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Full Name: Arlo Davy Guthrie
Born: July 10, 1947 in Coney Island, New York

Arlo Guthrie is an American folk singer, just like his late father, Woody Guthrie. Washington State’s official folk song was written by Woody, while Arlo wrote “Massachusetts,” which was named the official folk song of the state where he has lived most of his adult life.

Like his father, Arlo Guthrie is also known for singing songs of protest against social injustice. His best known work is “Alice’s Restaurant,” a very long, rambling talking blues song that lampoons the Vietnam War draft, though Guthrie has stated that it’s more of an “anti-stupidity” song than an anti-war song. The song, which is said to be based on a true incident, is traditionally played on Thanksgiving Day.