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"This Land Is Your Land" is one of the United States' most famous folk songs. Its lyrics were written by Woody Guthrie in 1940, and recorded in 1944, based on an existing melody, in response to Irving Berlin's "God Bless America", which Guthrie considered unrealistic and complacent. Tired of hearing Kate Smith sing it on the radio, he wrote a response originally called "God Blessed America for Me".
Guthrie varied the lyrics over time, sometimes including more overtly political verses in line with his sympathetic views of communism, than appear in recordings or publications. For a time, his communist sympathies led to the blanket ban of all his work on US radio.
In 2002, it was one of 50 recordings chosen that year by the Library of Congress to be added to the National Recording Registry.
John Lennon's 'Imagine' hit the number one spot on the UK charts almost ten years after it's initial 1971 release. The record he signed for Mark David Chapman a few hours before he was shot is arguably the most valuable record collectors' vinyl in existence.
Donald Malcom Campbell. Was a British speed record breaker who broke eight world speed records in the 1950s and 1960s. He remains the only person to set both world land and water speed records in the same year (1964). On 4 January 1967, Campbell was killed when Bluebird K7 flipped and disintegrated at a speed in excess of 300 mph, This song by Marillion inspired the recovery in 2000-2001 of Bluebird's wreckage and Campbell remains.
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