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Birth name: Woodrow Wilson Guthrie.
Born: July 14, 1912 Okemah, Oklahoma, USA.
Died: October 3, 1967 (aged 55) New York City, New York, USA.
Woodrow Wilson Guthrie was a prolific American folk musician. Woody Guthrie described himself in one of his songs as "The Great Historical Bum", a first hand observer and survivor of the economic and environmental hardships of the great plains states during the great depression. Woody Guthrie's body of music consists of hundreds of songs, ballads and improvised works. The breadth of his song topics ranged from the political and traditional songs to children's songs. Woody Guthrie performed constantly throughout his life. Woody Guthrie is perhaps best known for his song "This Land Is Your Land". Many of his songs are archived in recordings in the Library of Congress and some such as "This Land" are regularly sung in US schools. He occasionally had regular radio shows and was a founding member of The Almanac Singers.
Woody Guthrie traveled across the USA many times and spent much of his time on early trips learning traditional folk and blues songs and creating new American folk songs of working people. His travels frequently followed the movement of migrant workers across the great plains and in California. Woody Guthrie was associated with and regularly performed for, but was never a member of several communist groups in the US throughout his life.
Woody Guthrie fathered eight children from his three wives including folk musician Arlo Guthrie and is the grandfather of musician Sarah Lee Guthrie. He eventually developed and slowly died of the degenerative genetic Huntington's disease his mother also died from. Late in life, despite his illness, Woody Guthrie served as a figurehead in the folk movement providing inspiration to a generation of new folk musicians, including mentor relationships with Bob Dylan and Ramblin' Jack Elliot.