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Larry Penn (d. 2014) was an American folksinger and songwriter.


"Larry Penn, who wrote wonderful songs such as 'I’m a Little Cookie,' passed away on October 7 at his home in Milwaukee. He was 87.... Larry's songs were true folk songs—they were about the joys, struggles and history of the people he sang to. You won't find any real personal songs about Larry in his canon, he did not write about himself, choosing to focus on the stories of the people and issues in the world around him. He drew inspiration from his children, and Larry would perform for audiences both young and old. Larry picked up the guitar during the later days of the folk revival, inspired by music he had heard from LP's by folks like Lead Belly. Eventually he found himself on stages, and he would often work a full shift driving a truck and then perform in the evening. In 1976, Joe Glazer invited Larry to sing at the George Meaney Center for Labor Studies in Silver Spring, Maryland and also recorded Larry’s first album called Working for a Living, released on Glazer's own label, Collector Records. After retiring as a trucker when he was 58, Larry became a full time musician, writing songs and performing at festivals, schools, museums and the annual Hobo Convention in Bitt, Iowa. He became a member of the Rose Tattoo, a loosely organized fraternity of traveling musicians who honored the legacy of the hoboes and tramps they often sang about in their songs. The spiritual leader of the group was Bruce 'Utah' Phillips, and you can say that Utah and Larry were cut from the same cloth."

—Ron Olesko, "Remembering Larry Penn," Sing Out! (15 October 2014)


So Long, Partner


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