Pete SeegerBorn 3 May 1919. Died 27 January 2014
Pete Seeger Biography (Wikipedia)
Peter Seeger (May 3, 1919 – January 27, 2014) was an American folk singer and social activist. 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. 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.
A prolific songwriter, his best-known songs include "Where Have All the Flowers Gone?" (with Joe Hickerson), "If I Had a Hammer (The Hammer Song)" (with Lee Hays of the Weavers), and "Turn! Turn! Turn!" (lyrics adapted from Ecclesiastes), which have been recorded by many artists both in and outside the folk revival movement and are 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 and Mary (1962) and Trini Lopez (1963) while the Byrds had a number one hit with "Turn! Turn! Turn!" in 1965.
- Bonnie Dobson on Dylan, Seeger and other folk luminarieshttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p02h57sc.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p02h57sc.jpg2015-01-18T14:41:00.000ZThe singer-songwriter talks about composing Morning Dew, being part of a talent-filled folk scene in 1960s North America, hanging out with Bob Dylan, and returning to music.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p02h57ts
Bonnie Dobson on Dylan, Seeger and other folk luminaries
Pete Seeger Tracks