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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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Work Songs: Huddie Ledbetter

“Leadbelly”


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Huddie Ledbetter (1885-1949)“Leadbelly”


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Huddie Ledbetter - “Leadbelly”1885? - 1949

  • Work Songs:began in 1600s onplantations and inprisons

  • call-response

  • advent of the phonograph


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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


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“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”


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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


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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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