A Tribute to Pete Seeger
Pete Seeger - who has died at the age of 94-years-young - was one of the most respected musicians and activists of all time.
In the 1950s he was a member of the chart-topping folk group the Weavers. Among the many hits he sang and played on were: "On Top of Old Smoky", "Kisses Sweeter than Wine", "Sloop John B", "Rock Island Line", "The Midnight Special", "Tzena, Tzena, Tzena" and "Goodnight Irene".
In the 1960s he was the writer or arranger/adapter of numerous songs that reached the music charts worldwide. Among the many songs he wrote, adapted or arranged were: "Turn, Turn Turn" "If I Had A Hammer", "Where Have All The Flowers Gone?" "Guantanamera" and "We Shall Overcome".
The last major recording by Pete Seeger was a digital single track. It was his version of the classic Bob Dylan song "Forever Young".
Typical of Pete - he did not record the song for his own personal benefit.
He recorded it to raise money for the Nobel Peace Prize-winning human rights organization Amnesty International. It was one of the tracks on Amnesty's 2012 album of Bob Dylan compositions titled "Chimes Of Freedom".
Pete was a lifelong activist for humanitarian causes so it was a natural part of what he did.
On his recording of "Forever Young" he was accompanied by a group of singing youngsters who he had been mentoring for the past few years - The Rivertown Kids. The project was instigated by longtime Amnesty activist Martin Lewis who produced the recording with Mark Hudson. Executive Producer for Amnesty was Helen Garrett. All three have expressed their hope that you will show your love for Pete Seeger by supporting Pete's work for Amnesty.
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As a measure of our love and respect for Pete Seeger - we hope that his final major Amnesty recording will continue to do what Pete wanted it to do - raise money for Amnesty International.
Pete and the Rivertown Kids (Photo by Gus Philippas)
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PETE SEEGER & THE RIVERTOWN KIDS
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