Arlo Guthrie

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Arlo Guthrie (2005)
Arlo Guthrie with the Thuringian Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Oliver Weder at TFF.Rudolstadt , 2010

Arlo Guthrie (* 10. July 1947 in Coney Iceland , Brooklyn , New York ) is an American folk - musician .


The composer, singer and guitarist is the son of folk legend Woody Guthrie (1912–1967) and the dancer Marjorie Mazia Guthrie (1917–1983). His sister is the record producer Nora Guthrie. The parents of the two were Protestant (father) and Jewish (mother). Arlo initially grew up Jewish (one of his religious teachers was Rabbi Meir Kahane ), converted to Catholicism in 1977 and later professed an interfaith faith.

Arlo Guthrie graduated from Woodward School in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn, the first eight grades and in 1965 attended the Stockbridge School in Massachusetts. He was also briefly enrolled at Rocky Mountain College in Billings, Montana. He received an honorary doctorate from Siena College in 1981 and the same honor from Westfield State College in Massachusetts in 2008.

Arlo Guthrie made his first appearance at the age of 13 and continued the musical tradition of his father. In addition to his father, Pete Seeger was one of his teachers. His musical development also influenced Leadbelly , Cisco Houston , Ramblin 'Jack Elliott , Sonny Terry and the Weavers , who were known to the family.

Arlo Guthrie has four children, including daughter Sarah Lee and son Abe , with whom he toured with Gordon Titcomb . His wife Jackie, with whom he was married for 43 years, died of cancer on October 14, 2012 at the age of 68.

On the 40th anniversary of the Woodstock Concert in 1969, Arlo Guthrie gave the New York Times an interview in which, among other things, he revealed that he had become a member of the Republican Party years ago .

Musical career

Guthrie's career began in 1967 at the Newport Folk Festival with the 18-minute Alice's Restaurant Massacree . The bureaucratic and military-critical story, presented in chant , is about Arlo's visit to the hippie couple Alice and Ray, his conviction for illegal garbage disposal and the exemption from military service as a result. Since the trigger for the decommissioning occurred on Thanksgiving Day , the extra-long piece is still played on this day by radio stations in the USA. In 1969 the song by Arthur Penn was filmed with Arlo in the lead role as Alice's Restaurant .

By the age of 20 Guthrie toured overseas and in 1969 he performed at the Woodstock Festival . There he performed his version of Amazing Grace and Bob Dylan's Walking Down the Line . With the exclamation “The New York State Thruway is closed, man!” After Coming into Los Angeles , he caused cheers in the audience; due to the large crowd, there was a traffic chaos on an important interstate highway . Around 1972 Guthrie introduced Steve Goodman's City of New Orleans , included on the LP Hobo's Lullaby , in Germany. Even 40 years later, the song with the line Good Morning America is regularly played overseas / in Europe.

In 1991 Arlo Guthrie bought Trinity Church, known from the film Alice's Restaurant, and set up an intercultural and interfaith Guthrie Center in it . In 1992 he was nominated for a Grammy Award for the album Woody's 20 Grow Big Songs , which he had recorded with his sister Nora, the director of the Woody Guthrie Archives, and his brother Joady . Another Grammy nomination for Best Children's Music Album in 1997 was This Land Is Your Land . Guthrie has mastered a variety of instruments, has appeared as an actor and has authored an award-winning children's book Mooses Come Walking . Even now the folk singer is on tour almost every year. In Germany, Arlo Guthrie toured several times with Hans-Eckardt Wenzel , with whom he also recorded a CD together in 2010 ( Every 100 Years live on the Wartburg). In 2011 he also performed songs on a summer evening with Hans-Eckardt Wenzel .

Arlo Guthrie plays preferably Western guitars of the company Gibson , the his honor Arlo Guthrie LG - signature guitar brought out.



year title Top ranking, total weeks, awardChart placementsChart placements
(Year, title, rankings, weeks, awards, notes)
1967 Alice's restaurant - US17th

(99 weeks)US
Producer: Fred Hellerman
1968 Arlo - US100 (12 weeks)
Recorded live at Bitter End Cafe, New York
Producer: Fred Hellerman
1969 Alice's Restaurant (Soundtrack) UK44 (1 week)

(17 weeks)US
contains three non-Guthrie songs
1969 Running down the road - US54 (19 weeks)
Producers: Lenny Waronker, Van Dyke Parks
1970 Washington County - US33 (17 weeks)
Producers: John Pilla, Lenny Waronker
Co-Producer: Van Dyke Parks (Track 5)
1972 Hobo's Lullaby - US52 (38 weeks)
Producers: John Pilla, Lenny Waronker
1973 Last of the Brooklyn Cowboys - US87 (14 weeks)
Producers: John Pilla, Lenny Waronker
1974 Arlo Guthrie - US165 (10 weeks)
Recording: Warner Bros. Recording Studios,
North Hollywood
Producers: John Pilla, Lenny Waronker
1975 Together in Concert - US181 (4 weeks)
1976 Amigo - US133 (6 weeks)
Guest singer: Linda Ronstadt
Producer: John Pilla
1981 Power of Love - US184 (3 weeks)
Producer: John Pilla

