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Movement afoot to name bridge after Pete Seeger

Movement afoot to name bridge after Pete Seeger

GREENBURGH, N.Y., Jan. 31 (UPI) -- New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo snubbed, at least for now, a bid to name a bridge being built across the Hudson River for folk singer Pete Seeger, his office said.
GERRY HARRINGTON, United Press International
Pete Seeger, folk singer and songwriter, dies at 94

Pete Seeger, folk singer and songwriter, dies at 94

NEW YORK, Jan. 28 (UPI) -- U.S. folk singer Pete Seeger, who wrote "If I Had a Hammer," "Turn! Turn! Turn!" and "Where Have All the Flowers Gone?" died Monday, his grandson said.

Delbert Tibbs, exonerated while on Florida death row, dies

CHICAGO, Dec. 4 (UPI) -- Delbert Tibbs, who was sentenced to death in Florida in the 1970s only to be cleared of murder a few years later, has died. He was 74.
Fans wish Pete Seeger a happy 94th birthday

Fans wish Pete Seeger a happy 94th birthday

BEACON, N.Y., May 3 (UPI) -- Fans including the Library of Congress cheered and honored U.S. folk singer Pete Seeger, who turned 94 Friday.

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Friday, May 3, 2013.
By United Press International

Clearwater sees the next Mystic Seaport

KINGSTON, N.Y., Sept. 10 (UPI) -- A green group founded by folk singer Pete Seeger has teamed with a museum and city to turn part of a Hudson River harbor into a learning center, the group said.

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Thursday, May 3, 2012.
By United Press International
Police arrest Occupy Oakland protesters

Police arrest Occupy Oakland protesters

NEW YORK, Oct. 25 (UPI) -- Police arrested dozens of Occupy Oakland protesters encamped at a plaza near the California community's City Hall Tuesday and began dismantling the camp.
Occupy Wall Street protest holds teach-in

Occupy Wall Street protest holds teach-in

NEW YORK, Oct. 22 (UPI) -- The Occupy Wall Street protests in New York City moved to Union Square Saturday to bolster the 16th Annual Day of Protest to Stop Police Brutality event.

Folk music editor Irwin Silber dead at 84

OAKLAND, Calif., Sept. 12 (UPI) -- Irwin Silber, who helped spur the folk music movement of the 1950s and 1960s as editor of Sing Out!, has died at the age of 84, his son announced.
Pete Seeger to receive Gish Prize

Pete Seeger to receive Gish Prize

NEW YORK, Aug. 14 (UPI) -- U.S. folk musician and human rights activist Pete Seeger has been named the winner of the 2009 Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize.

Wind chime maker aids Hudson River cause

SHOKAN, N.Y., July 23 (UPI) -- A gift company started by a musician inspired by a landfill has created a wind chime supporting the ecology of New York's Hudson River, the company says.
GERRY HARRINGTON
18,000 attend Pete Seeger concert in NYC

18,000 attend Pete Seeger concert in NYC

NEW YORK, May 4 (UPI) -- More than 18,000 people turned out for a New York concert celebrating Pete Seeger's 90th birthday.

Seeger birthday party to help environment

NEW YORK, May 3 (UPI) -- Folk singer Pete Seeger says he agreed to celebrate his 90th birthday with a New York concert to benefit his environmental group.
Stars line up for Seeger's 90th B-day gig

Stars line up for Seeger's 90th B-day gig

NEW YORK, March 18 (UPI) -- Dave Matthews, Bruce Springsteen and Emmylou Harris have agreed to perform at a New York benefit concert celebrating Pete Seeger's 90th birthday.
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NYP2003052008 - NEW YORK, MAY 20 (UPI) -- Activist/singer Pete Seeger tunes his guitar on May 20, 2003 prior to taking part in commencement ceremonies for Columbia University Teachers College. ep/Ezio Petersen UPI
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Peter "Pete" Seeger (born May 3, 1919) is an American folk singer and an iconic figure in the mid-twentieth century American folk music revival 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 Leadbelly'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, 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 (The Hammer Song)," (composed with Lee Hays of The Weavers), 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 (1962), Marlene Dietrich, who recorded it in English, German and French (1962), and Johnny Rivers (1965). "If I Had a Hammer" was a hit for Peter, Paul & Mary (1962) and Trini Lopez (1963), while The Byrds popularized "Turn, Turn, Turn!" in the mid-1960s, as did Judy Collins in 1964. Seeger was one of the folksingers most responsible for popularizing the spiritual "We Shall Overcome" (also recorded by Joan Baez and many other singer-activists) 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 (SNCC) in 1960.

Seeger was born in French Hospital, Midtown Manhattan, the youngest of three sons. He came from a distinguished, prosperous family, which he described as "enormously Christian, in the Puritan, Calvinist New England tradition." His father, Charles Louis Seeger Jr. was a violinist and composer who had studied music at Harvard. His mother, Constance de Clyver Edson, also came from an excellent family, was a classical violinist and teacher, raised in Tunisia and trained at the Paris Conservatory of Music and the Julliard School. Soon after their 1911 wedding, the couple had moved to Berkeley, California, where Charles Seeger took up a position as professor of music. Facing opposition from his university colleagues, he became a pioneering ethnomusicologist, investigating both Native American and American folk music. In 1914, Charles Seeger, who had previously been apolitical, had a political awakening when he became aware of the lives of migrant workers in California. His subsequent left-wing activism, which included opposition to World War I, led to deteriorating relations with the university, and in September 1918, he took a "sabbatical"; the entire family, including a pregnant Constance, moved back to the Seeger family home home in Patterson, New York. His parents divorced when Seeger was seven. His stepmother, Ruth Crawford Seeger, was one of the most significant female composers of the twentieth century. His eldest brother, Charles Seeger III, was a radio astronomer, and his next older brother, John Seeger, taught in the 1950s at the Dalton School in Manhattan and was the principal from 1960 to 1976 at Fieldston Lower School in the Bronx. His uncle, Alan Seeger, a noted poet, was killed during the First World War. His half-sister, Peggy Seeger, also a well-known folk performer, was married for many years to British folk singer Ewan MacColl. Half-brother Mike Seeger went on to form the New Lost City Ramblers, one of whose members, John Cohen, was married to Pete's other half-sister, singer Penny Seeger, also a highly talented singer.

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