R.I.P. Pete Seeger

 

Folk legend Pete Seeger died Monday at age 94 of natural causes. A crucial figure in the resurgence of American folk music in the ‘50s and ‘60s, he continued to perform and promote folk music well into his late 80s.

  • Born in 1919 in New York, Seeger grew up the son of a musicologist and a classical violinist.
  • His biggest commercial success came in the late ‘40s and early ‘50s in The Weavers -- whose cover of Leadbelly’s “Goodnight Irene” topped the charts for 13 weeks.
  • Seeger’s past membership in the Communist Party got The Weavers blacklisted during the McCarthy-era Red Scare.
  • His best-known solo work includes "Where Have All the Flowers Gone," "If I Had a Hammer," "Turn, Turn, Turn" (which The Byrds took to the top of the charts) and "We Shall Overcome."
  • Seeger was an instrumental figure in the ‘60s folk explosion in New York City’s Greenwich Village and an early supporter of Bob Dylan.
  • In 2006, Bruce Springsteen released a collection of songs associated with Seeger called We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions.
  • In 2009, he performed Woody Guthrie’s “This Land Is Your Land” with Springsteen at President Obama's Inauguration on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.
  • Seeger's longtime wife Toshi-Aline Ohta died in 2013, just days before their 70th anniversary. He's survived by three children and six grandchildren.

 

Source: MSN.com, 'Folk singer Pete Seeger dies in New York,' by Chris Talbott, Jan. 28, 2014

Lisa Berigan

Let’s get through the workday together with loads of great classic rock. Tune in for 11 o’clock LIVE; Lisa’s Animal Tales; and the BIG Workforce Block, where I squeeze in as many requests as humanly possible. Plus, take a break from the daily grind with plenty of games and giveaways (everyone loves free stuff!). Work can ROCK!

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