Sunday, 28 April 2013


Huddie William Ledbetter (1888 – 1949) best known as Lead Belly, though many releases list him as "Leadbelly," he spelled it "Lead Belly."  was an iconic American folk and blues musician, and multi-instrumentalist, notable for his strong vocals, his virtuosity on the twelve-string guitar, and the songbook of folk standards he introduced. 

Although Lead Belly most commonly played the twelve-string, he could also play the piano, mandolin, harmonica, violin, and accordion. In some of his recordings, such as in one of his versions of the folk ballad "John Hardy", he performs on the accordion instead of the guitar. In other recordings he just sings while clapping his hands or stomping his foot.

NOW CHECK THIS OUT! Lead Belly has been covered by Brian Wilson, Delaney Davidson, Tom Russell, Lonnie Donegan, Bryan Ferry-ref 'Frantic'Album 2002. The Beach Boys, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Elvis Presley, Abba, Pete Seeger, The Weavers, Harry Belafonte, Frank Sinatra, Ram Jam, The Animals, Johnny Cash, Tom Petty, Dr John, Ry Cooder, Maria Muldaur, Rory Block, Grateful Dead, Gene Autry, Odetta, Billy Childish (who named his son Huddie), Mungo Jerry, Paul King, Led Zeppelin, Van Morrison, Michelle Shocked, Tom Waits, Scott H. Biram, Ron Sexsmith, British Sea Power, Rod Stewart, Ernest Tubb, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, The White Stripes, The Fall, Smog, Old Crow Medicine Show, Spiderbait, Meat Loaf, Ministry, Raffi, Rasputina, Rory Gallagher, the Sensational Alex Harvey Band, Deer Tick, Hugh Laurie, X, Bill Frisell, Koerner, Ray & Glover, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Nirvana, Meat Puppets, Mark Lanegan, and WZRD, among many others. 

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