PETE SEEGER’s Folk Roots Helped Forge Rock and Roll

PETE SEEGER’s Folk Roots Helped Forge Rock and Roll    While Pete Seeger, who passed yesterday at 94, may have been rooted squarely in the folk music tardition, there was definite overlap that spilled over into molding early rock and roll…from melodies, rhythms and even to protest lyrics. He had only one charting song on Billboard’s charts – ‘Little Boxes’in 1964 (#70), yet many of his songs were later covered by other artists

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  ‘Wimoweh’ was reconfigured by  Pete Seeger from this old South African folk tune, recorded first in America by Solomon Linda and group in 1939.  The only ones who made out on it were the Tokens, who had a No.1 hit – a song which literally ‘made’ their career happen.Sing along with Seeger here as he helps you out with the different harmony parts

 

SOLUMON LINDA & The Evening, 1939

 

The Tokens, here featuring Jay Siegal with the biggest version of ‘wimoweh’ which did help revive Pete Seegerand the Weaver’s career in the early 60s

  Pete Seeger’s early version of ‘Where Have All the Flowers Gone’

Peter Paul and Mary, though not having a hit with it, performed the song in concert as here.PP&M did have many

other hits on the pop/rock charts

 

The Kingston Trio had the big hit of ‘Where Have All the Flowers gone’ reaching #22 in 1962

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Pete Seeger , as he did with so many of his songs, refashioned old songs or lyrics as he did with ‘Turn,Turn, Turn,’ the Biblical verse  into a beautiful folk tune.

Roger McGuinn and the BYRDS came along and really updated the song enough to call it their own, in 1965, though it was Seger’s music. The Byrds reeped the seeds on this one, though, again, the song kept Seeger  in prominence.

Pete Seeger closes out the 2011 Newport Folk Festival.
Pete Seeger closes out the 2011 Newport Folk Festival.

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On ‘Morning Edition’: A look back at Pete Seeger’s life, from former NPR newscaster Paul Brown

Pete Seeger, “a tireless campaigner for his own vision of a utopia marked by peace and togetherness,” died Monday at the age of 94. As former NPR broadcaster Paul Brown adds in an appreciation he prepared for Morning Edition, Seeger’s tools “were his songs, his voice, his enthusiasm and his musical instruments.”

The songs he’ll be long remembered for include “If I Had a Hammer,” “Turn, Turn, Turn” and “Where Have All the Flowers Gone.” Paul is not just a newsman, but also a banjo player himself. Here’s more from his look back at Seeger’s long life:

“Seeger came by his beliefs honestly. His father, Charles Seeger, was an ethnomusicologist and pioneering folklorist whose left wing views got him in trouble at the University of California. Charles Seeger introduced his son to some of the most important musicians of the Depression era, including Lead Belly and Woody Guthrie. Seeger and Guthrie became fast friends, though they didn’t agree on all things. They crisscrossed the country performing together. … “As early as 1941, they found themselves blacklisted. Seeger was a member of the Communist Party in those early days, though he later said he quit after coming to understand the evils of Stalin. … “Following World War II and service entertaining the troops, Seeger teamed up with Lee Hays, Ronnie Gilbert and Fred Hellerman to form the astonishingly successful folk group The Weavers. …

Phil Everly of Top Music Duo Passes, Leaves Five Decades of Music, Memories

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PHIL EVERLY  IN LOVING MEMORY

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ENJOY ONGOING EVERLY MUSIC Courtesy of TropicGlen and the Boys!

4952435   Sweet Pretender.’a lesser known tune from the Everlys early days performed here solo on the Stephanie Lawrence program by Phil Everly during the 10 year ‘split’ (1973-1983)

