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Leadbelly (1885–1949)

Leadbelly was born on January 29, 1885 in Louisiana, USA as Huddie William Ledbetter. He was married to Martha Promise and Aletha Henderson. He died on December 6, 1949 in New York City, New York, USA. See full bio »

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Known For

The Aviator
The Aviator Soundtrack
(2004)
The Jerk
The Jerk Soundtrack
(1979)
Blow
Blow Soundtrack
(2001)

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 2016/I The Choice (writer: "Black Betty" - as Huddie Ledbetter)
 2015 Er ist wieder da (performer: "Mr Hitler / Hitler Song (Er Ist Wieder Da Edit)" - as Lead Belly) / (writer: "Mr Hitler / Hitler Song (Er Ist Wieder Da Edit)" - as Huddie Ledbetter)
 2015 Halt and Catch Fire (TV Series) (arranger - 1 episode)
- The Way In (2015) ... (arranger: "Rock Island Line" - uncredited)
 2015 Hot Pursuit (writer: "Black Betty" - as Huddie Ledbetter)
 2015 Per(si)keitimas (Short) (writer: "Black Betty" - as Huddie Ledbetter)
 2015 Cobain: Montage of Heck (Documentary) (writer: "Where Did You Sleep Last Night (Live from MTV Unplugged)", "Ain't it a Shame" - as Huddie Ledbetter)
 2014 Strictly Come Dancing (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Week 6: Halloween Special (2014) ... (writer: "Black Betty" - uncredited)
 2014 Breakfast (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode dated 11 October 2014 (2014) ... (writer: "Cotton Fields")
 2014 Time Out of Mind (writer: "On a Monday" - as Huddie Ledbetter)
 2014 Chocolate Strawberry Vanilla (as Lead Belly, "Where Did You Sleep Last Night")
 2014 Revolution (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Mis Dos Padres (2014) ... (writer: "Black Betty" - uncredited)
 2013 Eyjafjallajökull (writer: "Black Betty" - as H. Ledbetter)
 2013 North America (TV Series documentary) (writer - 1 episode)
- Born to Be Wild (2013) ... (writer: "Black Betty" - as Huddie Ledbetter)
 2013 BioShock Infinite (Video Game) (lyrics: "Goodnight Irene" - as Huddy Ledbetter) / (music: "Goodnight Irene" - as Huddy Ledbetter)
 2013 The Short Game (Documentary) (writer: "Black Betty" - as Huddie Ledbetter)
 2012 Not Fade Away (performer: "Good Mornin' Blues") / (writer: "Good Mornin' Blues") / (writer: "Pick A Bale o' Cotton" - as Huddie Ledbetter)
 2012 Dancing with the Stars (TV Series) (1 episode)
- Week 2 (2012) ... ("Black Betty")
 2012 The Act of Killing (Documentary) (writer: "Cotton Fields" - as Huddie Ledbetter)
 2012 The Darkness II (Video Game) (as Huddie Ledbetter, "Black Betty")
 2011 The Big Something (performer: "Good Morning Blues") / (writer: "Good Morning Blues")
 2011 The Marty Stuart Show (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- John Anderson (2011) ... (writer: "Bully of the Town")
 2011 Sing Your Song (Documentary) (performer: "Grey Goose") / (writer: "Mo Yet", "Sylvie (Bring Me Li'l Water, Silvie)")
 2010 Death Race 2 (Video) (writer: "Black Betty" - as Huddie Ledbetter)
 2010 The Defenders (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Las Vegas vs. Johnson (2010) ... (writer: "Black Betty" - uncredited)
 2010/I The Losers (writer: "Black Betty" - as Huddie Ledbetter)
 2010 20 to 1 (TV Series documentary) (writer - 1 episode)
- Blockbuster Heroes (2010) ... (writer: "Black Betty" - uncredited)
 2010 Tosh.0 (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Make It Snow Girl (2010) ... (writer: "Black Betty" - as Huddie Ledbetter, uncredited)
 2010 Cop Out (writer: "Black Betty" - as Huddie Ledbetter)
 2010 Rock & Chips (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Pilot (2010) ... (performer: "How Long" - uncredited)
 2009 Hugh Hefner: Playboy, Activist and Rebel (Documentary) (writer: "Goodnight, Irene")
 2009 Eastbound & Down (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Chapter 1 (2009) ... (writer: "Black Betty")
