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Pete Seeger

Knowledge Identifier: +Pete_Seeger


Pete Seeger

American folk singer add

Category: Music

Born in 1919.

Countries: United States (59%), (9%), United Kingdom (5%)

Main connections: Hudson River, Carnegie Hall, Lead Belly

Linked to: Juilliard School, CBS, Decca Records, Time




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Pete Seeger was born in 1919 add something


In recent years, as the aging Seeger began to garner awards and recognition for his lifelong activism, he found himself attacked once again for his opinions and associations of the 1930s and 1940s add something


Charles and Constance Seeger divorced when Pete Seeger was seven, and in 1932 Charles married his composition student and assistant, Ruth Crawford Seeger, now considered by many one of the most important modernist composers of the 20th century add something


At thirteen, Seeger enrolled in the Avon Old Farms prep school in Avon, Connecticut where he graduated in 1936 add something


In 1936, at the age of 17, Pete Seeger joined the Young Communist League , at the height of its popularity and influence add something


This anti-war/anti-draft tone reflected the Communist Party line after the 1939 Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact, which maintained the war was "phony" and a mere pretext for big American corporations to get Hitler to attack Soviet Russia add something


A fixture on nationwide radio in the 1940s, he 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 add something


He eventually "drifted away" from the Party in the late 1940s and 1950s add something


Seeger did similar work for Lomax at Decca in the late 1940s add something


Contemporary folk music - Major performers who emerged from the 1940s to the early 1960s included Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, Joan_Baez, and Bob Dylan


Loraine Wyman - Nowadays when one speaks of a "folk revival" in America, this is taken to mean the later period of interest in the 1940s through 1960s, going from Pete Seeger to Bob Dylan


In the spring of 1941, the twenty-one-year-old Seeger performed as a member of the Almanac Singers along with Millard Lampell, Cisco Houston, Woody Guthrie, Butch and Bess Lomax Hawes, and Lee Hays add something


"Back Where I Come From" was unique in having a racially integrated cast, which made news when it performed in March 1941 at a command performance at the White House organized by Eleanor Roosevelt called "An Evening of Songs for American Soldiers," before an audience that included the Secretaries of War, Treasury, and the Navy, among other notables add something


He characterized Seeger as "someone with a longtime habit of following the party line" who had only "eventually" parted ways with the CPUSA. In support of this view, he quoted lines from the Almanac Singers' May 1941 "Songs for John Doe", contrasting them darkly with lines supporting the war from "Dear Mr. President", issued in 1942, after the USA and the U.S. had entered the war add something


In a review in the June 1941 "Atlantic Monthly", entitled "The Poison in Our System," he pronounced "Songs for John Doe" " add something


A June 16, 1941, review in "Time" magazine, which under its owner, Henry Luce, had become very interventionist, denounced the Almanacs' "John Doe", accusing it of scrupulously echoing what it called "the mendacious Moscow tune" that "Franklin Roosevelt is leading an unwilling people into a J. P. Morgan war add something


Carl Joachim Friedrich - Friedrich was the author of an article "Poison in Our System" for the June 1941 issue of the "Atlantic Monthly", criticizing "Songs For John Doe", an album of songs against Roosevelt's peacetime draft , by the Almanac Singers, who included the twenty-one-year-old Pete Seeger, performing under the pseudonym 'Pete Bowers'


In 1942 he became a member of the Communist Party USA itself add something


In 1942, a year after the "John Doe" album's brief appearance , the FBI decided that the now-pro-war Almanacs were still endangering the war effort by subverting recruitment add something


Upon US entry into the war in 1942, Friedrich became chairman of the Executive Committee of the Council for Democracy, charged with combatting isolationism, and had his ://www add something


In 1943, Pete married Toshi-Aline ?ta, whom he credits with being the support that helped make the rest of his life possible add something


In 1943, with Tom Glazer and Bess and Baldwin Hawes, he recorded an album of 78s called "Songs of the Lincoln Battalion" on Moe Asch's Stinson label add something


Their first child, Peter ?ta Seeger, was born in 1944 and died at six months while Pete was deployed overseas add something


Alan Lomax - The 1944 "ballad opera", "The Martins and the Coys", broadcast in Britain by the BBC, featuring Burl Ives, Woody Guthrie, Will Geer, Sonny Terry, Pete Seeger, and Fiddlin' Arthur Smith, among others, was released on Rounder Records in 2000


Woody Guthrie - Guthrie contributed songwriting and authenticity in much the same capacity for Pete Seeger's post-Almanac Singers project "People's Songs", a newsletter and booking organization for labor singers, founded in 1945


