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The Weavers in the early 1950s,

clockwise from right:

Fred Hellerman,

Pete Seeger,

Lee Hays

and Ronnie Gilbert.

 

Fred Hellerman, Last of the Weavers Folk Group, Dies at 89

By WILLIAM GRIMES        NYT        SEPT. 2, 2016

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/03/
arts/music/fred-hellerman-last-of-the-weavers-folk-group-dies-at-89.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fred Hellerman        USA        1927-2016

 

 

(...) singer,

guitarist and songwriter

and the last surviving member

of the Weavers,

the quartet

that in the 1950s

helped usher in

the folk music revival

 

(...)

 

With songs like

“If I Had a Hammer,”

“Goodnight Irene”

and “Kisses Sweeter Than Wine,”

the Weavers

brought folk music

to a mass audience,

paving the way for singers

like Joan Baez, Bob Dylan

and Peter, Paul and Mary,

who galvanized a young,

politically conscious

audience in the 1960s.

 

Mr. Hellerman’s

mellow baritone,

rock-steady guitar

and songwriting talent

made him

a pillar of the group,

whose other members

were Pete Seeger,

Lee Hays

and Ronnie Gilbert.

 

Mr. Hays died in 1981,

Mr. Seeger in 2014

and Ms. Gilbert in 2015.

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/03/
arts/music/fred-hellerman-last-of-the-weavers-folk-group-dies-at-89.html

 

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/03/
arts/music/fred-hellerman-last-of-the-weavers-folk-group-dies-at-89.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ronnie Gilbert (born Ruth Alice Gilbert)        USA        1926-2015

 

Ronnie Gilbert ('s)

crystalline,

bold contralto

provided

distaff ballast

for the Weavers,

the seminal quartet

that helped propel

folk music

to wide popularity

and establish its power

as an agent

of social change

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/07/
arts/music/ronnie-gilbert-folk-singer-for-the-weavers-dies-at-88.html

 

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/07/
arts/music/ronnie-gilbert-folk-singer-for-the-weavers-dies-at-88.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Weavers        USA

 

Ronnie Gilbert,

Pete Seeger,

Lee Hays

and Fred Hellerman

 

 

The Weavers (...)

started playing together

in the late 1940s.

 

Like-minded musicians

with progressive

political views,

they performed

work songs,

union songs

and gospel songs,

and became known

for American folk standards

like “On Top of Old Smoky,”

“Goodnight, Irene”

(first recorded

by the blues singer

Lead Belly),

Woody Guthrie’s

“So Long,

It’s Been Good to Know Yuh”

and “The Hammer Song”

(a.k.a. “If I Had a Hammer”)

by Mr. Seeger

and Mr. Hays,

as well as songs

from other cultures,

including “Wimoweh”

from Africa

and “Tzena Tzena Tzena,”

a Hebrew song

popular in Israel

(though it was written

before Israel

was established in 1948).

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/07/arts/music/ronnie-gilbert-folk-singer-for-the-weavers-dies-at-88.html

 

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/03/
arts/music/fred-hellerman-last-of-the-weavers-folk-group-dies-at-89.html

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/07/
arts/music/ronnie-gilbert-folk-singer-for-the-weavers-dies-at-88.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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