5 Things You Didn't Know About Alice's Restaurant

A Thanksgiving Day tradition

November 22, 2019
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It's a Thanksgiving tradition--you have to listen to Arlo Guthrie's Alice's Restaurant at least once on Thanksgiving Day.

We'll be playing it on Thanksgiving Day at noon and 6pm so tune in!

Here are some things you may not know about the song.

1. Topping out at more than 18 minutes, the song as WAY too long to fit on one side of a 45rpm record.

2. The song is based on a true story.

3. There was a 1969 movie based on the song. Arlo Guthrie does narration for the movie. Also appearing is Matthew Broderick's dad, the late James Broderick. (He was also the dad on the '70s TV show "Family.")

4. Guthrie told Rolling Stone he has to re-learn the song every time he has to play it. He says "it's not like riding a bike."

5. The song took him a year to write.