A version of this song, submitted by Zilphia Horton of Highlander, had been published in Seeger's People's Songs "Bulletin" as early as in 1947 add something


In 1948, Seeger wrote the first version of his now-classic "How to Play the Five-String Banjo", a book that many banjo players credit with starting them off on the instrument add something


With Pete Seeger as its director, People's Songs worked for the 1948 presidential campaign of Roosevelt's former Secretary of Agriculture and Vice President, Henry A. Wallace, who ran as a third-party candidate on the Progressive Party ticket add something


Chuck Israels - Paul Robeson, Pete Seeger and The Weavers were visitors to the Bauman home and the appearance of Louis Armstrong's All Stars in a concert series produced by his parents in 1948 gave Chuck his first opportunity to meet and hear jazz musicians


Sir Lancelot (singer) - According to Pete Seeger, the 1948 Lead Belly song "Equality for Negroes" was inspired by a Sir Lancelot song


Harold Leventhal - While working on the doomed 1948 presidential campaign of the progressive Henry Wallace, Leventhal met folk singer Pete Seeger, and soon became the manager of Seeger's group, The Weavers


He and Toshi purchased their land in 1949 and lived there first in a trailer, in a log cabin they built themselves add something


In 1949 Pete Seeger worked as the Vocal Instructor for the progressive City and Country School in Greenwich Village, New York add something


Alone among the many witnesses after the 1950 conviction and imprisonment of the Hollywood Ten for contempt of Congress, Seeger refused to plead the Fifth Amendment and instead refused to name personal and political associations on the grounds that this would violate his First Amendment rights: "I am not going to answer any questions as to my association, my philosophical or religious beliefs or my political beliefs, or how I voted in any election, or any of these private affairs add something


From the late 1950s on, Seeger accompanied himself on the 12-string guitar, an instrument of Mexican origin that had been associated with Lead Belly, who had styled himself "the King of the 12-String Guitar" add something


In the late 1950s, the Kingston Trio was formed in direct imitation of the Weavers, covering much of the latter's repertoire, though with a more buttoned-down, uncontroversial, and mainstream collegiate persona add something


Pete's eldest brother, Charles Seeger III, was a radio astronomer, and his next older brother, John Seeger, taught in the 1950s at the Dalton School in Manhattan and was the principal from 1960 to 1976 at Fieldston Lower School in the Bronx add something


The Weavers' string of major hits began with "On Top of Old Smokey" and an arrangement of Lead Belly's signature waltz, "Goodnight, Irene," which topped the charts for 13 weeks in 1950 and was covered by many other pop singers add something


To earn money during the blacklist period of the late 1950s and early 1960s, Seeger had gigs as a music teacher in schools and summer camps and traveled the college campus circuit add something


Lead Belly - Lead Belly's playing style was popularized by Pete Seeger, who adopted the twelve-string guitar in the 1950s and released an instructional LP and book using Lead Belly as an exemplar of technique


Solomon Linda - The original South African recording was discovered during the early 1950s by American musicologist Alan Lomax, who gave it to his friend, folk musician Pete Seeger of The Weavers


The Weavers' performing career was abruptly derailed in 1953 at the peak of their popularity when blacklisting prompted radio stations to refuse to play their records and all their bookings were canceled add something


Bob Gibson (musician) - In 1953 Gibson met Pete Seeger, helping Seeger to complete rebuilding his home


Martha Schlamme - In 1954, she recorded the album "German Folk-Songs" with the blacklisted singer Pete Seeger


John Herald - While at a summer camp in 1954, Herald was inspired by a performance by Pete Seeger


They briefly returned to the stage, however, at a sold-out reunion at Carnegie Hall in 1955 and in a subsequent reunion tour, which produced a hit version of Merle Travis's "Sixteen Tons" as well as LPs of their concert performances add something


On August 18, 1955, Seeger was subpoenaed to testify before the House Un-American Activities Committee add something


Mary Travers - While in high school, Travers joined the Song Swappers, which sang backup for Pete Seeger when Folkways Records reissued a union song collection, "Talking Union", in 1955


In 1956, "Peter" Seeger and his wife, Toshi, traveled to Port of Spain, Trinidad, to seek out information on the steelpan, steel drum or "Ping-Pong" as it was sometimes called add something


Seeger's refusal to testify led to a March 26, 1957, indictment for contempt of Congress; for some years, he had to keep the federal government apprised of where he was going any time he left the Southern District of New York add something


