Lead Belly Turns 125

Nov 29, 2013

January 20th, 2014, marks 125th birthday of Huddie, better known as Lead Belly, the matchless figure in American music of the 20th century. Ultimately, he was best remembered for a repertoire of songs that he discovered, learned, or wrote, including “Goodnight, Irene,” “Rock Island Line,” “The Midnight Special,” and “Cotton Fields.” His legacy is a early example of a folksinger whose background educated him about the oral tradition by which folk music was handed down, a tradition that, years later included elements of popular music. He became a major influence on folk performers of the 1940s such as Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger, who in turn influenced the folk revival and eventually the early development of rock & roll music from the 1960s. He was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1988.

We respectfully salute Lead Belly, on his great contributions to music, and wish him a Happy Birthday.

Happy 125th Birthday, Huddie(Lead Belly)

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