Folk singer, activist Pete Seeger dies

By: Associated Press Email
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NEW YORK - 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.

ABC News noted Seeger wrote classic folk songs such as "Where Have All the Flowers Gone," made famous by the Kingston Trio, and the civil rights anthem "We Shall Overcome."


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