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Folk singer, activist Pete Seeger dies in NY

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

NEW YORK (AP) -- President Barack Obama is paying tribute to Pete Seeger for reminding us where we come from and showing us where we need to go.

   Seeger, the veteran folk singer, died Monday night at age 94. The writer of "If I Had a Hammer" and "Turn, Turn, Turn," he welded his music to activism on issues of American workers and the disadvantaged.

   Obama said Tuesday that Seeger believed in standing up for what is right and moving the country closer to the America he knew it could be. He says Seeger used his voice to strike blows for worker's rights and civil rights, world peace and environmental conservation. The president says Seeger believed deeply in the power of song and also in the power of community.

NEW YORK (AP) -- American troubadour, folk music singer and activist Pete Seeger has died at a hospital in New York. He was 94.

Seeger's grandson, Kitama Cahill-Jackson, says Seeger died Monday night after being hospitalized for six days.

Seeger gained fame as a member of The Weavers, the quartet formed in 1948 and had hits such as "Goodnight Irene."

He continued performing and recording for six decades afterward and was still an activist as recently as October 2011 when he marched in New York City as part of the Occupy Wall Street protests.

He was onstage in January 2009 for a gala Washington concert two days before Barack Obama was inaugurated.

But in the 1950s, his leftist politics got him blacklisted and he was kept off commercial television for more than a decade.


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