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Pete Seeger

American singer and social activist

Pete Seeger

American singer and social activist
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birthday
3rd
May, 1919
Death
27th
January, 2014
Birth Place
New York, U.S.
Birth Sign
taurus
Biography

Peter Seeger (May 3, 1919 – January 27, 2014) was an American folk singer and social activist.
A fixture on nationwide radio in the 1940s, Seeger 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, Seeger re-emerged on the public scene as a prominent singer of protest music in support of international disarmament, civil rights, counterculture, workers’ rights, and environmental causes.
A prolific songwriter, his best-known songs include “Where Have All the Flowers Gone ” (with additional lyrics by Joe Hickerson), “If I Had a Hammer (The Hammer Song)” (with Lee Hays of the Weavers), “Kisses Sweeter Than Wine” (also with Hays), and “Turn! Turn! Turn!”, which have been recorded by many artists both in and outside the folk revival movement. “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.
Seeger was one of the folk singers responsible for popularizing the spiritual “We Shall Overcome” (also recorded by Joan Baez and many other singer-activists), which became the acknowledged anthem of the 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 said it was he who changed the lyric from the traditional “We will overcome” to the more singable “We shall overcome”.

instruments played
banjo
Guitar
Vocals
Allegiance

United States

Associated Acts

The Weavers The Almanac Singers Woody Guthrie Arlo Guthrie Tao Rodr -guez-Seeger Lead Belly Holly Near Ronnie Gilbert Bob Dylan Bruce Springsteen The Sessions Band

Battleswars

World War II

Birth Name

Peter Seeger

Branch

United States Army

Genres

American folk music protest music Americana

Occupations

Musician songwriter television host

Rank

Corporal

Unit

United States Army Band

Years Active

1939 2014

Years Of Service

1942 1945

Name

Pete Seeger

Nationality

United States of America

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