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Work Songs: Huddie Ledbetter. “Leadbelly”. Huddie Ledbetter (1885-1949) “Leadbelly”. Huddie Ledbetter - “Leadbelly” 1885? - 1949. Work Songs: began in 1600s on plantations and in prisons call-response advent of the phonograph. Huddie Ledbetter - vocal, guitar. Two harmonies each verse

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huddie ledbetter leadbelly 1885 1949
Huddie Ledbetter - “Leadbelly”1885? - 1949
  • Work Songs:began in 1600s onplantations and inprisons
  • call-response
  • advent of the phonograph
huddie ledbetter vocal guitar
Huddie Ledbetter - vocal, guitar
  • Two harmonies each verse
  • Simpler than 12-bar blues
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“Juliana Johnson” ca. 1941(Intro. To Jazz Disc 1)
  • 0.00 Beginning; two chords per beat
  • 0.13 “gonna leave ya”
  • 0.24 “done got married”
  • 0.34 “I married Marty”all -phrases end with a short grunt where the workers pull together; spoken fill
  • 0.43 “Marty promised”
  • 0.52 “Goodbye Juli”
  • 1.02 “Gonna leave ya”
  • 1.17 fade-out, end
leadbelly
“Leadbelly”
  • b. Mooringsport, LA, 1885
    • Attended “sukey jumps” and “breakdowns”
    • Self-taught on accordion
    • Age 15 worked as a field hand
    • Habitual pursuit of women
    • Many scrapes with the law
    • In and out of prison
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“Leadbelly”
  • 1918 Sugar Land Penitentiary (Texas)
  • 1932 Angola State Penitentiary (LA)
  • 1935 worked for Lomaxs
  • 1937, 1940 jail
  • 1940 performed and toured with Josh White; Big Bill Broonzy and Woodie Guthrie
  • made many recordings
huddie ledbetter 1885 1949 leadbelly
Huddie Ledbetter (1885-1949)“Leadbelly”
  • called “Leadbelly” after being in a fight where he was shot
  • series of scrapes with the law
  • prison; chain gangs; convicted for murder
  • became a friend of the warden at Sugar Land Penitentiary
  • pardoned in 1925
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“Leadbelly”
  • popularity began to fade during WWII
  • played in Paris in 1949 for 30 people
  • died in NYC on December 6, 1949 of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
  • video - “Leadbelly”
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