New York City (JFK+50) Forty-seven years ago today, October 3, 1967, Woody Guthrie, the godfather of the folk revival movement of the 1950s, died in the Creedmore Psychiatric Center here in New York City at the age of 55.
Singer-songwriter Bob Dylan called Woody "the true voice of the American spirit."
Woody Guthrie began writing music after traveling to California with Dust Bowl refugees during the 1930s and recorded an album entitled "Dust Bowl Ballads."
His most famous song, "This Land Is Your Land," became very popular during the folk music rebirth of the early 1960s. He wrote the song because he was tired of hearing "God Bless America." Guthrie wrote it in 1940 and it was recorded in 1944.
Guthrie was diagnosed with the same disease that had killed his mother, Huntington's chorea, a genetic disorder and he spent 12 years in a psychiatric hospital.
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Living and working in New York City, he became known as "the Oklahoma cowboy." He wrote thousands of pages of poems and prose. During WWII, he served in the Merchant Marine.
He once said, "I am out to sing the songs that make you take pride in yourself and in your work."