Today is an exciting day for Leadbelly fans, as a previously unheard recording has been released online as a preview of an expansive box set coming out next month. Above, you can listen to the folk singer's song titled "Princess Elizabeth" where he sings about Queen Elizabeth's 1947 wedding to Prince Philip.
Considering the time in which it was recorded, this is a rather clear recording. We hear Leadbelly picking and strumming his twelve-string guitar while recalling the special event. His vocals are strong, and contain a certain element of playfulness while he sings, "Da da de de, da da de dum." Leadbelly was known for writing songs about news events ("The Titanic"), and this take on Queen Elizabeth's wedding day is an interesting look back in time.
The song will be included on a career spanning, five cd compilation titled Leadbelly: The Smithsonian Folkways Collection. The collection will include 108 songs, 16 previously unreleased recordings, rare photos, and a 140-pg book. It will be available on February 24th, and is currently available for pre-order on Amazon (CD, MP3).
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