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Singer Arlo Guthrie Announces Retirement

Arlo Guthrie and Alan Chartock.
Arlo Guthrie and WAMC's Alan Chartock (file photo)

Folk singer Arlo Guthrie is retiring from touring and stage shows.

The 73-year-old Berkshire County resident announced his decision on Facebook Friday, in a statement detailing past health issues.

Guthrie, known for his rambling 1967 hit “Alice’s Restaurant Massacree,” says he suffered strokes in 2016 and 2019, the second impacting his ability to walk.

After reviewing footage of sessions filmed earlier this year, Guthrie says, “I realized that it was not up the standards I expected of myself, let alone the expectations that our friends and fans had come to enjoy.”

Guthrie is the son of late folk singer Woody Guthrie.

Lucas Willard is a reporter and host at WAMC Northeast Public Radio, which he joined in 2011.
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