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Latest update on 03/06/2010

Artist: Almanac Singers
Author: Woody Guthrie
Label: Almanac
Year: 1941

Agit-prop group with Lee Hays, Pete Seeger and Woody Guthrie, pre Weavers. Heavily blacklisted by Senator McCarthy's un-American activities witch hunt. Written in 1940 at the seat of the Communist Party in Oklahoma City. Guthrie & Seeger sang there for striking petrol laborers and this song was meant to support their wives on the side.

Covers:

1946:

Woody Guthrie [in Town Hall, New York City during a union rally; Moses Asch recording; the only version by the author]

1955:

Pete Seeger

1972:

Judy Collins & Pete Seeger [on A Tribute To Woody Guthrie]

1973:

Strawbs [in Part Of The Union]

1974:

Strangers [as Vivan De Vakbond, following The Strawbs]

1977:

New Harmony Sisterhood Band

2006:

Old Crow Medicine Show

Uses the melody of Red Wing. See there.

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