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Huddie Ledbetter
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Name: Huddie Ledbetter
1st Lifespan: January, 1888 – December 6, 1949
2nd Lifespan: October 2008 - Present
Occupation: Musician
Current Status: Retired
Location: In and around the Pubs of Dulston
Current Level: 6
Group: Mingus Big Band


  Leadbelly  



"My girl, my girl, where will you go I'm going where the cold wind blows"



  Status  

RETIRED. He will play the odd gig or two a year upon request.

  History  

Huddie William Ledbetter, (pre-malton lifespan: January, 1888 – December 6, 1949) was an American folk and blues musician, notable for his clear and forceful singing, his virtuosity on the twelve string guitar, and the rich songbook of folk standards he introduced.

He is best known as Leadbelly or Lead Belly. Though many releases list him as "Leadbelly," he himself spelled it "Lead Belly." This is also the usage on his tombstone,as well as of the Lead Belly Foundation.

Although he most commonly played the twelve string, he could also play the piano, mandolin, harmonica, violin, concertina, and accordion. In some of his recordings, such as in one of his versions of the folk ballad "John Hardy", he performs on the accordion instead of the guitar. In other recordings he just sings while clapping his hands or stomping his foot. The topics of Lead Belly's music covered a wide range of subjects, including gospel songs; blues songs about women, liquor and racism; and folk songs about cowboys, prison, work, sailors, cattle herding and dancing.

No one knows how his body got to Malton or when he was revived. Now he's up and about. Survivor, Pker, Zed...he's bringing the blues to them all.


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