Ebay: Leadbelly Negro Sinful Songs1939 5 Records 78 RPM

For Sale on Ebay: Leadbelly Negro Sinful Songs1939 5 Records 78 RPM

Negro Sinful Songs, sung by Lead Belly, Accompanying himself on the Twelve-String Guitar  78 RPM 

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This came from my father in laws personal collection. He had a story he used to tell my husband about meeting Lead Belly. My late father in law was a penniless engineering student at Columbia University in New York during the Great Depression. He was 28 years old in 1939 when this recording was released. He supported himself in part by playing trumpet in dance club orchestras. His interest in music led him to study acoustics and sound engineering, and shortly before the War, he was working in a studio where Lead Belly was doing some recordings.

At some point between takes, Dad and Lead Belly crossed paths in a hallway and spoke at length.  Dad wasn’t actually involved in Lead Belly’s recording, but he was in the building at the same time. Dad said that he’d heard Lead Belly was arrested not long afterwards. That would put the date around 1939, which is when this recording was released.

 

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Uncle Magnifico Presto

I bought this gorgeous gentleman this afternoon when I was out running errands.  It is an antique oil painting that has seen better days. The damage isn’t quite so obvious when you look at it from a few feet away and without a light directly on it. Up close you can see the cracks and missing paint.
I decided that he looks like he could have been a Vaudeville magician, or if not an actual magician, a man who would know/enjoy parlor tricks and could keep secrets.
I can’t tell if he is a widow or was jilted by his true love. Hmmm maybe he has a frail, ailing wife who has consumption which gives him the hint of sadness he seems to have. We have named him Uncle Magnifico Presto, and he sort of makes me want a wall of portraits where each person is facing the same way.
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