- NAME: Lead Belly
- OCCUPATION: Murderer, Songwriter, Guitarist, Singer
- BIRTH DATE: c. 1885
- DEATH DATE: December 06, 1949
- Did You Know?: Lead Belly was known as the King of the 12-String Guitar.
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Mooringsport, Louisiana
- PLACE OF DEATH: New York, New York
- Originally: Huddie William Ledbetter
- AKA: Huddie Ledbetter
- AKA: Lead Belly
- Nickname: King of the 12-String Guitar
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Lead Belly was a folk-blues singer, songwriter and guitarist whose ability to perform a vast repertoire of songs and notoriously violent life made him a legend.
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He toured a little after the diagnosis, but the ALS caught up with him for good in December, and he died at age 61.
He is best remembered for songs such as "Goodnight, Irene," "Rock Island Line," "The Midnight Special" and "Cotton Fields" and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988.
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