I was 16 when I came to New York. I had graduated to a tenor banjo in the school jazz band, and it was kind of boring—just chords, chords, chords
Peter ‘Pete Seeger was born May 3rd, 1919 at the French Hospital, midtown Manhattan, New York. 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. 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.
Seeger was on of the folksingers most responsible for popularizing the spiritual ‘We Shall Overcome’ that became the acknowledged anthem of the 1960s American Civil Rights Movement, soon after folk singer and activist Guy Carawan introduced it at the founding meeting of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee in 1960. Pete Seeger died January 27th, 2014 in New York City following a short illness.