Ella Speed (Bill Martin and Ella Speed) [Laws I6]
DESCRIPTION: 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).
EARLIEST DATE: 1927 (Sandburg)
KEYWORDS: homicide punishment death trial
FOUND IN: US(So)
REFERENCES (5 citations):
Laws I6, "Ella Speed (Bill Martin and Ella Speed)"
Sandburg, pp. 28-29, "Alice B." (1 text, 1 tune)
Lomax-ABFS, pp. 117-118, "Bill Martin and Ella Speed" (1 text, 1 tune)
Cohen-AFS1, pp. 348-349, "Ella Speed" (1 text)
DT 658, ELLASPED*
Huddie Ledbetter [Lead Belly], "Ella Speed" (AFS 120 B5, 1933)
Go to the Ballad Search form
Go to the Ballad Index Song List
Go to the Ballad Index Instructions
Go to the Ballad Index Bibliography or Discography
The Ballad Index Copyright 2017 by Robert B. Waltz and David G. Engle.