Monday, March 02, 2015

THE BLUES WHAT AM Pt 3


Leadbelly • The Eagle Rocks • 1944


Huddie Leadbetter, vocal/piano. Los Angeles, 27 October 1944

3 comments:

  1. I had NO idea that he played piano on any of his records!

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    1. This just in from The Kid: "Fun discovery. We always think of Leadbelly as one of the 'kings of the twelve string' but here he is playing piano! (He also did a straight instrumental of this same tune on the same Hollywood session, titled 'Eagle Rock Rag.' And on the same session there is a zitherist accompanying him on the tunes where he plays guitar!) Also, somewhere I have a record by him using a concertina or other squeeze box instrument on a proto-zydeco tune. . . ."

      Thanks, Marie, for weighing in.

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    2. Let me just say it myself, Frank.

      Fun discovery. We always think of Leadbelly as one of the "kings of the twelve string" but here he is playing piano! (He also did a straight instrumental of this same tune on the same Hollywood session, titled "Eagle Rock Rag." And on the same session there is a zitherist accompanying him on the tunes where he plays guitar!) Also, somewhere I have a record by him using a concertina or other squeeze box instrument on a proto-zydeco tune. . . .

      Thanks, Marie, for weighing in. And don't let that Frank Jive character take the words out of my keyboard.

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