“Ella Speed (Bill Martin and Ella Speed)”


Ella Speed goes out to "have a li'l fun." Her man, Bill Martin, finds out and shoots her because she has been unfaithful to him. He is sentenced to (hanging/life imprisonment).


  • Huddie Ledbetter [Lead Belly], "Ella Speed" (AFS 120 B5, 1933)


  1. Laws I6, "Ella Speed (Bill Martin and Ella Speed)"
  2. Sandburg, pp. 28-29, "Alice B." (1 text, 1 tune)
  3. Lomax-ABFS, pp. 117-118, "Bill Martin and Ella Speed" (1 text, 1 tune)
  4. DT 658, ELLASPED*
  5. Roud #4175
  6. BI, LI06


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1927 (Sandburg)
Found in: US(So)