RIP: Folk legend Pete Seeger has passed away at the age of 94

Music News | By on Jan 28th, 2014

The world has lost a folk legend, activist, and just a great human being in Pete Seeger. Pete sadly passed away last night at the age of 94 and had lead an excellent life. He did so much for folk music and music in general, as well as the Hudson Valley. He influenced so many great artists like Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Billy Bragg, Tom Morello to name a few. His activism and his music will be missed greatly but his legacy will live on in Clearwater!

As a solo performer, songwriter, interpreter, and member of the legendary folk band the Weavers, Seeger brought traditional and political songs to the mainstream over the course of his 70-year career. He wrote or co-wrote “If I Had a Hammer” (a hit for Peter, Paul and Mary) and “Where Have All the Flowers Gone?” (made famous by the Kingston Trio). The Byrds had a Number One hit with “Turn! Turn! Turn!,” which Seeger had adapted from the Book of Ecclesiastes and set to music. In Seeger hands, songs from Cuba (“Guantanamera”) and South Africa (“Wimoweh”) became beloved sing-along standards around the world, and “We Shall Overcome,” a traditional gospel song that Seeger heard early in his career, was a regular part of his repertoire and a staple of civil rights rallies for decades to come.
[Rolling Stone]

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