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Pete Seeger
Birth: May 3, 1919
Manhattan
New York County (Manhattan)
New York, USA
Death: Jan. 27, 2014
New York
New York County (Manhattan)
New York, USA

American Singer, Songwriter and Activist. Seeger's interest in music began early. His father Charles, was a musicologist and his mother Constance, was a violin teacher; both were on the faculty of the Juilliard School of Music. He learned banjo, ukulele, and guitar by his teens and became interested in American folk-music when he was 16. He began working with noted folk archivist and field recorder Alan Lomax before traveling around the country learning rural music. He attended Harvard University and served in the army in World War II. In the '40s, he became a friend and singing associate of Woody Guthrie before forming the Weavers, which became an enormously popular folk quartet that popularized such folk standards as "On Top of Old Smokey" and Lead Belly's "Goodnight Irene". In the '50s his sympathies with humanitarian socialism led him to be blacklisted by the House UnAmerican Activities Committee, however he continued to perform wherever he could. Seeger recorded for Folkways and signed with John Hammond and Columbia Records in the early 60s. A gifted storyteller and music historian, he brought to his audiences not just the songs but the stories of the people who wrote and first sang them. He wrote a number of folk standards including "If I Had a Hammer" and "Where Have All the Flowers Gone?". With the arrival of the Vietnam War protests, Seeger was rediscovered by a younger audience and in 1965, the Byrds had a #1 hit with his "Turn! Turn! Turn!". From the mid '70s on, he worked regularly with Guthrie's son Arlo, and crusaded for ecology with the sloop Clearwater, giving concerts along the Hudson River. In 1993, he was honored with the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and in 1994, he received the Presidential Medal of the Arts, as well as a Kennedy Award. In 1996, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as an early influence and later that year, he released his first new studio album in 17 years. Seeger toured and sung around the world and his music instructional books and records have inspired generations of self-taught musicians and folksingers. He died of natural causes. (bio by: Louis Mata) 
 
Family links: 
 Parents:
  Charles Louis Seeger (1886 - 1979)
  Constance de Clyver Edson Dowding (1886 - 1975)
 
 Spouse:
  Toshi Aline Ohta Seeger (1922 - 2013)*
 
 Siblings:
  Charles Louis Seeger (1912 - 2002)*
  Pete Seeger (1919 - 2014)
  Mike Seeger (1933 - 2009)**
 
*Calculated relationship
**Half-sibling
 
Burial:
Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend.
 
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Originally Created by: isabel
Record added: Jan 27, 2014
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Pete Seeger
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