Goodbye To Folk Music Legend Fred Hellerman

Singer, guitarist and songwriter Fred Hellerman, who was the last surviving member of folk quartet The Weavers, passed away in his home at 89 years old. Hellerman, who along with Pete Seeger, Lee Hays and Ronnie Gilbert helped usher in the folk music revival of the 1950’s that influenced generations to follow in the folk tradition. Paving the way for artists like Joan Baez, Bob, Dylan and Peter, Paul and Mary and others from the Greenwhich Village folk music scene, Hellerman and The Weavers’ songs helped inspire and open the door to the politically conscious youth movement of the 1960’s. As a guitarist, Hellerman went on to perform on albums by Joan Baez and Judy Collins, while producing a couple Arlo Guthrie albums, including his historic debut Alice’s Restaurant in 1967. Hellerman remained involved in the music scene over the next five decades through reunions with The Weavers, stints with Peter, Paul and Mary and his own solo recordings. His final public performance was in 2014 at the Lincoln Center Memorial Concert for the late Pete Seeger.