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Leadbelly

LeadbellyAKA Huddie William Ledbetter

Born: 29-Jan-1885
Birthplace: Mooringsport, LA [1]
Died: 6-Dec-1949
Location of death: New York City
Cause of death: Lou Gehrig's Disease
Remains: Buried, Shiloh Baptist Church Cemetery, Mooringsport, LA

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: Black
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Guitarist

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Goodnight Irene

Southern folk and blues guitarist, discovered by musicologist Alan Lomax in 1933 while in prison for attempted murder.

Subject of the film Leadbelly (1976), directed by Gordon Parks.


[1] Jeter Plantation, Mooringsport, LA.

Father: Wesley Ledbetter
Mother: Sally Ledbetter
Wife: Martha Promise (m. 1935)

    Assault Texas 1916
    Murder Texas 1918 (released after 7 years of a 30 year sentence)
    Attempted Murder Louisiana 1930
    Assault 1939
    Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 1988
    Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame



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