Pete Seeger, a folk singer, songwriter and political activist whose credits include “If I Had a Hammer” and “Where Have All the Flowers Gone?,” has died at the age of 94.
Seeger’s grandson, Kitama Cahill Jackson, told The New York Times the singer died Monday of natural causes at New York-Presbyterian Hospital.
Seeger’s record label, Appleseed Recordings, confirmed the singer’s death. Spokesman Jim Musselman released a statement saying, “Yes, Mr. Seeger has passed on. But nobody is truly gone until all those who are touched or influenced by that person are gone. So he will live on in the hearts and minds of so many for years to come.”
Seeger popularized the Woody Guthrie song “This Land Is Your Land,” the civil rights anthem “We Shall Overcome,” and penned The Byrds hit “Turn! Turn! Turn!,” which is based on a passage from the Book of Ecclesiastes.
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