Pete Seeger, legendary folk singer, dies at 94

By Gina DiFalco,

Pete Seeger, legendary folk singer, is dead at the age of 94. He died on Monday and his grandson, Kitama Cahill-Jackson, confirmed his death on Tuesday.

“He thought everyone could be heroic,” Cahill-Jackson told NBCNews. “He got the world to sing. I think he was a role model to his family, to the whole world.”

Some of Seeger’s most popular songs are "Where Have All the Flowers Gone," "If I Had A Hammer (The Hammer Song)" and "Turn, Turn, Turn!" His songs were used for Civil Rights protests, and he was an advocate for anti-Vietnam War movements as well as the labor movement.

According to Washington Post, he told the House Un-American Activities Committee in the 1950s, “I have sung in hobo jungles, and I have sung for the Rockefellers, and I am proud that I have never refused to sing for anybody. I have never done anything of any conspiratorial nature. . . . I love my country very deeply.”

Seeger’s legacy will live on as one of the best folk singers of his era, selling millions of albums and pioneering what the genre is today.

image: Wikimedia Commons

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