetus, the folk arts and culture of the 'common people' had been championed by various initiatives included in Roosevelt's New Deal programmes, and performers such as Woody Guthrie, Leadbelly, and Aunt Molly Jackson, were already minor celebrities--at least among the liberal set in New York and other big cities.