Lead Belly – Biography
Born in 1888, Huddie “Lead Belly” Ledbetter was one of the original country blues musicians. However, he spent much of his life in and out of various penitentiaries throughout the South on counts of murder, assault and various attempted homicides. Nevertheless, his musical abilities were so great that he was afforded several pardons, along with several opportunities to record in professional studios.
Lead Belly released a string of albums in the late 1930s and early 1940s that demonstrated his versatility — he was adept at every genre from blues to folk to pop. Keep reading below for Lead Belly album reviews and accolades.
- Negro Sinful Songs (1939) A
- “The Midnight Special” and Other Southern Prison Songs (1940) A
- Play Parties in Song and Dance (1941) B
- Work Songs of the U.S.A. (1942) A-