Hally Wood

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Hally Wood
Born September 29, 1922
Washington, D.C.
Origin  United States
Died July 22, 1989(1989-07-22) (aged 66)
Occupation(s) Musician, Singer

Hally Wood (September 29, 1922 - July 22, 1989) was an American musician and singer.


Wood was born Harriet Elizabeth Wood in Washington, D.C., in 1922. She was the daughter of a U.S. Army doctor.

Wood was a classically trained musician/singer who became vitally interested in folkmusic; as musicologist transcribed a number of Lomax field recordings (getting words & notes down on paper), transcribed/researched a book of Leadbelly songs (see TRO publishers), Woody Guthrie songs, The New Lost City Ramblers Songbook (later renamed Old-Time Stringband Songbook; see Oak), worked on a book in Houston, Texas (with the publisher, Joseph Lomax-nephew of Alan) on collection of songs written by Townes Van Zandt (entitled "for the sake of the song", Wings Press, Houston, Texas; copyright 1977. Wood is credited in the preface with "musical proof-reading and lyrics corrections." [1]).

Singing career[edit]

As a singer she had two solo albums in the early 1950s (Stinson "Hally Wood Sings Texas Folksongs"; Elektra "Oh Lovely Appearance of Death"), appeared on several concert/compilation albums, sang in concerts with Pete Seeger, Leadbelly, Woody Guthrie, Jean Ritchie, & others in the NYC area, including a concert at Carnegie Hall on Saturday, December 21, 1957 with Sonny Terry and Dave Sears.[2]

In '79-80 brought out a self-produced album "Songs to Live By" in Houston, and was beginning work on another in the mid-80s but was diagnosed with cancer; from late '50s thru early '70s lived in Río Piedras, Puerto Rico; did some work there helping produce concerts & other things this informant not familiar with. She was married to the broadcaster, writer and activist Media:John Henry Faulk, the first of his three wives.


  1. ^ page i, ibidem
  2. ^ New York Times, review article, Monday, December 23, 1957

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