To native Oklahomans, Woody Guthrie was always a controversial figure. He was often dismissed as a Communist and troublemaking troubadour. But, agree with his politics or not, his contribution to the country cannot be diminished.
He is, of course, best known for his most famous song, "This Land Is Your Land." But his catalog of songs contains many more well-known and lesser-known songs. For instance, he also wrote "Oklahoma Hills," made popular by another Oklahoman, Hank Thompson. And who hasn't at one time or another hummed or sang "So Long, It's Been Good to Know You"?
Guthrie died at age 55 on this day in 1967 of Huntington's disease.
Take a look back at his life and legacy here.