Originally posted by Grampy Bobby
[b]"Folk singer, activist Pete Seeger dies at 94
"Published January 28, 2014 Associated Press NEW YORK – Pete Seeger, the banjo-picking troubadour who sang for migrant workers, college students and star-struck presidents in a career that introduced generations of Americans to their folk music heritage, died Monday at the age of 94. Seeger's gran ...[text shortened]... "
Yes, he was a great man! I had the privilege of opening for him at Will Geer's ranch where Will put on concerts of all kinds, Will Geer was a great man also (He was an actor, grandpa on the Waltons but was also a folksinger and songwriter, probably his most famous song was 'Lemon Tree' which was recorded by Peter Paul and Mary in the 1960's)
So anyway Will asked me to play just before Pete came on, it was a bit of a rush, there was a gap in the playing schedule and they knew I played in a local Irish band, so went on totally unprepared but played some guitar tunes and everyone liked the tunes.
The concert was one honoring Woody Guthrie so Pete sang some Guthrie songs, This land is your land and so forth.
It was a great honor to have played on the same venue as Pete Seeger.
I also met Pete in Nebraska 10 years earlier when he played there and was friends with Roger Welsch who recorded a record there called "Sweet Nebraska Land', I still have the vinyl! So after the concert, Roger told me he was going to a local pub and I was invited. I was all of 21 at that time so I was eager to go, to say the least! I brought my guitar, a D12-20 Martin 12 string, and Pete played it and taught me his tune 'Living in the country', a 12 string guitar piece. We had a great time at that pub, we were there till 3 in the morning! A great time was had by all! Pete was a great man!
I remember the first time I heard him, I was 16, at a friends house, and they had a local FM radio show playing folk music and it was the Weavers, the group Pete Seeger, Lee Hays, Fred Hellerman, and Ronnie Gilbert (Lee and Pete founded the group)
I fell instantly in love with the Weavers and soon had all their records!
So a few years later I saw he was playing near my home in Escondido California, a San Diego High School auditorium concert.
I saw him on TV a couple of days before the concert and you probably know Pete and the Weavers were on the blacklist of the House unamerican activity bunch in the 60's, even though they had a couple of number one hits on the radio, I think Goodnight Irene and On top of old Smokey I believe are the ones that made number 1.
So on the TV show, Pete said he was asked to sign a 'non-communist affidavit' and he refused, saying he had been signing that document ever since they had been blackballed by Congress, having signed it a dozen times or so.
I was thrilled he stood up for himself and went to that concert and it was one of the greatest shows I personally ever attended.
He was a GREAT performer, playing his famous 5 string banjo and his huge 12 string guitar (when we met at that pub in Nebraska, he played my 12 string and said, 'nice, but a little small' 🙂 (his 12 string was more like the size of a guitarron played by Mariachi players!)
I will never forget the power in his voice and personality, a truly great man.