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Thread #94326 Message #2331536
Posted By: GUEST,George Campbell
02-May-08 - 05:47 PM
Thread Name: Leadbelly or Lead Belly?
Subject: RE: Leadbelly or Lead Belly?
I e-mailed Roger McGuinn (of the Byrds) just after he played Glasgow (Scotland), including a Lead Belly number in his set. He assured me that this was the correct spelling and that he had this from the family.
I agree with others, though, that the nickname was probably used verbally for years before anyone wrote it down. Thus it is just a matter of usage in the same way some refer to the Tsar of Russia and others to the Czar. He also pronounced his first name two different ways.
My preference is for Hewdie on the basis that Ledbetter is a Scottish surname (many Scots were plantation owners) and the name may well have been taken from an owner called Hugh D Ledbetter.
It's just a thought.
PS. If you access the Scottish Daily Mail for 2nd May you'll see how inmates at Angola Prison occupy themselves today.