Pete Seeger

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Legal name: Peter Seeger


Peter "Pete" Seeger (May 3, 1919 – January 27, 2014) was an American folk singer and 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 & 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 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. In the PBS American Masters episode "Pete Seeger: The Power of Song", Seeger stated it was he who changed the lyric from the traditional "We will overcome" to the more singable "We shall overcome".

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1950 Darling Corey Pete Seeger 1
1954 American Folk Songs for Children Pete Seeger 1
1956 American Industrial Ballads Pete Seeger 2
1956 Love Songs for Friends & Foes Pete Seeger 1
1958 Gazette Pete Seeger 1
1959 Folk Songs for Young People Pete Seeger 2
1961 Songs of the Spanish Civil War, Vol. 1: Songs of the Lincoln Brigade, Six Songs for Democracy Pete Seeger and Group / Ernst Busch and Chorus 1
1963 Broadside Ballads Volume 2 Pete Seeger 1
1963 We Shall Overcome Pete Seeger 2
1964 I Can See a New Day Pete Seeger 1
1965 Little Boxes and Other Broadsides Pete Seeger 1
1966 Dangerous Songs!? Pete Seeger 2
1967 Abiyoyo and Other Story Songs for Children Pete Seeger 2
1967 Waist Deep in the Big Muddy & Other Love Songs Pete Seeger 2
1971 Rainbow Race Pete Seeger 1
1987 Carry It On: Songs of America's Working People Pete Seeger, Jane Sapp & Si Kahn 2
1989 Traditional Christmas Carols Pete Seeger 1
1993 Darling Corey and Goofing-Off Suite Pete Seeger 1
1997 Birds, Beasts, Bugs and Fishes (Little and Big): Animal Folk Songs Pete Seeger 1
1998 If I Had a Hammer: Songs of Hope & Struggle Pete Seeger 1
1999 Headlines & Footnotes: A Collection of Topical Songs Pete Seeger 2
2002 American Favorite Ballads, Volume 1 Pete Seeger 1
2007 American Favorite Ballads, Volume 2 Pete Seeger 1
2008 At 89 Pete Seeger 1
2012 A More Perfect Union Pete Seeger & Lorre Wyatt 1
American Folk Game & Activity Songs Pete Seeger 1
God Bless the Grass Pete Seeger 1
Song and Play Time Pete Seeger 1
Tomorrow's Children Pete Seeger 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1986 The Essential Pete Seeger Pete Seeger 1
1990 Pete Seeger's Greatest Hits Pete Seeger 2
1996 The 'American Folk Song' Collection Pete Seeger 1
1996 A Link in the Chain Pete Seeger 1
2000 Stories and Songs for Little Children Pete Seeger 1
2003 Which Side Are You On? Pete Seeger 1
2003 American Favorite Ballads, Volume 2 Pete Seeger 1
2003 Seeds: The Songs of Pete Seeger, Volume 3 Pete Seeger 1
2004 American Favorite Ballads, Volume 3 Pete Seeger 1
2005 The Essential Pete Seeger Pete Seeger 1
2006 American Favorite Ballads, Volume 4 Pete Seeger 1
2006 The First Rays of Protest in the Twentieth Century Pete Seeger & Woody Guthrie 1
2007 Folk Music of the World Pete Seeger 1
2007 American Industrial Ballads ... and More Pete Seeger 2
2009 American Favorite Ballads, Volume 5 Pete Seeger 1
2012 Pete Remembers Woody Pete Seeger 1
2013 The Essential Pete Seeger (2013) Pete Seeger 1
All-Time Favorites Pete Seeger 1
Clearwater Classics Pete Seeger 1
Hard Travelling: The Best of Pete Seeger Pete Seeger 1
Sing Out With Pete! Pete Seeger 1

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