Early Recording

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Leadbelly’s Legacy Volume 3: Early Recordings:

These eight songs are the fruit of Lead Belly’s first visit to New York in 1935, but the record company’s financial downfall prevented all but two— Pigmeat and Black Snake Moan from reaching the market. This album reverses that misfortune of unavailability, and the notes provide vignettes of the bluesman’s experiences.

Pigmeat – Lead belly
Recorded in New York, March 25, 1935

Track List

01. Fort Worth And Dallas Blues

02. Black Snake

03. Roberta, Part 1

04. Roberta, Part 2

05. Driving Song

06. Daddy I’m Coming Back To You

07. See See Rider

08. Pigmeat

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Our True Passion

In 1935 the March of Time newsreel company told the story of John Lomax’s discovery of Lead Belly in the short film above. Although the scripted film will strike modern viewers as dubious in some respects (March of Time founder Henry Luce once described the series as “fakery in allegiance to the truth”), the newsreel is nevertheless a fascinating document of Lead Belly, who was about 50 years old at the time, along with Lomax and Martha Promise, Lead Belly’s wife. At one point Lead Belly sings his classic song, “Goodnight, Irene.”

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Our True Passion

Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.

Don't believe it's pig meat
Kind that you won't regret
Don't believe it's pig meat
Kind that you won't regret
I got something about this pig meat
Sweet mama ain't told you yet