Folk Singer and Activist Pete Seeger Dead at 94
Legendary folk singer, and activist Pete Seeger has passed away. Seeger died at the age of 94 at New York-Presbyterian Hospital on January 27. Seeger had his own television series in the 50s, and recorded the number one hit "Goodnight, Irene" with his band the Weavers. In the 1960s he was a proponent of the young Bob Dylan. Seeger was responsible for turning the spiritual “We Shall Overcome” in to an anthem for the American Civil Rights Movement.
Seeger co-wrote songs like “If I Had a Hammer,” ”Where Have All the Flowers Gone?” and “Turn! Turn! Turn!” the latter of which was a huge hit for The Byrds in 1965. Seeger was inducted in to The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996 based on his influence on rock and roll artists. He won Grammys in 1997, 2009, and 2011. In later years Seeger’s work gained attention through Bruce Springsteen’s We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions album and subsequent tour.