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The Almanac Singers (1941-1943) was a group of singers and songwriters created by Woody Guthrie, Lee Hays, Millard Lampell, and Pete Seeger.


"The Almanac Singers [was] a dynamic loose-knit New York-based group formed in 1941 by Pete Seeger, Lee Hays, Peter Hawes and Millard Lampell.... [T]he group's success was limited by its members' refusal to compromise their ideals and biting topical lyrics for fame and fortune. During its turbulent eighteen-month existence, the Almanacs' popularity was limited to a devoted following within the American left. Various members moved in and out of the group, most notably Woody Guthrie, Agnes 'Sis' Cunningham, Bess Lomax and Arthur Stern. By 1942, 'Almanac' even became a concept. Guthrie wrote about performing 'Almanac music'. An Almanac Players theatrical troupe was formed: a satellite Almanac Singers was launched in Detroit. Although 'Almanac' failed to become a catch phrase, the group's legacy has endured...."

—Dave Samuelson, Songs for Political Action:

Folk Music, Topical Songs and the American Left, 1926-1953


Get Thee Behind Me, Satan
Talking Union
Union Train


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