 2008 Fling (performer: "Where Did You Sleep Last Night") / (writer: "Where Did You Sleep Last Night" - as H. Ledbetter)
 2007 Meat Loaf: Three Bats Live (Video) (writer: "Black Betty" - as Huddie Ledbetter)
 2007 The Brave One (writer: "Black Betty" - as Huddie Ledbetter)
 2007 The Condemned (writer: "Black Betty" - as Huddie Ledbetter)
 2007 TMNT (writer: "Black Betty" - as Huddie Ledbetter)
 2006 Friday Night Lights (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Pilot (2006) ... (writer: "Black Betty" - uncredited)
 2006 Kurt Cobain About a Son (Documentary) (performer: "The Bourgeois Blues") / (writer: "The Bourgeois Blues" - as Huddie Ledbetter)
  Independent Lens (TV Series documentary) (performer - 1 episode, 2006) (writer - 1 episode, 2006)
- Negroes with Guns: Rob Williams and Black Power (2006) ... (performer: "The Bourgeois Blues" - as Huddie Ledbetter) / (writer: "The Bourgeois Blues" - as Huddie Ledbetter)
  Folk Britannia (TV Series documentary) (writer - 2 episodes, 2006) (performer - 1 episode, 2006)
- Ballads and Blues (2006) ... (performer: "Rock Island Line", "Pick a Bale of Cotton") / (writer: "Goodnight Irene" - as Huddie Ledbetter) / (writer: "Rock Island Line" - as Huddie William Ledbetter)
  American Masters (TV Series documentary) (performer - 1 episode, 2005) (writer - 1 episode, 2005)
- No Direction Home: Bob Dylan (2005) ... (performer: "Goodnight Irene") / (writer: "Ramblin' Round", "Goodnight Irene", "Green Corn" - as Huddie Ledbetter)
 2005 The Dukes of Hazzard (writer: "Black Betty" - as Huddie Ledbetter)
 2005 Guess Who (writer: "Black Betty" (1935) - as Huddie Ledbetter)
 2005 Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous (writer: "Black Betty" - as Huddie Ledbetter)
 2004 The Aviator (performer: "Howard Hughes" (1940)) / (writer: "Howard Hughes" (1940) - as Huddie Leadbetter)
 2004 White Stripes: Under Blackpool Lights (Video documentary) (writer: "Take a Whiff on Me", "De Ballit of de Boll Weevil" - as Huddie Ledbetter)
 2004 Tell Them Who You Are (Documentary) (lyrics: "Goodnight Irene" - as Huddie Ledbetter) / (music: "Goodnight Irene" - as Huddie Ledbetter)
 2004 As It Is in Heaven (writer: "Cotton Fields" - as Hoddie Ledbetter)
 2004 Without a Paddle (as Huddie Ledbetter, "Black Betty")
 2003 Beach Boys Good Timin' (Video) (writer: "Cotton Fields" - as Ledbetter)
  The Blues (TV Series documentary) (writer - 2 episodes, 2003) (performer - 1 episode, 2003)
- Red, White and Blues (2003) ... (as Lead Belly, "Pick A Bale O' Cotton") / (writer: "Pick A Bale O' Cotton" - as Huddy Ledbetter)
- Feel Like Going Home (2003) ... (performer: "Goodnight Irene", "C.C. Rider") / (writer: "Goodnight Irene", "C.C. Rider" - as Huddie Ledbetter)
 2002 American Soundtrack: This Land Is Your Land (TV Movie) (writer: "Cotton Fields")
 2002 Kung Pow: Enter the Fist (writer: "Black Betty" - as Huddie Ledbetter)
 2001 Blow (writer: "Black Betty" - as Huddie Ledbetter)
 2000 Lost Killers (lyrics: "Back to the crossroads" / "Dayton", "Ride on (Fight on)" - as H. Leadbetter) / (music: "Back to the crossroads" / "Dayton", "Ride on (Fight on)" - as H. Leadbetter)
 2000 Scottsboro: An American Tragedy (Documentary) (music: "Scottsboro Boys") / (performer: "Scottsboro Boys")
 1998 Tohuwabohu (TV Series) (music - 1 episode)
- 2x23 (1998) ... (music: "Kisses Sweeter Than Wine" - uncredited)
 1997 La pistola de mi hermano (writer: "Dancing with Tears in My Eyes")
 1997 I Know What You Did Last Summer (performer: "Where Did You Sleep Last Night" - as Lead Belly) / (writer: "Where Did You Sleep Last Night" - as H. Ledbetter)
 1997 Kiss the Girls (as Huddie Ledbetter, "Goodnight Irene")
 1997 Inventing the Abbotts (performer: "Goodnight, Irene") / (writer: "Goodnight, Irene" - as Huddie Ledbetter)
 1996 Squish Story (Documentary) (performer: "Tight Like That") / (writer: "Tight Like That" - as Huddie Ledbetter)
 1995 The Beatles Anthology (TV Mini-Series documentary) (writer: "Rock Island Line" - as Ledbetter)