Erik Darling - In April 1958 Darling replaced Pete Seeger in The Weavers, although he continued working club dates with The Tarriers until November 1959


Alan Lomax - Upon his return to New York in 1959, Lomax produced a concert, Folksong '59, in Carnegie Hall, featuring Arkansas singer Jimmy Driftwood; the Selah Jubilee Singers and Drexel Singers ; Muddy Waters and Memphis Slim ; Earl Taylor and the Stoney Mountain Boys ; Pete Seeger, Mike_Seeger ; and The Cadillacs


In 1960, the San Diego school board told him that he could not play a scheduled concert at a high school unless he signed an oath pledging that the concert would not be used to promote a communist agenda or an overthrow of the government add something


In 1960, this collection was re-issued by Moe Asch as one side of a Folkways LP called "Songs of the Lincoln and International Brigades" add something


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 environmental causes add something


Seeger was closely associated with the 1960s Civil Rights movement and in 1963 helped organize a landmark Carnegie Hall Concert, featuring the youthful Freedom Singers, as a benefit for the Highlander Folk School in Tennessee add something


The Kingston Trio produced another phenomenal succession of Billboard chart hits and in its turn spawned a legion of imitators, laying the groundwork for the 1960s commercial folk revival add something


Johnny Cash - In the 1960s he appeared on Pete Seeger's short lived television series "Rainbow Quest"


Graeme Allwright - In the 1960s, he translated into French a number of songs written by Leonard Cohen, Tom Paxton and Pete Seeger


Industrial Workers of the World - In the 1960s, the American folk music revival in the United States brought a renewed interest in the songs of Joe Hill and other Wobblies, and seminal folk revival figures such as Pete Seeger and Woody Guthrie had a pro-Wobbly tone, while some were members of the IWW. Among the protest songs in the book are "Hallelujah, I'm a Bum" , "Union Maid", and "I Dreamed I Saw Joe Hill Last Night"


Judy Collins - It was the music of Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger, and the traditional songs of the folk revival of the early 1960s, however, that piqued Collins' interest and awoke in her a love of lyrics


Dolly Parton - The following year, "Treasures", an album of covers of 1960s and '70s hits was released, and featured a diverse collection of material, including songs by Mac Davis, Pete Seeger, Kris_Kristofferson, Cat Stevens, Neil Young, and Joni Mitchell


Lightnin' Hopkins - Hopkins debuted at Carnegie Hall on October 14, 1960, appearing alongside Joan Baez and Pete Seeger performing the spiritual "Mary Don't You Weep"


He was convicted in a jury trial of contempt of Congress in March 1961, and sentenced to 10 years in jail , but in May 1962 an appeals court ruled the indictment to be flawed and overturned his conviction add something


Happy Traum - Traum first appeared on record at a historic session in late 1962 when a group of young folk musicians, including Bob Dylan, Phil Ochs, Pete Seeger, Peter LaFarge and The Freedom Singers, gathered in the studio at Folkways Records to record an album called "Broadside Ballads, Vol. 1"


Little Boxes - "'"Little Boxes"' is a protest song written and composed by Malvina Reynolds in 1962, which became a hit for her friend Pete Seeger in 1963


A Hard Rain's a-Gonna Fall - Although Dylan may have first played the song to friends, "A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall" was formally premiered at Carnegie Hall on September 22, 1962 as part of a hootenanny organized by Pete Seeger


A DVD of Seeger's 1963 Melbourne Town Hall concert has been released by The Australian Broadcasting Corporation add something


Tom Paxton - Newport Folk Festival - Pete Seeger picked up on a few of Tom Paxton's songs in 1963, including "Ramblin' Boy" and "What Did You Learn in School Today-" Meanwhile, Paxton had increased his profile as a performer, appearing at the 1963 Newport Folk Festival, which was recorded by Vanguard Records


Bernie Krause - He joined The Weavers in 1963, replacing Frank Hamilton as the third replacement for co-founder Pete Seeger and stayed with them until they disbanded a year later


Joan Baez - Her performance of "We Shall Overcome", the civil-rights anthem written by Pete Seeger and Guy Carawan, at the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom permanently linked her to the song


Cab Kaye - In 1963, back in the Star Hotel, he joined with the drummer Guy Warren and the folk singer and activist Pete Seeger who, on a world tour, was very popular in Ghana for his statements about the equality of the black American population


There was a widely repeated story that Seeger was so upset over the extremely loud amplified sound that Dylan, backed by members of the Butterfield Blues Band, brought into the 1965 Newport Folk Festival that he threatened to disconnect the equipment add something


