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Peter V. Seeger

Birthdate: (94)
Birthplace: French Hospital, New York, New York, New York, United States
Death: January 27, 2014 (94)
New York Presbyterian Hospital, New York, New York, New York, United States ("peacefully in his sleep")
Immediate Family:

Son of Dr. Charles Louis Seeger, Jr. and Constance de Clyver Seeger Dowding
Husband of Toshi-Aline Seeger
Father of <private> Seeger; <private> Seeger and <private> Seeger
Brother of Charles Louis Seeger, III and John Seeger
Half brother of Mike Seeger; <private> MacColl (Seeger); Penelope Cohen and <private> Perfect (Seeger)

Occupation: musician, singer, songwriter, social activist
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About Pete Seeger

Peter "Pete" Seeger (May 3, 1919 – January 27, 2014) was an American folk singer and an iconic figure in the mid-twentieth century American folk music revival: 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 the 1950 recording of Leadbelly'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, and for environmental causes.

As a song writer, he is best known as the author or co-author of "Where Have All the Flowers Gone?", "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. 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.

For further reading

  1. THE PROTEST SINGER: Pete Seeger and American folk music Alec Wilkinson, The New Yorker, April 17, 2006
  2. Pete Seeger Appreciation Page
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Pete Seeger's Timeline

May 3, 1919
New York, New York, New York, United States
January 27, 2014
Age 94
New York, New York, New York, United States