Folk Legend Pete Seeger Dead at 94
January 28, 2014


Pete Seeger

American Folk music legend and social activist Pete Seeger died on Monday at the age of 94. Seeger died of natural causes at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, according to his record company, Appleseed Recordings. In addition to his timeless Folk songs such as "If I Had A Hammer," Seeger also was well known for his liberal politics, his work as an environmentalist, and his protests against wars from Vietnam to Iraq.

Seeger and Woody Guthrie founded the Almanac Singers in the early 1940s, and in 1948 Seeger was a founding member of another key Folk group, The Weavers. By 1952 The Weavers had sold more than 4 million records, but Seeger's career was derailed when a book listed the band as Communists. The Weavers were blacklisted from radio, television and concert appearances, and when Seeger
refused to answer the government's questions about his involvement with the Communist party, he was sentenced to a year in jail. The conviction was eventually overturned on appeal in 1961, and Seeger spent much of the '60s participating in the civil rights movement. He was at the Freedom Marches in Selma, Alabama, and Washington, DC, with Dr. Martin Luther King and helped bring an adapted version of the gospel song "We Shall Overcome" to the civil rights movement, where it became an anthem of hope and determination. Seeger also spent the next few decades performing at college campuses, folk festivals and political rallies.

"We deeply mourn the passing of Pete Seeger. We believe that nobody is truly gone until all those who are touched or influenced by that person are gone from the Earth, so Pete will live on in the hearts and minds of so many for years to come," stated Appleseed Recordings President Jim Musselman. "His vision of peace and justice and equality for all will live on and continue to influence. His music has been used all over the world for social justice. From the Civil Rights movement to the anti-war movements Pete and his songs have been there on the front lines. Like a ripple that keeps going out from a pond Pete's music will keep going out all over the world spreading the message of non-violence and peace and justice and equality for all. Wherever people are fighting to be free or fighting for equality Pete's songs and Pete's vision will be there with them."

In January 2009, Seeger performed at a concert marking Barack Obama's presidential inauguration. The President also released a statement about Seeger, saying: "Once called 'America's tuning fork,' Pete Seeger believed deeply in the power of song. But more importantly, he believed in the power of community -- to stand up for what's right, speak out against what's wrong, and move this country closer to the America he knew we could be. Over the years, Pete used his voice -- and his hammer -- to strike blows for worker's rights and civil rights; world peace and environmental conservation. And he always invited us to sing along. For reminding us where we come from and showing us where we need to go, we will always be grateful to Pete Seeger. Michelle and I send our thoughts and prayer to Pete's family and all those who loved him."




 
Music News
Bono Still Recovering As U2 Prep For Tour
Quick Hits: Kanye West, Kurt Cobain, My Morning Jacket, Miguel, Finding Neverland album, Sia, Lockn' Festival
Quick Hits: Ben E. King, "Uptown Funk," Prince, Van Halen, Vance Joy, Enrique Iglesias
Meghan Trainor, J. Lo Join Jason Derulo LP
Quick Hits: U2, Diddy, Bumbershoot, Sonic Boom and X-Fest, Gregg Allman
Alabama Shakes Debut At #1 On Billboard 200
Quick Hits: Landmark Music Festival, Jay Z / Tidal, Paramore, Milky Chance / X Ambassadors, Eric Hutchinson, The Kingsmen
Ozzy: Black Sabbath Farewell Coming In 2016
Quick Hits: One Direction, Mumford & Sons, Sam Smith, Deftones, Gary Clark, Jr., Andrew W.K., Ben Lee
Jay Z: "Tidal Is Doing Just Fine"
Quick Hits: Radio Disney Music Awards, David Guetta, Amy Winehouse, D'Angelo, Billy Corgan
Black Keys' Dan Auerbach Announces New Solo Project
The Week In Review: 4/20-4/24
Quick Hits: Grateful Dead / John Mayer, Saturday Night Live, Frank Ocean, System Of A Down
Quick Hits: Lady Gaga, Estelle, MusiCares MAP Fund benefit concert, Hard Summer Festival, Faith No More, The Ting Tings
Breaking News
Entercom Communications Corp. Reports First Quarter Results
iHeartMedia Seattle Names Russell Robertson SVP/Sales
Entercom Austin Taps Stephanie Callihan As VP/GM
Tom Hoyt Appointed GM of Salem Media's Louisville Cluster
Billboard's Top 10 Most Powerful Pop Programmers
Five Appointed To NAB Radio Board
NAB Opens 2015 Marconi Radio Awards Nomination Window
In Brief - May 4, 2015
May 1, 2015
Vevo Announces New CEO, Original Programming And Tentpole Events
Radio One, Inc. Reports First Quarter Results
Scott Lindy Joins Cumulus As PD Of WFMS/Indianapolis
Shazam, Google Provide Android Users With Hands-Free Music Discovery
In Brief - May 1, 2015
April 30, 2015
iHeartMedia, Inc. Reports Results for 2015 First Quarter
Republic Records Dominates Top 40 Scoring 6 Spots In Top 10
Chris Sargent Named PD At KJR-FM/Seattle
WBTP/Tampa Appoints Mychal Maguire PD
jācapps Named One Of "Michigan 50 Companies To Watch"
Jumptuit Launches Support For Xbox Music, Announces Support for Windows 10
In Brief - April 30, 2015
April 29, 2015
New Podcasts Join Play.it Network
TuneCore Artists Earn $36 Million - Strong Quarter Over Quarter Growth
Cox Media Group Miami Names New General Sales Managers
New Coalition Launches To Protect The Music Economy
In Brief - April 29, 2015
April 28, 2015
Cumulus Signs Lew Dickey To Multi-Year Contract Extension
FMQB NOW

Rick Cummings
Emmis Pres.
of Programming

Advertisement:
Search FMQB.com
Advertisements:
FMQB Member Login
Email:
Pass:

Save
Not a member yet?
Sign up Now!
Sign Up for Breaking News!
Enter FMQB E-Tracking!