Arlo Guthrie

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Is it possible to be a one-hit wonder three times? The question is provoked by the recording career of Arlo Guthrie, which is best remembered for three songs in three different contexts. There is "The City of New Orleans," Guthrie's only Top 40 hit, which earns him an entry in Wayne Jancik's The Billboard Book of One-Hit Wonders.

There is also "Coming into Los Angeles," which Guthrie sang at the legendary Woodstock music festival, and which featured prominently in both the Woodstock movie and multi-platinum soundtrack album. And there is "Alice's Restaurant Massacree," the comic-monologue-in-song that gave him his initial fame and took up the first side of his debut LP, the million-selling Alice's Restaurant. Whether these successful tracks make him a one-, two-, or three-hit wonder, they were arguably both flukes in a performing career that was still going strong a full 40 years after Guthrie first gained national recognition and facilitators of that career. With their help, he spent 15 years signed to a major record label, charting 11 LPs, after which he was able to set up his own label and go on issuing albums. More significant, he maintained a steady following as a live performer, touring worldwide year after year to play before audiences delighted by his humorous persona and his musical mixture of folk, rock, country, blues, and gospel styles in songs almost equally divided between his own originals and well-chosen cover tunes.
Woodstock: Three Days of Peace & Music -25fth Anniversary Collection

Woodstock: Three Days of Peace & Music -25fth Anniversary Collection

1969 - 4xCD box - Live)

Walkin' Down The Line

Washington County

Washington County

1970

Percy's Song

The Last Of The Brooklyn Cowboys

The Last Of The Brooklyn Cowboys

1973

Gates Of Eden

Hobo's Lullaby

Hobo's Lullaby

1972

When The Ship Comes In

Celebration: Philadelphia Folk Festival - 40th Festival

Celebration: Philadelphia Folk Festival - 40th Festival

8/2001

When The Ship Comes In

Arlo Guthrie & Pete Seeger - More Together Again, Vol. 1

Arlo Guthrie & Pete Seeger - More Together Again, Vol. 1

1994 Live

When The Ship Comes In

Holly Near - Arlo Guthrie - Ronnie Gilbert - Pete Seeger: HARP

Holly Near - Arlo Guthrie - Ronnie Gilbert - Pete Seeger: HARP

1984 LP - "A Time To Sing!" CD reissue shown

Mr. Tambourine Man

Pete Seeger & Arlo Guthrie Together In Concert

Pete Seeger & Arlo Guthrie Together In Concert

1975 - Live
Arlo performs these songs solo (or with the audience)

Don't Think Twice, It's All Right
Walkin' Down The Line

Live In Sydney

Live In Sydney

2005

When The Ship Comes In

 
 
 
 

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