Thirty-nine hour-long programs were recorded at WNJU's Newark studios in 1965 and 1966, produced by Seeger and his wife Toshi, with Sholom Rubinstein add something


Buffy Sainte-Marie - She appeared on Pete Seeger's "Rainbow Quest with Pete Seeger" in 1965 and several Canadian Television productions from the 1960s through to the 1990s, and other TV shows such as "American Bandstand", "Soul Train", "The Johnny Cash Show" and "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson"; and sang the opening song "The Circle Game" in Stuart Hagmann's film "The Strawberry Statement"


Seeger is involved in the environmental organization Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, which he co-founded in 1966 add something


Hudson River - In 1966, Pete Seeger and Toshi Seeger founded Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, an environmental education organization and an actual boat , that promotes awareness of the river and its history


Although the performance was cut from the September 1967 show, after wide publicity it was broadcast when Seeger appeared again on the Smothers' Brothers show in the following January add something


The Smothers Brothers ended Seeger's national blacklisting by broadcasting him singing "Waist Deep in the Big Muddy" on their CBS variety show on February 25, 1968, after his similar performance in September 1967 was censored by CBS. add something


As part of that effort, the sloop "Clearwater" was launched in 1969 with its inaugural sail down from Maine to South Street Seaport Museum in New York City, and thence to the Hudson River add something


Seeger wrote and performed "That Lonesome Valley" about the then-polluted Hudson River in 1969, and his band members wrote and performed songs commemorating the "Clearwater" add something


Judy Collins - In 1969, she testified in Chicago in support of the Chicago Seven; during her testimony, she began singing Pete Seeger's "Where Have All the Flowers Gone-", and was admonished by prosecutor Tom Foran and judge Julius Hoffman


In the 1970s Harry Chapin released a song dedicated to Seeger called "Old Folkie" add something


The song, which Seeger wrote in 1971 to protest the war in Vietnam, has long been a popular children's song in Norway add something


In the documentary film "The Power of Song", Seeger mentions that he and his family visited North Vietnam in 1972 add something


Seeger and McLean sang "Shenandoah" on the 1974 "Clearwater" album add something


In November 1976 Seeger wrote and recorded the anti-death penalty song "Delbert Tibbs" about death-row inmate Delbert Tibbs, who was later exonerated add something


In the late 1980s Seeger expressed disapproval of violent revolutions, remarking to an interviewer that he was really in favor of incremental change and that "the most lasting revolutions are those that take place over a period of time add something


Len Chandler - One of Chandler's song entitled "Run Come See the Sun", was sung by Pete Seeger at the Sanders Theater in Boston in the year 1980


In 1982 Seeger performed at a benefit concert for Poland's Solidarity resistance movement add something


Ronnie Gilbert - Near and Gilbert joined Arlo Guthrie and Pete Seeger for the 1984 quartet album "HARP"


Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism - The former CPUSA official Gil Green, as well as notable activists such as Pete Seeger and Angela Davis, led the reformist movement in December 1991 at the national convention


In 1993 the Australian singer/playwright Maurie Mulheron assembled a musical biography of Seeger's, and friends', work in a stage production "One Word add something


Ani DiFranco - In the early 1993 she played Pete Seeger's Clearwater Folk Festival for the first time


In a 1995 interview, however, he insisted that "I still call myself a communist, because communism is no more what Russia made of it than Christianity is what the churches make of it add something


In 1998 Appleseed Records issued a double-CD tribute album: "Where Have All the Flowers Gone: the Songs of Pete Seeger", which included readings by Studs Terkel and songs by Billy Bragg, Jackson Browne, Eliza Carthy, Judy Collins, Bruce Cockburn, Donovan, Ani DiFranco, Dick Gaughan, Nanci Griffith, Richie Havens, Indigo Girls, Roger McGuinn, Holly Near, Odetta, Tom Paxton, Bonnie Raitt, Martin Simpson, and Bruce Springsteen, among others add something


It was reprised in 2000 and most recently at the Tom Mann Theatre, a Trade Union-owned and operated theatre in Surry Hills, in inner Sydney, on June 12, 13 and 14, 2009 add something


In 2001, Appleseed release "If I Had a Song: The Songs of Pete Seeger, Vol. 2 add something


In 2003, it issued the double-CD "Seeds: The Songs of Pete Seeger, Volume 3", the final set in its trilogy of releases celebrating Seeger's music add something


Rufus Harley - A posthumous retrospective on Rhino Handmade, "Courage - The Atlantic Recordings", was released in November 2006 as a 3,000 copy limited edition, and contains all the tracks from his four Atlantic LPs, plus an unreleased track of Pete Seeger and Joe Hickerson's composition "Where Have All the Flowers Gone-" recorded in 1969


