Legendary Folk Singer And Activist Pete Seeger Dies At 94


After a short illness, the iconic musician Pete Seeger passed away on Monday at the New York Presbyterian Hospital.

Before forming The Weavers in 1948, Pete became widely known for his performances with Woody Guthrie. In 1950, “Goodnight, Irene” was at the top of the US charts for 13 consecutive weeks. What’s more, the band actually ignited an expansion in folk music.

Seeger also became famous for songs “Turn, Turn, Turn!” and “If I Had a Hammer”, but in the 50s he was accused of supporting Communism and was subsequently blacklisted. However, he came back into the spotlight in the 60s as a protest-musician, leading campaigns against nuclear weapons and the Vietnam War. He was also a notable supporter of the Civil Rights movement.

In 1993, his six-decade long career was honored with the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. A year later, he also received National Endowment for the Arts and the Kennedy Center Honor.

Last July, his wife, artist and activist Toshi Seeger, passed away at the age of 91. They’ve had three children and were just days away from their 70th wedding anniversary.

His grandson said, “He thought everyone could be heroic. He got the world to sing. I think he was a role model to his family; to the whole world.

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