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Usually credited to Huddie Ledbetter, although he was not the first one to record it. The origin and meaning of the song are not clear: "Black Betty" might be a musket, a girl, a whip or a convict train.
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Title Performer Release date Info
2000 First recording in December 1933
Released more than 10 years after its recording
1939 First release
Medley
1958
1964
May 6, 1968
1969
1975
October 1977
1977 Definitive version
June 1986 Medley
1986
1987
October 1989 Medley
1991
1992
1994
Black Betty Rumbled 1995 Unverified
Black Betty (Bam - Ma - Lam) Power Slam May 30, 1997 Unverified
1997
1999
1999
October 22, 2002
November 4, 2002
March 2004
October 2006
October 23, 2007
2007
April 1, 2008
April 25, 2008 A cappella
June 2008
2009
Black Betty The John Henry Orchestra 2009 Unverified
September 14, 2010
December 2, 2011 Released more than 10 years after its recording
2011
2011
2011
November 2, 2012
Black Betty Dinosaur 2012 Unverified
April 26, 2013
October 4, 2013
October 2013
May 6, 2014
October 14, 2014
2015
April 15, 2016
June 10, 2016
February 6, 2017
Black Betty Caravan Palace May 26, 2017 Unverified
September 29, 2017
August 10, 2018
November 22, 2018
February 22, 2019
Black Betty De Grungblavers 2019 Unverified
Black Betty Hangarvain 2019 Unverified
April 10, 2020 Released more than 10 years after its recording
June 16, 2021