November 16 — GRAND COULEE DAM, Woody Guthrie (1941)

img_1333Today is Statehood Day in Oklahoma, the state’s 109th birthday, and a client — one who knows a lot about hydropower, as it turns out — happened to mention this song. Guthrie was commissioned to write music for a documentary on the Grand Coulee Dam by the Bonneville Power Administration in the state of Washington in 1941. The film never materialized but the song did, some 15 years later on Folkway Records.



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