More albums

  • 1978: One Night (with Shenandoah)
  • 1979: Outlasting the Blues (with Shenandoah)
  • 1982: Precious Friend
  • 1982: Midnight Special - A Tribute To Leadbelly (with Pete Seeger , Sonny Terry , Brownie McGhee and Lunenberg Travelers) (2 CDs)
  • 1985: Harp (with Holly Near , Ronnie Gilbert, Pete Seeger and Jeff Langley)
  • 1986: Hard Travelin '
  • 1986: Someday
  • 1990: Baby's Storytime
  • 1991: A Recollection of Songs from All Over the World
  • 1992: Son of the Wind
  • 1992: Woody's 20 Grow Big Songs (with Woody Guthrie and Guthrie Family)
  • 1994: More Together Again (In Concert) - Volume One (with Pete Seeger )
  • 1994: More Together Again (In Concert) - Volume Two (with Pete Seeger )
  • 1996: Alice's Restaurant (The Massacree Revisited) (Live album, recorded at The Church in Housatonic, Massachusetts)
  • 1996: Mystic Journey
  • 1997: This Land Is Your Land: An All American Children's Folk Classic (with Woody Guthrie)
  • 2001: Bouncing Around the Room on Sharin 'in the Groove
  • 2002: BanjoMan - A Tribute to Derroll Adams
  • 2005: Arlo Guthrie - Live in Sydney
  • 2005: This Land Is Your Land
  • 2006: Together (with Hans-Eckardt Wenzel , limited special CD, only at the concerts of the 2006 tour of Germany)
  • 2007: In Times Like These (with The University of Kentucky Symphony Orchestra conducted by John Nardolillo)
  • 2008: 32 ¢ / Postage Due
  • 2009: Tales of '69
  • 2011: Live at Jazz Fest 2011
  • 2014: Here Come the Kids (2 CDs)


  • 1971: The Very Best of Arlo Guthrie
  • 1972: Star Collection
  • 1974: 25th Anniversary Collection
  • 1977: The Best of Arlo Guthrie (US:goldgold)
  • 1991: All Over the World
  • 2000: Outlasting the Blues / Power of Love
  • 2006: Anthology
  • 2010: Every 100 Years: Live at the Wartburg
  • 2010: Live recording of the special concert at TFF.Rudolstadt 2010 (with the Thuringian Symphony Orchestra Saalfeld-Rudolstadt , second CD of the festival sampler)
  • 2013: Rehashed 4:20 sampler


year Title
Top ranking, total weeks, awardChart placementsChart placements
(Year, title, album , rankings, weeks, awards, notes)
1969 Alice's Rock & Roll Restaurant
Alice’s Restaurant
- US97 (2 weeks)
Author: Arlo Guthrie
1972 The City of New Orleans
Hobo’s Lullaby
- US18 (16 weeks)
Author and Original: Steve Goodman , 1971

More singles

  • 1967: The Motorcycle Song
  • 1970: Valley to Pray
  • 1971: Ballad of Tricky Fred
  • 1972: Ukulele Lady
  • 1973: Gypsy Davy
  • 1973: Lovesick Blues
  • 1974: Presidential Rag
  • 1976: Patriots' Dream
  • 1976: Guabi, Guabi
  • 1977: Massachusetts
  • 1979: Prologue (with Shenandoah)
  • 1981: If I Could Only Touch Your Life
  • 1981: Oklahoma Nights
  • 1981: Slow Boat
  • 1988: Russian Girls


  1. ( Memento of 4 July 2007 at the Internet Archive ), accessed on 31 October 2007
  2. Folk singer Arlo Guthrie says his wife, Jackie, has died of cancer after 43 years of marriage , accessed on October 19, 2012 (English)
  3. Deborah Solomon: Just Folk . In: The New York Times . July 21, 2009, ISSN  0362-4331 ( [accessed July 9, 2020]).
  4. Alice had previously been a librarian at the Stockbridge School , where Arlo Guthrie attended .
  5. report and interview, accessed on October 28, 2007
  6. , accessed on 28 October 2007
  7. , Biography , accessed 29 October 2007
  8. ^ The Arlo Guthrie LG signature on ( memento of April 18, 2012 in the Internet Archive ), accessed on May 11, 2012
  9. a b Chart sources: Singles Albums US
  10. ^ The Billboard Albums by Joel Whitburn , 6th Edition, Record Research 2006, ISBN 0-89820-166-7 .
  11. a b c gold / platinum database US
  12. Title list on the festival website  ( page no longer available , search in web archivesInfo: The link was automatically marked as defective. Please check the link according to the instructions and then remove this notice.@1@ 2Template: Toter Link /  

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