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Friday, January 31, 2014

Pete Seeger dies aged 94

Most people will know that the American folk singer Pete Seeger died on Monday this week.  Not much jazz connection there, I grant you, except that during the early part of his career, Seeger played tenor banjo in a jazz band.  However, his music is part of the soundtrack of the lives of many people who were young in the 1950’s and 60’s, and younger people will have heard his music as recorded by others.  He wrote Where Have All the Flowers Gone after reading the phrase by chance, and he is well known for such songs as If I Had A Hammer; We Shall Overcome; and This land Is Your Land.  Readers may remember that he sung the last mentioned song at the Inauguration of President Obama in 2009.  Indeed he contributed greatly to the American Civil Rights movement through his music, and was blacklisted for being a communist in the 1950’s, along with many a jazz musician I would guess, but other readers will know more about this than I do.
Perhaps it’s time to give some of his tunes the jazz treatment if this hasn't already happened.  If I Had A Hammer, maybe?
There’s a very comprehensive obituary online, from the Guardian.
Ann Alex  

1 comment :

Anonymous said...

Everything said and written about Pete Seeger since his death is absolutely true but I did hear a joke recently which said that folk music died when the performers realised that everybody already had a hammer.....

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