Sunday, February 09, 2014

Remembering Pete- Part 6

Some classics:

It all started with The Almanac Singers and their pro-union songs (along with a lot of other "left-wing" songs.) Many of these are very dated now, living in a different world, but maybe it's essential to keep the awareness of what was important then may still be important today.

We can't forget The Weavers:

Here's their classic, Tzena, Tzena, Tzena:

Back in the days when Pete was blacklisted and unable to be on TV, "educational TV" gave him a chance with a series called Pete Seeger's Rainbow Quest. Here are a couple of videos from that. First, with Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee, blues/folk icons in their own right.

Here he showcases the remarkable Ramblin' Jack Elliot:

And now for a young Tom Paxton:

1970 with Johnny Cash:

This next one has been revived, again, by the Coen Brothers movie, Inside Llewyn Davis. Originally recorded in 1908 in the field by musicologist John Lomax as it was being sung by an African-American woman named Dink. Fare Thee Well (Dink's Song.)

Finally for today, a recording of Pete on his 90th birthday leading the audience in singing (of course) Amazing Grace.

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