Pete Seeger, the legendary folk singer-songwriter and activist, died of natural causes at New York Presbyterian Hospital in New York on Monday. Pete Seeger was an inspiration to throngs of activist singer-songwriters and was a trail-blazer in contemporary folk music, according to a CNN report on Tuesday. Seeger lived to be 94 years old.
Of Seeger’s musical works, he is likely best known for such songs as “Where Have All the Flowers Gone,”
“If I Had a Hammer,” and “Turn! Turn! Turn! (To Everything There Is a Season).”
It was common knowledge that Pete Seeger used his folk music to express his political views. His views were most often of a leftist’s slant. He was the first in creating songs and issuing statements that were critical of the United States government.
Seeger had a 7-decades-long career in music by having started in the late 1930s. He started his music career by singing to classrooms for five dollars a day in 1939 when he couldn’t find a teaching job. In those days, five dollars was an awfully big amount of pay.