The world lost a great man last night.
Folk singer Pete Seeger passed away at age 94 in New York.
For over 70 years, Seeger has been using his music to fight for social and political change including the labor movement of the 40s and 50s, the civil-rights campaigns and anti-Vietnam War protests of the 60s and environmental causes in the 70s and beyond.
From singing at rallies against the government to performing on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial at an inaugural concert for Barack Obama, Mr. Seeger has always stood up for what he believed in.
His most popular songs included If I Had A Hammer, Where Have All the Flowers Gone? and Turn! Turn! Turn! He recorded more than 100 albums over the course of his career and his body of work was covered by countless more artists, including Bruce Springsteen who released a tribute to the folk legend with his album We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions.
Pete’s granddaughter Moraya Seeger Jackson spoke about the legacy he leaves behind, saying:
"I think overall he will be remembered for his intellect and wanting to make the world a cleaner place. And he did that with his music.”
Rest in peace, Pete Seeger.
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