Lead Belly and Martha Promise Ledbetter

Huddie Ledbetter (Leadbelly) and Martha Promise Ledbetter, Wilton, Conn.

Lead Belly (Huddie Ledbetter) and wife Martha Promise Ledbetter. February 1935. See more on Lead Belly in this TPM Editor’s Blog post on the life of Pete Seeger.

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  1. That’s a beauty; always liked it.

  2. I just love Lead Belly. His voice is fantastic.

  3. Would never perform or be photographed without a suit…
    (except when he is in the slammer)

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