1885 - 1949

Leadbelly  American Musician


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Leadbelly passed away on 6th Dec 1949 aged 64.


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First Name Leadbelly
Alternative Name Lead Belly, Leadbelly
Age 64 (age at death) years
Birthday 29th January, 1885
Birthplace Mooringsport, Louisiana, United States
Died 6th December, 1949
Zodiac Sign Aquarius
Nationality American
Occupation Text Musician, songwriter
Occupation Musician
Music Genre (Text) Delta blues, songster, country blues, folk, Songster
Music Genre Folk, Piano
Year(s) Active 1936–1949, 1903–1949
Music Style Blues, Acoustic Blues, Country Blues, Folk-Blues, Folk Revival, Folksongs, Field Recordings, Songster
Music Mood Earthy, Organic, Rousing, Passionate, Plaintive, Gritty, Rustic, Melancholy, Earnest, Literate, Amiable/Good-Natured, Autumnal, Rollicking, Playful, Sad, Reflective, Intimate, Poignant, Bittersweet, Sentimental, Spiritual
Instrument Guitar, Piano, Accordion, Composer, Vocals
Instrument (text) Vocals, guitar, accordion, piano, lap steel guitar
Official Websites http://www.leadbelly.org/

Huddie William Ledbetter (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 songbook of 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.

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