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Leadbelly's birthday (20 January 1889)

19 Jan 07 - 03:26 PM (#1941854)
Subject: Leadbelly's birthday
From: The Shambles

Huddie "Leadbelly" Ledbetter was born this day (20 January)in 1889.


19 Jan 07 - 06:18 PM (#1942006)
Subject: RE: Leadbelly's birthday (20 January 1889)
From: Leadbelly

Are you really sure about Leadbelly's date of birth? Obviously, there seems to be no consensus in respect to other sources like...
Blues roots.de : 21.1.1885
Wikipedia (statistics on 1889): 29.1.1889
Wikipedia (article): 23.1.1888
"The Leadbelly Web": 29.1.1885
The Handbook of Texas online: 21.1.1888
aso.

Who is right?

Leadbelly (but this is co-incidence, sorry)


19 Jan 07 - 07:33 PM (#1942071)
Subject: RE: Leadbelly's birthday (20 January 1889)
From: The Shambles

I always use the same site - so if I give a wrong birthdate date - they are consistently wrong.

We can be sure that Leadbelly was born - and that is worth celebrating.

But Wolfgang should soon post to tell us what is the correct date.


20 Jan 07 - 07:11 AM (#1942349)
Subject: RE: Leadbelly's birthday (20 January 1889)
From: Leadbelly

I did not want to criticize your contribution. It seems quite natural not to know about the exact date of birth: thinking of documentation in those days concerning negroes. And even Leadbelly was not quite sure...

Manfred from Germany


20 Jan 07 - 07:14 AM (#1942350)
Subject: RE: Leadbelly's birthday (20 January 1889)
From: Alec

Perhaps he was just very partial to Birthday Cake?
Joking apart regardless of when he was born I'm pleased that he was
so now would seem as good a time as any to wish him a happy birthday.


21 Jan 07 - 03:15 AM (#1943045)
Subject: RE: Leadbelly's birthday (20 January 1889)
From: Roger the Skiffler

..and should it be Birth Day? *BG*
According the Wolfe & Lornell's biog " Leadbelly claimed his birthday was January 15th" 1888 (confirmed by entry listed in 1910 census)
RtS


21 Jan 07 - 02:36 PM (#1943455)
Subject: RE: Leadbelly's birthday (20 January 1889)
From: fat B****rd

Whenever. He's the main man.IMNSHO.


22 Jan 07 - 09:21 AM (#1944217)
Subject: RE: Leadbelly's birthday (20 January 1889)
From: Roger the Skiffler

...but a couple of my blues reference books quote the date Shambles gives.
Like Charlie says, whatever the mystery, he's the man.

RtS


20 Jan 14 - 05:24 PM (#3593979)
Subject: RE: Leadbelly's birthday (20 January 1889)
From: GUEST,Terika

Today is Lead Belly's 125th Birthday. Let's celebrate.
Www.leadbelly.com