Lead Belly was very busy in 1940, appearing on the network radio series Folk Music of America and Back Where I Come From and launching his own weekly 15-minute program on local WNYC, a show that ran for a year. He also undertook his third set of commercial recordings in June, this time for RCA Victor and accompanied on some tracks by the Golden Gate Quartet. These sessions resulted in an album called The Midnight Special and Other Southern Prison Songs, released on RCA’s Bluebird imprint. In August 1940, Lead Belly also returned to recording for the Library of Congress, and some of these tracks are on the Rounder albums Gwine Dig A Hole And Put The Devil In It
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