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American Music Series: Folk Singers

The Postal Service issued four 32-cent Folk Musicians commemorative stamps on June 26, 1998, in Washington, DC.

The stamps salute the memorable talents of Huddie "Leadbelly" Ledbetter, who sang the sentimental song, "Goodnight Irene"; Woody Guthrie, famous for "This Land is Your Land"; Sonny Terry, known for his rendition of the "Fox Chase," a traditional pre-blues piece; and exceptional guitarist Josh White, whose haunting lament, "Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out" reflected the varied influences in his life. These four artists composed, played, and sang songs that reflect the heart and soul of America.

Designed by Howard Paine of Delaplane, Virginia, and illustrated by Bernie Fuchs of Westport, Connecticut, the stamps were printed by Sennett Security Products in the gravure process and issued in water-activated panes of twenty.

Reference:

Postal Bulletin (June 4, 1998).


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