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Thread #94326 Message #1926845
Posted By: Murray MacLeod
04-Jan-07 - 07:14 PM
Thread Name: Leadbelly or Lead Belly?
Subject: RE: Leadbelly or Lead Belly?
I am as pedantic as the next man as a rule, but , do you really think Huddie gave a flying f*ck as to whether he was known as Lead Belly or Leadbelly ?
It was a nickname, fer chrissakes, it's not like he went to court to establish a new name, or anything.
Chances are he acquired the nickname in prison, and the rest of the prisoners probably didn't submit a petition to the State Legislature to establish a change of name.
Now , speculation as to whether his first name was pronounced HEWDY or HUDDIE, that is interesting, ...