New York City Blues
Life in New York
By 1936 Lead Belly found himself playing twice a night at the famous Apollo Theatre during the Harlem Renaissance, being recorded for TIME newsreels, having a bunch of awesome article written about him in the People’s Daily and getting his songs recorded by Columbia Records. At one point Lead Belly sings his classic song, “Goodnight, Irene.”
An excerpt from a 1935 March of Time newsreel.
Lead Belly playing Goodnight Irene.
“He helped introduce New York audiences to the music of the Deep South, to cowboy ballads, labor songs, songs about race and politics”
LEAD BELLY'S LEGAC Y VOLUME 3: EARLY RECORDINGS
These seven 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.
“Lead Belly Wasn’t A Native New Yorker But He Sure Became One In The Late 1930s, 1940s”