Sings for Children

Sings for Children

by Lead BellyLead Belly


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Fabled bluesman Huddie Ledbetter, known to the world as Leadbelly, began his children's music recording career in 1941 with "Play Parties in Song and Dance." The record had not been available commercially for years, but now it and several other Leadbelly kids' recordings are compiled on this must-own 28-track release. The sound quality is understandably less than pristine, but that does not diminish the power -- or the overarching sweetness -- of Leadbelly's performances. LEADBELLY SINGS FOR CHILDREN is a treasure house of essential American folk music, from Leadbelly's own compositions -- classics like "Cotton Fields," "Rock Island Line," and "Midnight Special" among them -- to traditional rhymes, spirituals, and blues airs. Throughout, the artist explains the songs' origins in kid terms, providing the perfect introduction to America 's only true homegrown musical form, the blues.

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