Here's a cool photo of Huddie "Lead Belly" Ledbetter. And a couple songs. And a link to thirty something more songs. And, if you're a complete ignoramus, a link to the Wikipedia thing. The first of these songs "In New Orleans" was later renamed "The House of the Rising Sun" and was a hit for the Animals. The second song "The Gallis Pole" was lifted by Led Zepp.
~ NOTE: ALL MEDIA IS HOSTED BY THE BLOGS & SITES NAMED BELOW ~Listen:
Lead Belly - In New Orleans mp3 at Internet Archive
Lead Belly - The Gallis Pole mp3 at Internet Archive
Lead Belly - The Collection at Internet Archive 38 Songs
Lead Belly at Wikipedia
High resolution version of above photo