Who sang "Cotton Fields Back Home"?

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The song "Cotton Fields Back Home" was originally written and sung by the folk-blues musician Huddie Ledbetter, known as Lead Belly, who recorded the song in 1940. Since then, the song has been covered by numerous musicians, including the Beach Boys, Johnny Cash, Creedence Clearwater Revival and Elvis Presley.

Born in 1888 in Louisiana, Lead Belly dropped out of school after the eighth grade and worked the land with his father. According to Biography, he left home at an early age to become a musician. His trademark instrument became the twelve-string guitar. In 1917, he was found guilty of murder and spent seven years in prison before writing a song requesting the governor of Texas to give him a pardon, which was granted. He moved to New York to become a professional musician and later to Los Angeles to record. He died of Lou Gehrig's disease in 1949. In 1988, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Little Richard, the Beatles, Eric Clapton and the Rolling Stones have credited Lead Belly's music as being very important to their own growth as musicians.

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