Leadbelly

Real Name:
Huddie William Ledbetter
Profile:
American folk and blues singer, musician, and songwriter notable for his strong vocals, virtuosity on the twelve-string guitar, and the folk standards he introduced, including his renditions of "Goodnight, Irene", "Midnight Special", "Cotton Fields", and "Boll Weevil".
Born: January 23, 1888 in Mooringsport, Louisiana, USA
Died: December 6, 1949 in New York, NY, USA

Though many releases credit him as "Leadbelly", he himself wrote it as "Lead Belly", which is also the spelling on his tombstone.

Inducted into Rock And Roll Hall of Fame in 1988 (Early Influence).
Inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1970.
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Album 31 Negro Sinful Songs — Leadbelly Lead Belly* Negro Sinful Songs (Album) Musicraft Album 31 US 1939 Sell This Version
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P-50, P 50 The Midnight Special — Leadbelly Lead Belly* And The Golden Gate Quartet Lead Belly* And The Golden Gate Quartet - The Midnight Special (Album) Victor, Victor P-50, P 50 US 1940 Sell This Version
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ASCH 78 Play Parties In Song And Dance As Sung By Lead Belly — Leadbelly Lead Belly* Play Parties In Song And Dance As Sung By Lead Belly(3xShellac, 10", Album, Mono) Asch Recordings ASCH 78 US 1941 Sell This Version
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101, 102, 103 Work Songs of the U.S.A. — Leadbelly Lead Belly* Work Songs of the U.S.A. (Album) Asch Recordings, Asch Recordings, Asch Recordings 101, 102, 103 US 1942 Sell This Version
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A343 Songs By Lead Belly — Leadbelly Lead Belly* Accompanied By Sonny Terry Lead Belly* Accompanied By Sonny Terry - Songs By Lead Belly (Album) Asch Recordings A343 US 1943 Sell This Version
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10021 The History Of Jazz Vol. 1 - The 'Solid' South — Leadbelly Leadbelly The History Of Jazz Vol. 1 - The 'Solid' South (Album, Comp) Capitol Records 10021 US 1944 Sell This Version
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660 Negroe Folksongs Sung By Lead Belly — Leadbelly Leadbelly Negroe Folksongs Sung By Lead Belly(3xShellac, 12", Album) Disc Records 660 US 1946 Sell This Version
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FP4 Take This Hammer: Huddie Ledbetter Memorial Album — Leadbelly Leadbelly Take This Hammer: Huddie Ledbetter Memorial Album (Album) Folkways Records FP4 US 1950 Sell This Version
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FC 7020 (FP 20) Songs To Grow On Vol. 2, School Days — Leadbelly Pete Seeger, Charity Bailey, Leadbelly, Adelaide Van Wey, Cisco Houston Pete Seeger, Charity Bailey, Leadbelly, Adelaide Van Wey, Cisco Houston - Songs To Grow On Vol. 2, School Days(10", Comp) Folkways Records FC 7020 (FP 20) US 1951 Sell This Version
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FP 24 Leadbelly's Legacy Volume 3: Early Recordings — Leadbelly Leadbelly Leadbelly's Legacy Volume 3: Early Recordings (Album) Folkways Records FP 24 US 1951 Sell This Version
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SLP #51, SLP 51 Leadbelly Memorial Volume 4 — Leadbelly Leadbelly Leadbelly Memorial Volume 4 (Comp) Stinson Records, Stinson Records SLP #51, SLP 51 US 1952 Sell This Version
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SLP #41 Play • Parties Sung By Lead Belly — Leadbelly Leadbelly Play • Parties Sung By Lead Belly (Comp, Album) Stinson Records SLP #41 US 1951 Sell This Version
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FP 242 Leadbelly's Last Sessions Volume Two — Leadbelly Leadbelly Leadbelly's Last Sessions Volume Two (Album) Folkways Records, Folkways Records FP 242 US 1953 Sell This Version
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FP 241 Leadbelly's Last Sessions Volume One — Leadbelly Leadbelly Leadbelly's Last Sessions Volume One (Album) Folkways Records FP 241 US 1953 Sell This Version
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H369 Classics In Jazz — Leadbelly Leadbelly Classics In Jazz Capitol Records H369 US 1953 Sell This Version
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FP 14 Rock Island Line — Leadbelly Leadbelly Rock Island Line Folkways Records FP 14 US 1951 Sell This Version
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FP34 Easy Rider — Leadbelly Leadbelly Easy Rider (Album) Folkways Records FP34 US 1950 Sell This Version
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FC 7533 Negro Folk Songs For Young People — Leadbelly Lead Belly* Negro Folk Songs For Young People (Album) Folkways Records FC 7533 US 1960 Sell This Version
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SLPS 91 Leadbelly Sings And Plays — Leadbelly Leadbelly Leadbelly Sings And Plays (Comp) Stinson Records SLPS 91 US 1962 Sell This Version
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FA 2941C/D Leadbelly's Last Sessions Part Two — Leadbelly Leadbelly Leadbelly's Last Sessions Part Two Folkways Records FA 2941C/D US 1962 Sell This Version
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SLP #48, SLP 48 Leadbelly Memorial: Volume III — Leadbelly Lead Belly* Leadbelly Memorial: Volume III (Comp, Album) Stinson Records SLP #48, SLP 48 US 1952 Sell This Version
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FA 2942 A/B Leadbelly's Last Sessions Part Three — Leadbelly Leadbelly Leadbelly's Last Sessions Part Three (Album) Folkways Records FA 2942 A/B US 1962 Sell This Version
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MLP 12-113 Leadbelly's Last Sessions Part One — Leadbelly Leadbelly Leadbelly's Last Sessions Part One (Album) Folkways Records MLP 12-113 UK 1959 Sell This Version
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MLP 12-114 Leadbelly's Last Sessions Part Four — Leadbelly Leadbelly Leadbelly's Last Sessions Part Four Folkways Records MLP 12-114 UK 1959 Sell This Version
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FA 2483 Sings Folk Songs — Leadbelly Woody Guthrie With Leadbelly, Cisco Houston, Sonny Terry And Bess Hawes Woody Guthrie With Leadbelly, Cisco Houston, Sonny Terry And Bess Hawes - Sings Folk Songs (Album) Folkways Records FA 2483 US 1962 Sell This Version