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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