The Shins - In 2007 the band did a "Take-Away show" acoustic video session shot by Vincent Moon, and recorded a version of Pete Seeger's "Little Boxes" for the Showtime series "Weeds


In September 2008, Appleseed Recordings released "At 89", Seeger's first studio album in 12 years add something


On September 29, 2008, the 89-year-old singer-activist, once banned from commercial TV, made a rare national TV appearance on the "Late Show with David Letterman", singing "Take It From Dr. King" add something


MOFFOM (Music on Film-Film on Music) - The 2008 festival featured an exclusive video greeting from Lifetime Achievement *award honoree Pete Seeger


The Sydney-based instrumental and vocal ensemble Loosely Woven based at Humph Hall on the Northern Beaches of Sydney, showcased Seeger's work and times in one of its 2009 seasons, to celebrate the Pete Seeger ninetieth birthday add something


In February 2009, the San Diego School District officially extended an apology to Seeger for the actions of their predecessors add something


On April 18, 2009, Pete Seeger performed in front of a small group of Earth Day celebrants at Teachers College in New York City add something


On September 19, 2009 Pete Seeger made his first appearance at the 52nd Monterey Jazz Festival, particularly notable because the Festival does not normally feature folk artists add something


Bob Ezrin - In May 2009, Ezrin co-produced The Clearwater Concert at Madison Square Garden, celebrating the 90th birthday of musician and activist, Pete Seeger


John Hall (New York politician) - Although his musical career was on hold during his time in office, Hall performed at the concert honoring the 90th birthday of Pete Seeger, supporting the Hudson River Sloop Clearwater at Madison Square Garden in New York City on May 3, 2009


John Mellencamp - Mellencamp participated in a tribute concert for Pete Seeger's 90th birthday on May 3, 2009 at Madison Square Garden in New York City which raised funds for an environmental organization founded by Seeger to preserve and protect the Hudson River


Richie Havens - On May 3, 2009, Havens performed at the fundraising concert in honor of Pete Seeger's 90th birthday


In 2010, still active at the age of 91, Seeger co-wrote and performed the song "God's Counting on Me, God's Counting on You" with Lorre Wyatt, commenting on the Deepwater Horizon oil spill add something


Clearwater Festival - Loosely Woven's Artistic Director Wayne Richmond and his new wife Gial, attended the 2011 Clearwater Festival and met Pete Seeger add something


The gunman was on trial for killing 77 people on July 22, 2011, insisting that his victims, who included 69 children, were traitors add something


On October 21, 2011, at age 92, Pete Seeger was part of a solidarity march with Occupy Wall Street to Columbus Circle in New York City add something


On April 26, 2012, tens of thousands of Norwegians gathered in a show of unity at a rally in Oslo to sing Pete Seeger's song "My Rainbow Race" which a mass murderer had ridiculed as an example of "Marxist" brainwashing add something


On July 18, 2012, Pete Seeger appeared at Bryant Park in New York City to sign copies of his new biography, "Pete Seeger: His Life in His Own Words," written with Rob Rosenthal and Sam Rosenthal add something


On August 6, 2012, Pete Seeger appeared on the Colbert Report to speak with Stephen Colbert about his new book, "Pete Seeger: His Life in His Own Words," and to perform "Quite Early Morning" on the banjo add something


On Election Day, November 6, 2012, Pete Seeger released the music video and single of "God's Counting on Me, God's Counting on You" produced live on the Hudson River Sloop Clearwater by Richard Barone and Matthew Billy add something


On November 24, 2012, Pete Seeger performed with Arlo Guthrie and the Guthrie family in a concert at Carnegie Hall add something


On December 14, 2012, Seeger performed, along with Harry Belafonte, Jackson Browne, Common and others, at a concert to bring awareness to the 37 year long ordeal of Native American Activist Leonard Peltier add something


The couple remained married until Toshi's death in July 2013 add something


On August 9, 2013, one month widowed, Pete Seeger was in New York City for a 400 year commemoration of the Two Row Wampum Treaty between the Iroquois and the Dutch add something


On September 21, 2013, Pete Seeger performed at Farm Aid at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs New York add something

Pete Seeger died in 2014 add something


Seeger died on January 27, 2014, at the age of 94 add something


Leonard Peltier - Silent Bear releases "Freedom For Leonard Peltier " featuring Pete Seeger on his CD, The Green Lion, July 2014