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Lead Belly Pick a Bale of Cotton Huddie Ledbetter aka Lead Belly spent a good many years in prison and also known as a man who literally sang his way out of it. Lead Belly has had a lot of his music covered by such notables as, The Grateful Dead, Johnny Cash, Rod Stewart, The Doors and many, many more artist. But one of his songs, Gallis Pole was covered by none other than Led Zeppelin and renamed it, "Gallows Pole" Lead Belly most noted for playing the 12 string. This song, Pick a Bale of Cotton, was also covered by ABBA. Also this video has had color added to it for better visual.
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Added: 15th November 2008
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Page and Plant cover Lead Belly Gallows pole The original source for Led Zeppelin's "Gallows Pole" was Leadbelly's "Gallis Pole." "Gallows Pole" on Led Zeppelin III is listed as "Traditional." On some of Leadbelly's recordings, however, songwriting credit is given to Leadbelly and John and Alan Lomax. Alan Lomax, along with his father John, were instrumental in popularizing a wide range of American folk music. Beginning in the 1930s, Alan Lomax produced a great volume of field recordings of folk musicians, focusing in particular on the American South. John and Alan Lomax first recorded Leadbelly while he was in prison and they brought him to national attention. Leadbelly was a master of many styles of music, wrote many songs and adapted many tunes that he had heard over the years. Jimmy Page said that he had heard a version of this song by an obscure folk artist named Fred Gerlach. Where Leadbelly and Fred Gerlach had each played "Gallis Pole" in a 12-string guitar, Led Zeppelin's recording features John Paul Jones on Mandolin and Jimmy Page on Banjo. Credit where credit is due... all info here is from turnmeondeadman.net and the vid is from the Page Plant No Quarter concert
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Added: 16th November 2008
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