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Created with Fabric.js 1.4.5 Huddie "Leadbelly" Ledbetter theMusician and the Trouble-Maker Huddie William "Leadbelly" Ledbetter was a famous American folk and blues singer and a gutairist as well. He's best known for playing the 12-string guitar. His mother, Sallie Pugh Ledbetter, gave him music lessons and his uncles taught him to play the accordion. At 16 he had already been known as the best singer/guitarist in Louisiana. He got the nickname "Leadbelly" from his low, base voice. He played with Blind Lemon Jefferson, a famous jazz/blues musician, at bars in the red-light district ofDallas and picked up songs from him. Leadbelly also got into some trouble and wasn't always a good person. At 15 his sweetheart had a daughter and he refused to marry her, even though the child was his. While Leadbelly was married he still "associated" with other women. While on the chain gang he escaped and was convicted again for murder and assualt to murder another woman when he was caught. He escaped on 2 other occasions and was sentenced to the chain gang of Central State Farm by Houston,TX Once he even attacked a woman who denied his advances. He was sentenced to a chain gang for 1 year. While on the chain gang he escaped, but was caught andconvicted again, for murder and assualt to murder another woman. He escaped 2 more times and was then put to work on the chain gang of Central State Farm by Houston,TX. He started to sing at the prison and many visitors came to see him. He was even pardoned from jail after singing a song to the governor asking for forgiveness. He was imprisoned again for the intent to kill 5 men. While in prison Alan Lomax recorded Leadbelly. And after he was pardoned again they visited other jails where Leadbelly performed. He would encourage the inmates to make their own songs and sing them, so Alan Lomax could record them. Leadbelly sang and recorded: Goodnight Irene, Midnight Special, Where Did You Sleep Last Night,and Rock Island Line. Leadbelly is believed to have changed the world of music. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988, 39 years after his death. Is he legendary? YES!!!
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