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Folk Sing, Political Activist Pete Seeger Dies At 94

Pete Seeger
Bryan Bedder

(AP) – Pete Seeger — who’s influence carried from Bob Dylan to Bruce Springsteen — has died. Seeger was 94.

Seeger was a folk singer and political activist for more than a-half century. He helped to make “We Shall Overcome” the anthem of the civil rights movement when he published it in 1948.

But his politics kept Seeger off of TV for more than a decade. He told the AP in 1996 he wanted to do more than entertain. He said he wanted to put songs on people’s lips rather than just in their ears.

Seeger’s family says he died at a New York hospital last night. His grandson Kitama Cahill-Jackson recalls Seeger had been chopping wood 10 days ago.

Seeger was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996 as an early influence. Ten years later, Bruce Springsteen honored him with “We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions.” A 90th birthday concert in 2009 featured Springsteen, Dave Matthews, Eddie Vedder and Emmylou Harris.

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