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Pete Seeger


1919

Pete Seeger was born.

1941

Pete Seeger and Woody Guthrie assemble the Almanac Singers.

1941

‘Songs for John Doe,’ by the Almanac Singers, appears on the Almanac Records label. The trio—Pete Seeger, Lee Hays and Millard Lampell—is joined on record by Josh White and Same Gary. Producer John Hammond had a hand in organizing and releasing the session, which appears in three 78 rpm records.

1948

Pete Seeger forms the Weavers with Lee Hays, Fred Hellerman, and Ronnie Gilbert.

1950

The Weavers score a double-sided hit with “Tzena, Tzena, Tzena” (#2) b/w Lead Belly’s “Goodnight Irene” (#1 for 13 weeks).

1950

Pete Seeger releases a 10-inch record called ‘Darling Corey,’ his first as a aolo artist and among the first releases on Moses Asch’s fledging Folkways Records.

1955

Carnegie Hall concert featuring the Weavers is seen as the beginning of the folk revival.

1957

As a result of his testimony during the McCarthy-era Communist witch-hunts, Pete Seeger is indicted by a federal jury on ten counts of contempt of Congress. Four years later, he is convicted on all counts and sentences to ten concurrent one-year prison terms. In 1962, the convistions are overturned on appeal.

1959

Pete Seeger leaves the Weavers after they record a commercial for Lucky Strikes cigarettes over his objections.

1961

Pete Seeger is signed to Columbia Records by his friend and A&R man, John Hammond. His first album for the label is ‘Story Songs.’

1963

Pete Seeger performs a historic concert at New York’s Carnegie Hall, which is recorded and released as ‘We Shall Overcome.’ It reaches #42 and remains on the album charts for 36 weeks.

1963

The Newport Folk Fetival, featuring Bob Dylan, Pete Seeger, Joan Baez and Phil Ochs, is held in Newport, Rhode Island. It is a defining moment in the folk-protest movement.

1964

“Little Boxes,” by Pete Seeger, enters Billboard’s Top 100. It is his one and only entry on the pop charts.

1969

Pete Seeger launches the restored sloop ‘Clearwater,’ which serves as his podium for advancing environmental issues over the next several decades. Among his pet causes is the cleanup of the Hudson River, and to this end General Electric is hauled into court for contaminating the river with PCBs.

1969

The antiwar “Marching on Washington” draws 500,000 protesters. Notable performers include Pete Seeger, Arlo Guthrie, Peter, Paul & Mary, and John Denver. Among the speakers are George McGovern, Eugene McCarthy, Coretta Scott King and Dick Gregory.

1975

‘Pete Seeger and Arlo Guthrie Together in Concert,’ a live collaboration between two generations of folk-music legends, is released. It will be followed by another, ‘Precious Friends,’ in 1982.

1980

The Weavers reunite after two decades for a pair of shows at New York’s Carnegie Hall, scene of their greatest triumphs. The edited performance is released as ‘Together Again,’ on Vanguard Records.

1989

‘The Complete Carnegie Hall Concert,’ an unabridged double-CD version of Pete Seeger’s historic ‘Carnegie Hall concert’ from 1963, is released.

1994

Pete Seeger receives the Presidential Medal of the Arts, the nation’s highest artistic honor, at Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

1996

Pete Seeger is inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at the eleventh annual induction dinner. Arlo Guthrie and Harry Belafonte are his presenters.

1997

Pete Seeger wins a Grammy Award for Best Traditional Folk Album of 1996 for his album ‘Pete,’ on the Living Music label.

2014

Pete Seeger dies at age 94.

Pete Seeger