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Pete Seeger

Pete Seeger (born May 3, 1919) is considered a major contributor to folk and protest music. His father Charles Seeger[?] was a musicologist and an early investigator of non-Western music.

He first met many important musicians such as Woody Guthrie and Leadbelly during the late 1930s and early 1940s after dropping out of Harvard, where he was studying sociology.

He was a founding member of the folk groups The Almanac Singers[?] and The Weavers[?]. The Weavers had major hits in the 1950s.

Pete Seeger started a solo career in 1958 (see 1958 in music), and is known for songs such as "If I Had a Hammer" (co-written with Lee Hays[?]), "Turn, Turn, Turn" (adapted from Ecclesiastes, and "We Shall Overcome" (based on a spiritual).

Pete Seeger is involved in the Clearwater group, which he helped found in 1966. This organization has worked since then to highlight pollution in the Hudson river and work at getting it cleaned up. As part of that effort, the sloop Clearwater was launched in 1969 and regularly sails the river as a classroom, stage and laboratory.



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