Not Letting Arlo Guthrie’s Birthday Pass Me By!

“Only the words of love kept alive are worthy of not being wasted”-Arlo Guthrie

It seems I was always aware of Arlo Guthrie, even before he burst onto the folk scene, since I followed the life and career of his dad, Woody and Woody’s 2nd marriage to Marjorie Greenblatt Mazia, Arlo’s mom. Marjorie was a former Martha Graham dancer and the daughter of a famous Yiddish poet, Aliza Greenblatt. Knowing that Woody and Marjorie lived in Coney Island, which my family and I frequented, intrigued me. I could imagine Woody and Marjorie, taking Arlo and his sister, Nora, and brother, Joady to the beach or to Nathan’s…just like my family! As Woody increasingly debilitated with Huntington’s Chorea (Huntington’s Disease), it was Marjorie who returned to take care of him.

Arlo Guthrie is 66 today, 6 years my senior. It’s wonderful that he and his children are so close and perform together. I loved buying his albums, seeing the movie, Alice’s Restaurant, and just listening to him talk. I know I’ve seen him in concert, but really don’t remember the year. I’ve also probably enjoyed Arlo at rallies many years ago.

“Arlo Guthrie was born with a guitar in one hand and a harmonica in the other, in Coney Island, Brooklyn, New York in 1947. He is the eldest son of America’s most beloved singer/writer/philosopher Woody Guthrie and Marjorie Mazia Guthrie, a professional dancer with the Martha Graham Company and founder of The Committee to Combat Huntington’s Disease. He grew up surrounded by dancers and musicians: Pete Seeger, Ronnie Gilbert, Fred Hellerman and Lee Hays (The Weavers), Leadbelly, Cisco Houston, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee, all of whom were significant influences on Arlo’s musical career. Guthrie gave his first public performance in 1961 at age 13 and quickly became involved in the music that was shaping the world. Over the next few years, Arlo inherited his father’s friend Pete Seeger and the two toured together, between demonstrations, beginning in the late 60’s. They continued doing over a dozen shows together almost every year for the next 40 years creating a legendary collaboration that continues to this day. The last Pete & Arlo show was in November 2012 at Carnegie Hall in New York City.”

Do yourself a favor and click onto all of the highlighted names in the above article…each person, if you are not familiar with them, is worth knowing about and if you are familiar with them, they’re worth revisiting. Happy 66th Arlo!











9 thoughts on “Not Letting Arlo Guthrie’s Birthday Pass Me By!

  1. Thank you for the reminder. Living on LI for 30 years, I often went to see Arlo and Pete Seeger perform. Fun times listening to their story telling and wonderful music!

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