Lead Belly Biography

Huddie William Ledbetter 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". This is also the spelling on his tombstone, as well as of the Lead Belly Foundation. In 1994 the Lead Belly Foundation contacted an authority on the history of popular music, Colin Larkin, editor of the Encyclopedia of Popular Music, to ask if the name "Leadbelly" could be altered to "Lead Belly" in the hope that other authors would follow suit and use the artist's correct appellation.

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

Biography Snapshot
Name:
Lead Belly
Full Name:
Huddie William Ledbetter
Nationality:
United States of America
Profession:
Singer, Musician
Ethnicity:
African American
Date of Birth:
January 20, 1888
Astrological Sign:
Aquarius
Date of Death:
December 6, 1949
Age at Death:
61
Cause of Death:
Motor neuron disease
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