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Goebel Reeves

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Goebel Reeves
Goebel Leon Reeves

October 9 1899
Sherman, Texas, United States
DiedJanuary 26 1959 (aged 59)

Goebel Leon Reeves (October 9, 1899 – January 26, 1959) was an American folk singer.


Goebel was born in Sherman, Texas, on October 9, 1899, and grew up in Austin, Texas.

His most famous song is "Hobo's Lullaby", which has been covered by various singers, especially Woody Guthrie. Among other artists who later performed the song were Woody Guthrie's son Arlo, Emmylou Harris, David Carradine[1], Pete Seeger and Billy Bragg with Joe Henry.[2] A 2016 article in the Los Angeles Times said the song is "one of the most disarmingly endearing train songs ever written", and is "inextricably linked with American folk music icon Woody Guthrie".[2]

Reeves also appeared in the 1937 Western film The Silver Trail, playing a singer named Hank in an uncredited role.[3] [4]

He died January 26, 1959, due to a heart attack in the Veteran's Hospital in Long Beach, California.[5]


  1. ^ "Woody Guthrie, Leonard Rosenman, David Carradine – Bound For Glory - Original Motion Picture Score". 2023. Retrieved February 24, 2023.
  2. ^ a b Lewis, Randy (August 12, 2016). "Exclusive: Billy Bragg & Joe Henry's 'Hobo's Lullaby' video is a love letter to trains". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved February 18, 2020.
  3. ^ Ray, Bernard B. (1937-02-27), The Silver Trail (Western), Rex Lease, Mary Russell, Ed Cassidy, Reliable Pictures Corporation (I), retrieved 2023-07-01
  4. ^ Malone, Bill C.; Laird, Tracey (2018). Country Music USA: 50th Anniversary Edition. University of Texas Press p. 165. ISBN 978-1-4773-1535-4.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  5. ^ Association, Texas State Historical. "Reeves, Goebel Leon". Texas State Historical Association. Retrieved 2024-06-06.

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