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Pete Seeger, Legendary Folk Singer, Dies at 94

Written by jeremy on Wednesday, 29 of January , 2014 at 8:29 am

I’ll use the Billboard headline verbatim, to make a point: in these days when you hear nearly every day or so about some “legend” dying, you have to take notice at the passing of someone who truly deserves the word. With a seven-decade career including  fifty-two studio albums, twenty-three compilation albums, ten live albums, and five singles, Pete Seeger actually fits the bill. There is not a folk singer, protest singer or activist (or human, for that matter) alive who does not owe a debt to Pete Seeger, and yet even in as diverse and blue-collar a town as Vallejo, you’ll find a surprising number of people who have never heard of him, though they might know his songs.

I’ll let his music talk, along with mainstream accolades from an assortment of sources.  Here are a few eulogies with good video links:

Pete Seeger, Legendary Folk Singer, Dies at 94 | Billboard

Pete Seeger, who used his voice as a musician, folk song curator, environmentalist and humanitarian to demand justice for less-privileged, died Jan. 27 at New York-Presbyterian Hospital.

He touched lives by singing for unions, children and presidents, performing mining camps, folk festivals and Carnegie Hall. He turned a Bible verse and an African chant into hit records, traveled with Woody Guthrie and Lead Belly and championed Bob Dylan, adapted a gospel song to sing for union workers and wound-up creating an anthem for the civil rights movement in “We Shall Overcome.” Later in life he made the clean-up of the Hudson River a reality, toured with Arlo Guthrie and saw musicians such Bruce Springsteen, Ani DiFranco and Sweet Honey in the Rock embrace his work and ethos.

Pete Seeger: 10 great songs – Telegraph.

 Pete Seeger, who was born in New York on May 3, 1919, had an upbringing steeped in music. His father, Charles, taught music at the University of California, Berkeley and his mother, Constance de Clyver Edson Seeger, was a concert violinist. His half-sister, Peggy, would become an eminent folk musician alongside Ewan McColl, and his half-brother Mike Seeger also became a folk singer.

Seeger, who has died at the age of 94, received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and a National Medal of Arts, and, in 1996, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. When Seeger’s 90th birthday was celebrated, Bruce Springsteen hailed him as “a living archive of America’s music and conscience, a testament of the power of song and culture to nudge history along.”

8 songs to remember Pete Seeger by – The Week.

 Pete Seeger didn’t like singing by himself. It wasn’t just that he contributed his tenor (and banjo picking) to two seminal folk groups — the Almanac Singers (with Woody Guthrie) and The Weavers — or later frequently collaborated with Woody’s son Arlo Guthrie. Audience participation was a hallmark of Seeger’s seven decades performing in front of crowds large and small.

The American folk music legend died Monday at age 94 of natural causes. His wife of 70 years, Toshi, died last year.

Pete Seeger Dies: Remembering the Folk Singer’s Best Songs: Video | TIME.com

Throughout Seeger’s career, which spanned seven decades, he released more than 40 albums (including two in 2013). But Seeger wasn’t just prolific: He used his music to support a litany of political causes and movements, becoming known as a thoughtful and thought-provoking writer and performer of left-wing political anthems. Whether as a solo performer or as part of the groups The Weavers and The Almanac Singers, Seeger’s songs influenced several social movements of the 20th century, with many of his most famous songs centering on themes of war, labor rights and civil rights.

Despite battling censorship and charges of communism in McCarthy-era America, Seeger was able to push political folk songs into the mainstream.

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