Woody Guthrie, singer
birth name: Woodrow Wilson Guthrie

Woody Guthrie

July 14, 1912, Okemah, OK ~ October 3, 1967, Queens, NY

“Woodrow Wilson Guthrie was a short, wiry guy with a mop of curly hair under a cowboy hat, as I first saw him. He'd stand with his guitar slung on his back, spinning out stories like Will Rogers, with a faint, wry grin. Then he'd hitch his guitar around and sing the longest long outlaw ballad you ever heard, or some Rabelaisian fantasy he'd concocted the day before and might never sing again,” Pete Seeger described Woody Guthrie in his 1967 eulogy in Life magazine. Guthrie, Seeger claimed, wrote more than 1,000 songs. Many of them, like ‘This Land is Your Land,’ ‘So Long, It's Been Good to Know You,’ and ‘This Train Is Bound for Glory,’ have become American folk song standards. Many were written only for the moment to enliven a union hall rally or to entertain the hobos and dust bowl refugees he traveled with. Most were never intended for publication or the recording studio. He was also an avid collector of American folk songs, and many of his own songs consisted of original lyrics written to traditional melodies. This prolific writer and itinerant troubadour became a legend in his own time and helped usher in the folk music revival of the 1950s and 1960s. ~ Musicianguide: Woody Guthrie ~ retrieved April 20, 2014 © Musicianguide

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Woody Guthrie ~ Awarded a 2000 Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.

Woody Guthrie ~ This Land Is Your Land ~ Ranked #3 RIAA Top 365 Songs Of The Century in 2001.

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