"He said he first heard Rock Island Line and all those Leadbelly
songs performed by Lonnie Donegan before he heard the originals by Leadbelly
This sounds too weird to be true, but a pal claims that he saw a documentary about Leadbelly
, the great bluesman and that ABBA once recorded one of his tracks!
At least, speaking for myself, I've lived with that sense of shrinking ground--a constant fading of something that was a shining beacon long before, just before, or possibly at the very beginning of my own experience of it--for so long that it's like an old friend I greet the way Leadbelly
once saluted his own metier: Good morning, blues; blues, how do you do?
's Black Betty may be best known to many in the form of Ram Jam's explosive 70s cover, but Larkin Poe pulled it apart and reassembled it to devastating effect with Rebecca's forceful yet beautiful voice recreating the wizened old classic in their own image.
But his love for visual art was always balanced with his passion for music, fired when as a young boy he first heard the singer Leadbelly
deliver "Good Night, Irene" on the radio.
That led to his first published book, co-authored with folksinger Pete Seeger in 1965: The Twelve-String Guitar as Played by Leadbelly
Through his close friendship with Blues Box owner Tabby Thomas and his son Chris, Piper collected stories of blues luminaries including Silas Hogan, Robert Pete Williams, Huddie "Leadbelly
" Ledbetter, Lonesome Sundown, Chris Thomas King, Lightening Slim, and many more.
ARoll With The Punches, Van's 37th studio album, sees the Belfast native reconnecting with the music he grew up with, Leadbelly
, Lightnin' Hopkins, Little Walter and Bo Diddley.
He listened to Leadbelly
, Lightnin' Hopkins, Little Walter and Bo Diddley and it is those musical giants that Van Morrison now reconnects with on Roll With The Punches.
She is the inheritor of Leadbelly
, Nina Simone, Bonnie Raitt and Roberta Flack.
The rapt audience rolled with the change of pace from the Leadbelly
classic, In The Pines, through the magically hypnotic rhythm of Ride Bo Diddley and then into Randy Newman's Mama Told Me Not To Come, followed by a heartfelt tribute to David Bowie with Space Oddity (which segued into his Vietnam-era anti-war song, Sky Pilot).
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