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Lead Belly

1900

Lead Belly was born in Mooringsport, LA.

1930

Folklorist John Lomax, who is traveling the South recording and collecting blues, records Lead Belly.

1932

The Lomaxes record Lead Belly.

1949

Lead Belly performs his last concert.

1949

Lead Belly dies in New York, NY.

1950

The Weavers score a double-sided hit with “Tzena, Tzena, Tzena” (#2) b/w Lead Belly’s “Goodnight Irene” (#1 for 13 weeks)

1988

Lead Belly is inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

2004

Lead Belly is honored at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum’s American Music Masters series.