Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Heroic Folk Singer Pete Seeger Dies


It's sad news to hear that Pete Seeger died Monday at 94. This was a man that stood for everything good in the world & spent his life singing about it. I met Pete in 1969-70 when he was traveling with a young singer named Don Mclean before his hit “American Pie” landed on the charts at number one. Seeger was 50 at the time & I was a kid in awe of his greatness. I think my favorite Seeger hit was “Little Boxes” which was written by Malvina Reynolds in 1962 & became a hit for her friend Pete Seeger in 1963. When Seeger’s wife of 70 years Toshi Seeger died last year we suspected Pete would follow. President Bill Clinton described Seeger at a Kennedy Center Honors ceremony in 1994 as, “an inconvenient artist who dared to sing things as he saw them.” The news media sometimes called him a “pied piper of musical dissent.” When it came to LGBT equality Seeger was always an advocate. During the anti-Communist “Red Scare” of the 1950s, he was called to testify before the House Un-American Activities Committee stating, “I have sung in hobo jungles & I have sung for the Rockefellers & I am proud that I have never refused to sing for anybody. I have never done anything of any conspiratorial nature. . . . I love my country very deeply.”
Pete Seeger Rest In Peace….
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