Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Pete Seeger 1919-2014



 Pete Seeger with Woody Guthrie, performing at the Music Inn in Lenox, Massachusetts, 1950 (Photo courtesy NPR)

 "I have sung in hobo jungles, and I have sung for the Rockefellers, and I am proud that I have never refused to sing for anybody." -- Pete Seeger

Pete Seeger with the Weavers -- Washington Square Blues

 

Pete Seeger had a television variety show in the 1960s called Rainbow Quest, filmed from studios in Newark, New Jersey.  Interestingly, the shows were broadcast on WNJU, better known as a Spanish-language station and today the flagship for Telemundo!

Luckily, many of these programs are available to watch on YouTube. Here's a clip of Seeger with BJ Reagon (from Sweet Honey In the Rock) and Jean Ritchie (aka 'the mother of folk):




In 1974, he recorded the first album for Sesame Street to feature new material not featured on the show. Here, he duets with Oscar the Grouch about, of course, 'Garbage':

1 comment:

  1. A great guy and I think he was censored and ostracized in the fifties. Like Mandela,
    now an Icon!

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