Louisiana Legend

Lead Belly’s influence continued well past his death in 1949, persisting into even current artists. Lead Belly’s style played a key role in influencing notable artists like The Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton, Johnny Cash, Frank Sinatra, Jack White, and even the Beatles.  Covers of Lead Belly’s music–including The Weavers’ “Goodnight Irene,” Nirvana’s “Where Did You Sleep Last Night,” The Beach Boys’ “Cottonfields,” and more–likewise rose to as high as #1 on the charts in their respective eras. Keep scrolling for a closer look at some of the countless artists who drew inspiration from the King of the 12-string Guitar