Alabama Bound (well, 35
seconds of it)
Born 21st. January, 1888 - Shiloh, Louisiana
Died 6th. December 1949 - New York, N.Y.
Listen to the "hits" of Leadbelly and
you'll think you're listening to the hits of Lonnie Donegan made years
earlier. What an influence this man had on the skiffle craze.
Convicted of murder in 1917 he got a pardon in 1925 because he wrote
and sang a song pleading for his freedom! 1930, imprisoned again for
assault with intent to murder. This was not a man to mess with. Having
said that he also wrote the great folk song "Goodnight Irene"
so he can't have been all bad.
Listen to 3 VERY different versions of "Goodnight
The Weavers (1min. 02
Bobby Vee (1 min. 04 secs.)
Jerry Lee Lewis
(1 min. 03 secs.)