“Deportee (Plane Wreck at Los Gatos Canyon)” with Arlo Guthrie and Hoyt Axton


Marker to the 28 Mexico citizens who died in the Los Gatos Canyon crash in 1948. University of Arizona image via Smithsonian Magazine

Marker to the 28 Mexico citizens who died in the Los Gatos Canyon crash in 1948. University of Arizona image via Smithsonian Magazine

Deportations plague much of recent U.S. history. It never works out well for the U.S., on the whole, especially mass deportations.

Hoyt Axton and Arlo Guthrie joined to sing Woody Guthrie’s account of one catastrophic deportation incident.

A more urgent version of the song, by Lance Canales and the Flood, featuring the names of the 28 who died.

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2 Responses to “Deportee (Plane Wreck at Los Gatos Canyon)” with Arlo Guthrie and Hoyt Axton

  1. Ed Darrell says:

    I loved Hoyt Axton’s voice. I didn’t really listen to him until his 1976 album, “Fearless,” which opens with a spectacular drum/a capella tune, “The Devil.” The album was a smash with every DJ and radio worker I knew in Salt Lake City (and I knew a lot of them).

    I thought his role in “The Black Stallion was spectacular and would lead to stardom, but of course it didn’t.

    Anyway, he did good stuff, wrote good stuff, and I miss his voice.

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  2. Ellie says:

    Thank you, Ed. I’ve heard so many versions of Deportees but somehow, missed Hoyt Axton. “…scattered like dry leaves…”

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