 1995 Houseguest (writer: "Goodnight Irene" - as Huddie Ledbetter)
 1994 Good Night, Irene ("Goodnight, Irene")
 1993 Bluesland: A Portrait in American Music (Documentary) (performer: "Pick a Bale of Cotton")
 1993 Harlow: The Blonde Bombshell (TV Movie documentary) (performer: "Jean Harlow") / (writer: "Jean Harlow")
 1992 Unplugged (TV Series documentary) (arranger - 1 episode)
- Eric Clapton (1992) ... (arranger: "Alberta")
 1991 Blonde Fist (writer: "Goodnight Irene" - as Leadbetter)
 1991 Screen Two (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Morphine and Dolly Mixtures (1991) ... (writer: "Goodnight Irene" - uncredited)
 1990 The Wonder Years (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Growing Up (1990) ... (writer: "Goodnight, Irene")
 1987 Housekeeping (writer: "Goodnight Irene" - uncredited)
 1987 Made in Heaven (writer: "Goodnight Irene" - as Huddie Ledbetter)
 1986 Älska mej (writer: "Goodnight Irene")
 1983 Twilight Zone: The Movie (writer: "THE MIDNIGHT SPECIAL")
 1982 Knees-Up (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Chas & Dave's Christmas Knees-Up (1982) ... (writer: "Goodnight, Irene")
 1981 Porky's (writer: "Goodnight Irene")
 1979 The Jerk (lyrics: "Pick A Bale Of Cotton" - as Huddie Ledbetter) / (music: "Pick A Bale Of Cotton" - as Huddie Ledbetter)
 1978 Renaldo and Clara (writer: "In the Pines")
 1977 The Muppet Show (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Teresa Brewer (1977) ... (writer: "Cotton Fields")
 1977 Top of the Pops (TV Series) (3 episodes)
- Episode dated 27 October 1977 (1977) ... ("Black Betty")
- Episode dated 13 October 1977 (1977) ... ("Black Betty")
- Episode dated 29 September 1977 (1977) ... ("Black Betty")
 1976 Bound for Glory (music: "Roll On, Columbia" - as Huddie Ledbetter)
 1976 Dolly (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.4 (1976) ... (writer: "Blues Stay Away From My Door")
 1969 Dean Martin Presents the Golddiggers (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #2.3 (1969) ... (writer: "Cotton Fields" - uncredited)
 1968 Randevou me mia agnosti (writer: "Goodnight, Irene")
 1967 Cool Hand Luke (writer: "Cotton Fields")
 1965 Go Go Mania (writer: "Black Girl" - uncredited)
 1965 Hollywood a Go Go (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.6 (1965) ... (writer: "Cottonfields")
  The Dick Van Dyke Show (TV Series) (lyrics - 1 episode, 1964) (music - 1 episode, 1964)
- The Alan Brady Show Goes to Jail (1964) ... (lyrics: "Cotton Fields" - uncredited) / (music: "Cotton Fields" - uncredited)
 1963 The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet (TV Series) (lyrics - 1 episode)
- June Music Festival (1963) ... (lyrics: "Rock Island Line")
 1960 The Tennessee Ernie Ford Show (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Dale Robertson (1960) ... (writer: "Irene, Goodnight" - uncredited)
 1958 All Your Own (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode dated 6 April 1958 (1958) ... (writer: "Cotton Fields")
 1957 The Lux Show (TV Series) (music - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.9 (1957) ... (music: "Kisses Sweeter Than Wine")
 1955 Resa i natten (music: "Goodnight Irene" (1934) - uncredited)
 1954 Name That Tune (TV Series) (1 episode)
- Episode dated 14 October 1954 (1954) ... ("Good Night, Irene")
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Personal Details

Other Works:

CD: "Bourgeous Blues--Golden Classics, Part 1" (VCL) See more »

Alternate Names:

Lead Belly | Harry 'Leadbelly' Leadbetter | Huddie Ledbetter [Leadbelly]
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Trivia:

Inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame in 2008. See more »

Trademark:

Played a twelve-string guitar

Nickname:

The King of the Twelve-String Guitar

Star Sign:

Aquarius

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