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(January 20, 1889 – December 6, 1949)

Lead Belly

Huddie William Ledbetter (January 20, 1889 – December 6, 1949) was an American folk and blues musician, and multi-instrumentalist, 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 spelled it "Lead Belly." This is also the usage on his tombstone,[1][2] as well as of the Lead Belly Foundation.[3] In 1994 the Lead Belly Foundation...

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Although, Lead Belly most commonly played the twelve-string, he could also play the piano, mandolin, harmonica, violin, and accordion.

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