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Thread #94326 Message #1825502
Posted By: Bernard
02-Sep-06 - 02:38 PM
Thread Name: Leadbelly or Lead Belly?
Subject: RE: Leadbelly or Lead Belly?
As it would seem to have originated as a play on his 'real' name, Ledbetter, one would be forgiven for assuming Leadbelly to be 'correct'.
Many of the above postings seem to suggest that the man himself used both variants, so neither should be regarded as 'correct', despite what the family (or anyone else) may prefer.
I reckon SRS's advice is the best - as long as you've acknowledged the existence of both variants, you can stick with the one you prefer throughout.