Queen Latifah plays blues singer Bessie Smith in the HBO movie Bessie. Frank Masi/Courtesy of HBO hide caption

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'That Blew My Mind': Raiding The Lead Belly Vault

From his pop covers to his freewheeling radio show, there was more to the late musician than blues.

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