Woody Guthrie’s Timeless Songs

July 10, 2012

Woody Guthrie would have turned 100 this Saturday and his centennial year is being celebrated worldwide with concerts, panels, theater productions and CD releases. A full listing of Woody Guthrie centennial events can be found at www.woody100.com.

Folk singer Woody Guthrie. (TWP ARCHIVES)

Guthrie never managed to record a good number of the songs he wrote, but many have found a new life in recordings done by others. The list of performers who have sung Guthrie’s songs over the years is impressive but there have also been some unexpected covers over the years. Here are five that we didn’t expect to find (especially Bob Dylan singing “Car, Car.”)

Listen to our Woody Guthrie playlist below (you’ll need a Spotify login, which is free) and share your favorites in the comments.

Joe Heim joined The Post in 1999. He is currently a staff writer for the Metro section's Local Enterprise team. He also writes Just Asking, a weekly Q&A column in the Sunday magazine and is the paper's resident Downton Abbey expert.
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