Pete Seeger Dies; Legendary Singer/Activist Was 94

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Pete Seeger - a legendary singer, songwriter and social activist - died yesterday at New York Presbyterian Hospital. He was 94 years old.

The artist's grandson, Kitama Cahill-Jackson, confirmed this sad news to The Associated Press.

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Seeger played a significant role in the folk music revival of the 1950s and later penned protest tracks that included such hits as "We Shall Overcome," "Where Have All the Flowers Gone" and "Turn! Turn! Turn!"

Bruce Springsteen referred to the musician as "a walking, singing reminder of all of America's history," during a 90th birthday celebration in Seeger's honor at Madison Square Garden.

Seeger used the power of music to influence the labor, peace and civil rights movements. He wrote "The Hammer Song," for instance, to support this nation's progressive political movement.

The singer also belonged to a pair of bands, Almanac Singers and the Weavers, at various points in his career and inspired a generation of folk, such as Joan Baez.

She once remarked: "We all owe our careers to Pete Seeger."

Seeger's Toshi, whom he married in 1943, died last year. His survivors include son Danny and daughters Mika and Tinya Seeger-Jackson.

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