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Thread #36240   Message #1353674
Posted By: GUEST
10-Dec-04 - 10:02 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Fannin Street (Leadbelly)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Leadbelly's Fanin Street
Lead Belly went to Shreveport, LA , in his father's wagon, his father taking produce to sell in the city. Apparently his father made Huddie lie down in the wagon while he was passing the houses of ill-repute that flourished on Fannin Street in the early 1900s.
Tom Hughes was the Sheriff of Caddo Parish (Shreveport is the main town) from 1916 to 1940, thus was related to a later stage of Huddie's life.
Huddie learned to play guitar from his uncles, Bob & Terrel. He spent most of his life, before being incarcerated in the Texas Penitentiary in 1917, in the country between Mooringsport, LA and Marshall, TX.
When the Lomaxes found him, he was serving a term (in Angola, LA) for assaultng a white man, not murder. He was paroled without the aid of the Lomaxes.