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Huddie Ledbetter (January 20, 1888 - December 6, 1949) 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… read more

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  • Avatar for juliacfonseca
    you are so great it hurts
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  • Avatar for lnqdty
    lead ________________________ belly
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  • Avatar for MisterJunior
    My pick for all time best Blues/Folk singer. He was also a great guitar player with a very distinct style. Listening to his records is damn near a religious experience.
  • Avatar for Lowbacca
    @SapientSutler: yeah, i too scrobble my lead belly via
  • Avatar for headey
    @[user]sapientsutler[/user] idk, it might be possible if you have your own music as Lead Belly that you could scribble it to .
  • Avatar for littlelouie1
    Leadbelly got that name from a lady who owed a whore house & she hit his belly & told him that he has a leadbelly which it came from his real last name Ledbetter & then people started to call him Leadbelly which he had to change his name when he was running from the law which we call it being on the Lam. He also played & tour with Blind Lemon Jefferson which it should've been added in his Bio.
  • Avatar for shivaki07 Here's a REVIEW of a band which was inspired by Leadbelly!
  • Avatar for OG-Gurda
    sadly we would not be able to change it here anymore...

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