BLACK SOCIAL HISTORY Lead Belly
Lead Belly with a twelve-string guitar
|Birth name||Huddie William Ledbetter|
|Also known as||Lead Belly, Leadbelly|
|Born||January 20, 1888|
Mooringsport, Louisiana, U.S.
|Died||December 6, 1949 (aged 61)|
New York City, New York, U.S.
|Genres||Delta blues, songster, country blues, folk|
|Instruments||Vocals, guitar, accordion, piano,lap steel guitar|
|Stella 12-string guitar|
Life after prison
The Library of Congress recordings
- Midnight Special (1991)
- Gwine Dig a Hole to Put the Devil In (1991)
- Let It Shine on Me (1991)
- The Titanic (1994)
- Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen (1994)
- Go Down Old Hannah (1995)
- Where Did You Sleep Last Night - Lead Belly Legacy Vol.1 (1996)
- Bourgeois Blues - Lead Belly Legacy Vol.2 (1997)
- Shout On - Lead Belly Legacy Vol.3 (1998)
- Leadbelly Sings Folk Songs (1989)
- Lead Belly's Last Sessions (4-CD box set) (1994) Recorded late 1948 in New York City. These were his only commercial recordings on magnetic tape.
- Lead Belly Sings For Children (1999) Includes the 1960 Folkways album Negro Folk Songs for Young People in its entirety, and five of the six tracks from the 1941 album Play Parties in Song and Dance as Sung by Lead Belly, recorded for Moses Asch, as well as other songs recorded for Asch from 1941 to 1948, and one previously unreleased track, a radio broadcast of "Take this Hammer".
- Folkways: The Original Vision (Woody Guthrie and Lead Belly) (2004) Expanded version of the original 1989 compilation.
- Leadbelly Recorded In Concert, University of Texas, Austin, June 15, 1949 (1973, Playboy Records PB 119).
- Huddie Ledbetter's Best (1989, BGO Records) - contains Lead Belly's recordings made for Capitol Records in 1944 in California.
- King of the 12-String Guitar (1991, Sony/Legacy Records) - a collection of blues songs and prison ballads recorded in 1935 in New York City for the American Record Company, including previously unreleased alternate takes.
- Private Party November 21, 1948 (2000, Document Records) - contains Lead Belly's intimate performance at a private party in late 1948 in Minneapolis.
- When the Sun Goes Down, Volume 5 - Lead Belly: Take This Hammer (2003, RCA Victor / Bluebird Jazz, upc 82876-509572) - CD collection of all 26 songs Lead Belly recorded for Victor Records in 1940, half of which feature the Golden Gate Jubilee Quartet. A 1968 LP on RCA Victor included about half of these recordings.
- A Leadbelly Memorial, Vol II (1963, Stinson Records, SLP 19) - red vinyl pressing
- The Definitive Lead Belly (2008, Not Now Music) - a 50 song retrospective 2 disc set