Pete Seeger About

Peter Seeger (3 May 1919 – 27 January 2014) was born in New York, New York and was destined for a life in folk music. He became a protege of Woody Guthrie and in time he became one of the most famous American folk singers. His father was Charles Seeger, a musicologist and prothselitizer of decidedly leftist political views. Seeger’s father and mother were faculty members at the Julliard School of Music. Seeger founded The Almanac Singers in 1940 and later joined The Weavers in the 1949, but that group ran into the buzzsaw of the Red Scare in 1955. The members were blacklisted by Sen. Joe McCarthy’s Senate sub-committee on un-American Activities as Communist sympathizers. Seeger made a comeback in the 60s with several folk songs supporting international disarmament, the U.S. Civil Rights Movement and environmental causes.

Seeger was a thin man, almost painfully so, but he had a strong tenor voice and a gregarious stage presence. He played the 12-string guitar and (his own modified, longneck) 5-string banjo. He sang topical songs, children’s songs, humorous tunes and earnest anthems, and was always encouraging his audience to sing along. His social views were always to the left: He sang for the labor movement in the 40s and 50s, for civil rights and for an end to the Vietnam War in the 60s, and for environmental and international human rights from the 70s until his death.

Seeger was a mentor to Bob Dylan, Joan Baez and Don McClean. He eschewed stardom, seeing himself as part of a continuing folk music tradition, constantly recycling and revising music that had been honed by time.

Seeger has been named as a major influencer of many artisits, including Bruce Springsteen, Arlo Guthrie and Peter Yarrow (of Peter, Paul and Mary). He won a room full of awards that include the Harvard Arts Medal, the National Medal of Arts, five Grammy awards, induction into the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame and the Kennedy Center Honor.

About his leftist social views, Seeger has said this:

I’m still a communist in the sense that I don’t believe the world will survive with the rich getting richer and the poor getting poorer. I think the pressures will get so tremendous that the social contract will just come apart.

Pete Seeger Lyricsby Popularity

1 Skip to My Lou Pete Seeger 101 2 The Erie Canal Pete Seeger 86 3 Study War No More (Down By The Riverside) Pete Seeger 79 4 Step by Step Pete Seeger 69 5 If You Miss Me at the Back of the Bus Pete Seeger 67 6 Buffalo Gals Pete Seeger 63 7 Guantanamera Pete Seeger 62 8 Guantanamera Pete Seeger 62 9 You Are My Sunshine Pete Seeger 62 10 Oh How He Lied Pete Seeger 62 11 Cotton Mill Colic Pete Seeger 62 12 70 Miles Pete Seeger 60 13 I Have A Rabbit Pete Seeger 60 14 No More Auction Block Pete Seeger 59 15 Hard Times in the Mill Pete Seeger 58 16 Oh, Susanna! Pete Seeger 57 17 Little Boxes Pete Seeger 57 18 Where Have All the Flowers Gone? Pete Seeger 56 19 We'll All Be A-Doubling Pete Seeger 56 20 Froggie Went A-Courtin' Pete Seeger 56 21 Mao Tse Tung Pete Seeger 56 22 Going Across the Mountains Pete Seeger 55 23 Beans, Bacon & Gravy Pete Seeger 55 24 Quite Early Morning Pete Seeger 55 25 Tomorrow Is A Highway Pete Seeger 54 26 Yankee Doodle Pete Seeger 53 27 My Land Is A Good Land Pete Seeger 53 28 Hole In The Bucket Pete Seeger 52 29 Talking Union Pete Seeger 51 30 Mail Myself to You Pete Seeger 51 31 The Blind Fiddler Pete Seeger 51 32 Clementine Pete Seeger 50 33 I've Been Working On the Railroad Pete Seeger 50 34 Cement Octopus Pete Seeger 50 35 Talking Atom Pete Seeger 50 36 Gee But I Want To Go Home Pete Seeger 50 37 Sweet Betsy From Pike Pete Seeger 50 38 The Farmer Is the Man Pete Seeger 50 39 Home On The Range Pete Seeger 49 40 Bourgeois Blues Pete Seeger 49 41 Swing Low, Sweet Chariot Pete Seeger 48 42 Bells Of Rhymney Pete Seeger 48 43 He Lies in the American Land Pete Seeger 48 44 Fare Ye Well, Old Ely Branch Pete Seeger 48 45 Strange Death Of John Doe Pete Seeger 48 46 Passing Through Pete Seeger 47 47 One Grain of Sand Pete Seeger 47 48 My Dirty Stream (The Hudson River Song) Pete Seeger 47 49 America the Beautiful Pete Seeger 47 50 Around And Around Old Joe Clark Pete Seeger 47 51 Black Girl Pete Seeger 46 52 Down In The Valley Pete Seeger 46 53 The Willing Conscript Pete Seeger 46 54 Windy Old Weather Pete Seeger 46 55 Waist Deep in the Big Muddy Pete Seeger 45 56 Crow on the Cradle Pete Seeger 45 57 Last Night I Had the Strangest Dream Pete Seeger 45 58 Barbara Allen Pete Seeger 45 59 The Wabash Cannonball Pete Seeger 44 60 This Land Is Your Land Pete Seeger 44 61 Old Devil Time Pete Seeger 44 62 A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall Pete Seeger 44 63 Who Killed Norma Jean? Pete Seeger 43 64 Deep Blue Sea Pete Seeger 42 65 My Children are Seven in Number Pete Seeger 42 66 Take It From Dr. King Pete Seeger 42 67 On Top of Old Smoky Pete Seeger 41 68 America the Beautiful Pete Seeger 41 69 Wasn't That a Time Pete Seeger 41 70 Over the Hills Pete Seeger 41 71 Come All You Hardy Miners Pete Seeger 41 72 Talking Atom Pete Seeger 40 73 Danville Girl Pete Seeger 40 74 Harry Simms Pete Seeger 40 75 Empty Pocket Blues Pete Seeger 38 76 Who Killed Norma Jean? Pete Seeger 38 77 My Father's Mansion's Many Rooms Pete Seeger 37 78 The Trip We Took Over the Mountains Pete Seeger 36 79 All Mixed Up Pete Seeger 35 80 Passing Through Pete Seeger 35 81 She Moves Through the Fair Pete Seeger 33