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Wednesday, July 14, 2010

It's Her Birthday Too-Gwen Guthrie

Today, of course is Woody Guthrie's birthday.  To commerate his birthday the 13th Annual WoodyFest begins today in Okemah, OK, go here for more information.
It is also another Guthrie's birthday.
Gwen Guthrie was born on this day in 1950 also in Okemah, OK, however she was raised in Newark, New Jersey.
Some websites have her birthday as July 9, but others like FindAGrave have it as July 14th.
If you are familiar with the disco/dance era of the 1970's and 80's then you have heard of Ms. Guthrie.  She was a R&B singer/songwriter.  Her biggest hits were a remake of The Carpenter's "Close to You" and "Ain't Nothin Goin on but the Rent".  Ms. Guthrie was an elementary school teacher when she got a job singing backup for Aretha Franklin when her of the singers became ill.  She then went on to sing jiggles with her friend Valerie Simpson of Ashford & Simpson. 
Also, an extremely talented songwriter she wrote Roberta Flack's hit song "God Don't Like Ugly" and several songs for Sister Sledge, including their first hit, "Love Don't Go Through No Changes"
Wow, what a powerhouse and she was born in little ole Okemah, Okfuskee County, OK.
Ms. Guthrie died from cancer on February 3, 1999.  I haven't found any information about her family but maybe someone will read this and share their information.
Happy Birthday, Ms. Guthrie!!!
Territory Mom

Other sources: Afroamericansyndicate.com

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