“I keep reminding people that an editorial in rhyme is not a song. A good song makes you laugh, it makes you cry, it makes you think.”Pete Seeger
Pete Seeger was an iconic American folk singer, as well as a political and environmental activist. He started his career in the 1940’s and had a series of hit records in the 1950’s as a member of The Weavers. “Where Have All the Flowers Gone?” is one of Seeger’s most well known compositions and has been covered and popularized by many artists including Peter, Paul and Mary, The Brothers Four, Dolly Parton and Annie Lennox, as well as himself. Another Seeger classic is “Guantanamera”, a Top 10 hit in 1966 by The Sandpipers, which is Seeger’s adaptation of a poem by Cuban writer Jose Marti. The song has since been recorded by dozens of artists and has become an international sing-along staple. Bruce Springsteen recorded Seeger’s “Jacob’s Ladder” and “My Oklahoma Home” for his Pete Seeger tribute album We Shall Overcome.
Seeger was awarded the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1993, the Kennedy Center Lifetime Achievement Honor in 1994, and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996.