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Thread #14925   Message #2035255
Posted By: Fred McCormick
25-Apr-07 - 09:15 AM
Thread Name: Leadbelly and the Gallus Pole / Gallows Pole
Subject: RE: Leadbelly and the Gallus Pole
If Leadbelly did get The Gallus Pole from Richard Dyer Bennett, it must have been very soon after the latter arrived in New York.

The earliest recording I have of Leadbelly singing that piece is dated November 1938. It's a Library of Congress record cut in New York under the auspices of Alan Lomax. RDB was also in NY in 1938, but had already spent a good bit of the year in San Francisco.

I'd think it more likely that Leadbelly picked it up somewhere along the way before he got to New York.


"Dave, I read that Huddie Ledbetter learned a number of ballads from Richard Dyer Bennett..........."