Lead Belly

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Legal name: Huddie William Ledbetter

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Huddie William Ledbetter /ˈhjdi/ (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 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 sang 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.

Lead Belly was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988 and the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame in 2008.

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Discography

Album

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1993 Goodnight Irene Lead Belly 1
Masterworks Lead Belly 1
Negro Folk Songs For Young People Leadbelly 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1953 Rock Island Line: Huddie Ledbetter Memorial Album, Volume 2 Lead Belly 1
1986 “The Leadbelly Collection” - 20 Blues Greats Lead Belly 1
1988 Folkways: A Vision Revisited Woody Guthrie, Lead Belly & Pete Seeger 2
1989 Huddie Ledbetter's Best Lead Belly 2
1989 The Leadbelly Story Lead Belly 1
1990 Leadbelly Lead Belly 1
1990 Alabama Bound Lead Belly 2
1990 Leadbelly Sings Folk Songs Lead Belly 1
1991 King of the 12-String Guitar Lead Belly 1
1991 Gwine Dig a Hole to Put the Devil In: The Library of Congress Recordings, Volume 2 Lead Belly 1
1991 Let It Shine on Me: Library of Congress Recordings, Volume 3 Lead Belly 1
1991 Midnight Special: The Library of Congress Recordings, Volume 1 Lead Belly 1
1992 The House of the Rising Sun Lead Belly 1
1993 Irene Goodnight Lead Belly 1
1993 The Very Best of Leadbelly Lead Belly 1
1993 Goodnight Irene Lead Belly 1
1994 Storyteller Blues Lead Belly 1
1994 Go Down Old Hannah: The Library of Congress Recordings, Volume 6 Lead Belly 1
1994 Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen: The Library of Congress Recordings, Volume 5 Lead Belly 1
1994 The Titanic: Library of Congress Recordings, Volume 4 Lead Belly 2
1994 Bourgeois Blues: Golden Classics, Part One Lead Belly 1
1994 Lead Belly's Last Sessions Lead Belly 1
1994 Good Morning Blues: The Essential Recordings of Leadbelly Lead Belly 1
1994 Complete Recorded Works 1939–1947 in Chronological Order: Volume 1, 1 April 1939 to 15 June 1940 Lead Belly 1
1994 Complete Recorded Works 1939–1947 in Chronological Order: Volume 2, 17 June 1940 to Mid ’43 Lead Belly 1
1994 Complete Recorded Works 1939–1947 in Chronological Order: Volume 3, October 1943 to 25 April 1944 Lead Belly 1
1994 Complete Recorded Works 1939–1947 in Chronological Order: Volume 4, May to October 1944 Lead Belly 1
1994 Complete Recorded Works 1939–1947 in Chronological Order: Volume 5, 27 October 1944 to October 1946 Lead Belly 1
1994 Nothing but the Blues: Death Letter Blues Lead Belly 1
1994 The Blues Collection: Leadbelly, Midnight Special Lead Belly 1
1995 Leadbelly Memorial, Volumes 1 & 2 Lead Belly 1
1995 The Legendary Masters Series Lead Belly 1
1996 Goodnight Irene Lead Belly 1
1996 Where Did You Sleep Last Night: Lead Belly Legacy, Volume 1 Lead Belly 1
1996 Easy Rider Lead Belly 1
1996 In the Shadow of the Gallows Pole Lead Belly 1
1997 Bourgeois Blues: Lead Belly Legacy, Volume 2 Lead Belly 2
1997 Complete Recorded Works 1939–1947 in Chronological Order: Volume 6, 1947 Lead Belly 1
1997 The Remaining ARC and Library of Congress Recordings, Volume 1, 1934-1935 Lead Belly 2
1997 The Remaining Library of Congress Recordings: Volume 2 (1935) Lead Belly 1
1997 The Remaining Library of Congress Recordings: Volume 3 (1935) Lead Belly 1
1997 The Remaining Library of Congress Recordings: Volume 4 (1935-1938) Lead Belly 1
1997 The Remaining Library of Congress Recordings: Volume 5 (1938-1942) Lead Belly 1
1998 Shout On: Lead Belly Legacy, Volume 3 Lead Belly 1
1998 Midnight Special Lead Belly 1
1999 Bridging Lead Belly Lead Belly 1
1999 Complete Recorded Works in Chronological Order: Volume 7, 1947–1949 Lead Belly 1
1999 Leadbelly Sings for Children Lead Belly 1
2000 Absolutely the Best Lead Belly 1
2001 The Essential Leadbelly Lead Belly 1
2002 The Tradition Masters Lead Belly 1
2002 Complete Blues: The Definitive Leadbelly Lead Belly 3
2003 The Best of Leadbelly Lead Belly 1
2003 When the Sun Goes Down, Volume 5: Take This Hammer Lead Belly 1
2003 Easy Rider Blues Lead Belly 1
2004 Blues & Folk Singer: Sagablues, Volume 1 Lead Belly 1
2004 Black Betty Lead Belly 1
2004 Complete Blues: Take This Hammer Lead Belly 1
2004 Kings of the Blues: Leadbelly Lead Belly 1
2005 Leadbelly - the Blues Collection Lead Belly 1
2005 Goodnight Irene: The Best of Leadbelly Lead Belly 1
2005 Midnight Special Lead Belly 1
2006 Important Recordings 1934 - 1949 Lead Belly 1
2006 New Orleans Lead Belly 1
2006 The Legend of Leadbelly Lead Belly 1
2008 The Definitive Lead Belly Lead Belly 1
2010 The Rough Guide to Blues Legends: Leadbelly Lead Belly 5 2
2015 The Smithsonian Folkways Collection Lead Belly 1
Good Morning Blues Lead Belly 1
King of the Twelve String: Midnight Special Lead Belly 1
Leadbelly Lead Belly 1
Nothing but the Blues: You Do Me Any Old Way Lead Belly & Big Bill Broonzy 1
The Immortal Leadbelly Lead Belly 1
The Leadbelly Collection Lead Belly 1
You Don't Know My Mind Lead Belly 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1999 Bunk & Leadbelly at New York Town Hall 1947 Bunk Johnson & Lead Belly 1
2000 Private Party: Minneapolis, Minnesota, November 21, 1948 Lead Belly 1

Single

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1939 De Kalb Blues / The Boll Weevil Lead Belly 1
1940 Alberta / T.B. Blues Lead Belly 1
1940 Worried Blues / Easy Rider Blues Lead Belly 1
1941 Grey Goose / Stew Ball Lead Belly 1
1941 Pick a Bale of Cotton / Alabama Bound Lead Belly 1
1941 The Midnight Special / Ham an' Eggs Lead Belly 1
1941 The Red Cross Store Blues / Roberta Lead Belly 1
1941 New York City / You Can't Lose Me, Cholly Lead Belly 1
1941 Good Morning Blues / Leaving Blues Lead Belly 1
1942 I'm on My Last Go-Round / Thirsty Mama Blues Lead Belly / The Hot Lips Page Trio 1
1942 Rock Island Line / Ol' Riley Lead Belly 1
1943 (Goodnight) Irene / Ain't You Glad Lead Belly 1

Unspecified type

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
Lead Belly Road (The Blues District) Lead Belly 1

Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2004 Live: New York 1947 & Austin, Texas 1949 Lead Belly 1

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