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Pete Seeger

Question Of The Day: Clearwater's Coming . . .

by Morning Show

Since we are broadcasting Clearwater's Great Hudson River Revival Festival on the 21st and 22nd of this month, and because we kicked off the Clearwater Artist Of the Day with the late, great Clearwater Festival Founder Pete Seeger today, we thought we'd ask for some songs about the enviornment! Leave a few suggestions below and we'll play a few after 9AM.

Here's what we played:

Dar Williams "The Hudson"

John Prine "Paradise"

Marvin Gaye "Mercy, Mercy Me (The Ecology)"

Clearwater Artist: Pete Seeger

by Darren DeVivo
flickr.com/dokwan

What a wonderful life. Pete Seeger was a man for the ages. He was not just a singer, songwriter, activist and environmentalist, but also a national treasure and one of the most important figures in American culture. When Pete passed away back on January 27 at the age of 94, we all reflected back on the life of this great man. He lived a life of purpose, determined to improve the world we live in even if it meant alienating some people along the way. He was strong and fearless, driven to make this world a better and fairer place.

A Seeger Celebration - Sunday Breakfast - 2014

by John Platt
Joseph Schwarz

Pete Seeger, who died on January on January 27, 2014, would have turned 95 on May 3rd. The following day, the Sunday Breakfast aired "A Seeger Celebration," an updating of the 90-minute special I produced for Pete's 90th birthday. It's a tribute to Pete's life and music, with commentary from many of his admirers, such as Joan Baez, Roger McGuinn, Judy Collins, Peter Yarrow, Noel Stookey, Nanci Griffith, and Tom Paxton, as well as highlights of several interviews I did with Pete over the years.

Woody's Children: Seeger Songography

by Jeremy Rainer
photo by Jeremy Rainer

For ten years now, Bob Sherman has graciously let me put together our annual birthday show for Pete Seeger. I’ve had fun focusing on different aspects of his life’s work. Last year, for example, we revisited his wonderful live recordings from Carnegie Hall in 1963. The year before that, we followed Pete on an Occupy Wall Street march down Broadway.

Pete has been an immeasurable influence in my life, and I was very lucky to get to know him in his later years. May 3rd would have been Pete’s 95th birthday, and to celebrate his life, I thought it appropriate to explore his astoundingly rich catalog of recordings, stretching from The Almanac Singers in 1941, through The Weavers, right up to the 21st century.

A Seeger Celebration

by John Platt
Joseph Schwarz

Today would've been Pete Seeger's 95th birthday. Tomorrow on the Sunday Breakfast I'll have "A Seeger Celebration" - a 90 minute special with music and commentary from folks like Joan Baez, Roger McGuinn, Judy Collins, Tom Paxton, Nanci Griffith, Peter Yarrow, Noel Stookey, and Pete himself (drawn from several interviews we did over the years).

Woody's Children: Remembering Pete Seeger

by Bob Sherman
Pete Seeger, photo by Jeremy Rainer

Nobody, in or out of the arts, has had a greater influence on the positive elements in American society than Pete Seeger, whether fighting for peace, standing up to the blacklisters, helping clean up the Hudson, encouraging other folk musicians, bringing hordes of youngsters into the folk family, and letting all of us share his enduring hope for a better future. Pete coined the phrase "Woody's Children," was our guest on the very first broadcast in January of 1969, paid us many studio visits over the years, and has been the subject of birthday tributes for thirty years and more.

Question of the Day: Remembering Pete Seeger

by Corny O'Connell
Gus Philippas

Pete Seeger died yesterday at the age of 94. He was at the forefront of the folk revival of the 1950s and '60s. His music influenced generations of fans and musicians including Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen. Seeger, who lived in Beacon, New York, was a life-long advocate for environmental causes including the health of the Hudson River. He helped organize Clearwater's Great Hudson River Revival - the annual festival that helps to preserve and protect the river.

Pete Seeger - Words and Music - 2006

by Rita Houston
Pete Seeger, photo by David Bernz

From political anthems to children's sing-a-longs, Pete Seeger's contribution to music is immeasurable. In honor of his 87th birthday, we go back to 1995 when he visited WFUV to talk with me about Clearwater's Great Hudson River Revival.