Pete Seeger biography

Pete Seeger

Folk music, Musical Artist

1919 –

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Who is Pete Seeger?

Peter "Pete" Seeger is an American folk singer. 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.

As a song writer, he is best known as the author or co-author of "Where Have All the Flowers Gone?", "If I Had a Hammer", and "Turn, Turn, Turn!", which have been recorded by many artists both in and outside the folk revival movement and are still sung throughout the world. "Flowers" was a hit recording for The Kingston Trio; Marlene Dietrich, who recorded it in English, German and French; and Johnny Rivers. "If I Had a Hammer" was a hit for Peter, Paul & Mary and Trini Lopez, while The Byrds popularized "Turn, Turn, Turn!" in the mid-1960s, as did Judy Collins in 1964, and The Seekers in 1966.

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Born
May 3, 1919
Patterson
Also known as
  • Peter Seeger
  • The Weavers
  • Peter "Pete" Seeger
Parents
Siblings
Spouses
Children
Religion
  • Unitarian Universalism
Ethnicity
  • African American
Nationality
  • United States of America
Profession
Education
  • Harvard University
  • Avon Old Farms
Lived in
  • New York City
  • Manhattan

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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