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About Lead Belly
American folk and blues singer, songwriter and guitarist, Huddie Ledbetter is known professionally as Lead Belly. His versatility in music cuts across several genres and topics including; prison life, liquor, racism and women.
He was known for playing the twelve-string guitar and boasted of over hundred songs. He is also noted to have written songs about several top figures such as Franklin D. Roosevelt, Howard Hughes, Adolf Hitler, Jack Johnson and several others.
His popular works include “Black Betty", “Goodnight, Irene” and “In the Pines”.
His father was Wesley Ledbetter, while his mother was Sallie Brown. He had two siblings. He was married to Martha Promise between 1935 and 1949.
He was, posthumously, named into the "Rock and Roll Hall of Fame" in 1988 and the "Louisiana Music Hall of Fame" in 2008.
He was nominated for the "Best Folk Recording" at the 1966 Grammy Awards.
He played the piano, windjammer, mandolin, violin and harmonica.
A biographical film, about him, was released in 1967, which starred retired actor, Roger E. Mosley in the role of Lead Belly.
He served time in prison.
Lead Belly Rank
Lead Belly's Popularity
Lead Belly was a famous American singer, songwriter and guitarist, who was born on January 20, 1888. As a person born on this date, Lead Belly is listed in our database as the 57th most popular celebrity for the day (January 20) and the 30th most popular for the year (1888).
People born on January 20 fall under the Zodiac sign of Aquarius, the Water Bearer. Lead Belly is the 1898th most popular Aquarius.
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