Folk singer activist Pete Seeger dies yesterday at 94

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    Jan 28, 2014 2:34 PM GMT
    http://www.newsmax.com/US/pete-seeger-dies-folk-singer/2014/01/28/id/549360
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    Jan 28, 2014 4:07 PM GMT
    I didn't know he was in his 90s. So he's between my parent's and grandparent's generation. I always thought him closer to mine. Some just transcend the generations.
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    Jan 28, 2014 4:48 PM GMT
    theantijock saidI didn't know he was in his 90s. So he's between my parent's and grandparent's generation. I always thought him closer to mine. Some just transcend the generations.


    He was active as one of the founding members of the Weavers back in 1947 or 48.

    He was also in the Almanacs Singers(?) I believe in 1940. A group initially opposed to the US involvement in WW II who then turned to support the war effort of the allies. That alone would put him way up there in years.

    I didn't agree with him politically all the time, but he was a great man with which to disagree.
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    Jan 28, 2014 5:02 PM GMT
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pete_seeger

    Peter "Pete" Seeger (May 3, 1919 – January 27, 2014) was an American folk singer. A fixture on nationwide radio in the 1940s, he also had a string of hit records during the early 1950s as a member of The Weavers, most notably their recording of Lead Belly's "Goodnight, Irene", which topped the charts for 13 weeks in 1950.[1] Members of The Weavers were blacklisted during the McCarthy Era. In the 1960s, he re-emerged on the public scene as a prominent singer of protest music in support of international disarmament, civil rights, counterculture, and environmental causes.

    As a song writer, he is best known as the author or co-author of "Where Have All the Flowers Gone?" (with Joe Hickerson), "If I Had a Hammer (The Hammer Song)" (composed with Lee Hays of The Weavers), and "Turn, Turn, Turn!", which have been recorded by many artists both in and outside the folk revival movement and are still sung throughout the world. "Flowers" was a hit recording for The Kingston Trio (1962); Marlene Dietrich, who recorded it in English, German and French (1962); and Johnny Rivers (1965). "If I Had a Hammer" was a hit for Peter, Paul & Mary (1962) and Trini Lopez (1963), while The Byrds popularized "Turn, Turn, Turn!" in the mid-1960s, as did Judy Collins in 1964 and The Seekers in 1966.

    Seeger was one of the folksingers most responsible for popularizing the spiritual "We Shall Overcome" (also recorded by Joan Baez and many other singer-activists) that became the acknowledged anthem of the 1960s American Civil Rights Movement, soon after folk singer and activist Guy Carawan introduced it at the founding meeting of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) in 1960. In the PBS American Masters episode "Pete Seeger: The Power of Song", Seeger stated it was he who changed the lyric from the traditional "We will overcome" to the more singable "We shall overcome".