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Another -big piece this time – of my heart gone with Phil Everly’s passing. We’re reminded with this how time moves very swiftly . Yet there were a lot of good times: seeing and hearing Phil in concert , the Boys in the spotlight now and again and on CD and DVD with new and old releases… the great Reunion concert, Wings of Nightingale under-appreciated comeback album and many others including solo projects and work with fellow artists that Phil (and Don) have given us. And, the strong Everly family will keep the musical candle burning no doubt as we’ve already seen with the September Everyly party. Ahhh. the music and memories live on – and so, thereby – does Phil. Listening to a steady stream of his music right now on Tunein and ‘Cliff Richard Radio. We’re also honoring you, Phil, as we can at our local site, http://OldieCountry.com and http://facebook.com/oldiescountry. We’ve seen an outpouring to our site from everyone from Brian Wilson to Duane Eddy, Linda Rondstadt to Carol King…and the many fans, young and older… There’s definitely sweetness in it all along with the bitter. But still and all, as Everly friend and fan, himself, Neil Diamond once wrote in a song, for Phil’s life it’s ‘Done Too Soon.’ We will continue to play Everlys = the greatest duo of all- music as long as we breathe, that’s for sure. It’s not goodbye Phil, just so long for now…Thanks for the music and memories you’ve left us. As one short but ‘right on’ news clip about Phil, noted: Phil (with Don) ‘helped draw the blueprint of rock’n’ roll in the 1950s and 1960s with a high harmony that captured the yearning and angst of a nation of teenage baby boomers looking for a way to express themselves beyond the simple platitudes of the pop music of the day….that touched the hearts and spared the imagination of rock and roll singers for decades , including the Beatles – who even at one time refered to themselves as ‘the English Everly Brothers…universally identifiable (music) featuring their twined voices with lyrics that mirrored the fatalism of country music and a rocking backbeat. Their career spanned five decades.’

EVERLYSThe Everly’s were unique – not pure rock and roll and not pure country. They were their own sound.Much like Linda Ronstadt notes, below, the Everly Brother’s ‘blood sound’ was something that you don’t get from non-related duos – and they werre one of the few going – and did it well -very well.  We knew the boys were getting on, like everyone, but we were impressed to see Phil come out recently to play on others’ albums and make some public appearances. Had no idea he was this sick.  Perhaps he was well aware and just trying to make go out with a little glory.  Don’t believe  there’d been much recording or touring of late.  We’ll learn more.  
The Everly Brothers were often omitted when one talks about rock and roll pioneers but they were really right there at the beginning , or close – 1957 just a year or two after the inception of rock and roll with Bye, Bye Love, Then I Kissed Ya, Ebony Eyes, Wake Up Little Suzie just to name a few and then a host of ‘forgotten’ tunes like Temptation, which we’ll play for you here and now.  We haven’t talked much of the Everlys of late…no reason not too.. they’re as good as it gets when it comes to sweet ballad rock and roll.  Here’s to you Phil…We won’t foget you in Oldies country as we’ll play our hearts out the next days and weeks – and on and on…

Phil Everly of Top Music Duo Passes, Leaves Five Decades of Music, Memories

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By Randy Lewis, Los Angeles TimesJanuary 3, 2014, 5:34 p.m.

Phil Everly, who with his brother, Don, made up the most revered vocal duo of the rock-music era, their exquisite harmonies profoundly influencing the Beatles, the Beach Boys, the Byrds and countless younger-generation rock, folk and country singers, died Friday in Burbank of complications from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, his wife, Patti Everly, told The Times. He was 74. “We are absolutely heartbroken,” she said, noting that the disease was the result of a lifetime of cigarette smoking. “He fought long and hard.” MORE

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Everly’s with uptempo version of TEMPTATION, 1983 around the time of their REUNION at ALBERT HALL,

 

 

A rare treat with the Everlys joining other harmony masters in Waikiki for a medley of their hits…

 

 

Phil Everly of Top Music Duo Passes, Leaves Five Decades of Music, Memories

 

Amazing number of  touching tributes from fans out there… Just on one persons You Tube page for the song ‘So Sad ‘ we have this sampling of comments…

So sad to lose Don.  As a teen we loved their songs for life.  You added so much that was special to our lives and always grateful!
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We have lost Phil. Fortunately Don is still with us.
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Don’t rush Don, that Marine is still with us. RIP Phil.
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I know this song came out before my time, but i love it!
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It is very typical of the quality work associated with Don and Phil Everly. Emmylou Harris also recorded a wonderful version which I have also uploaded.
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So sad.  RIP Phil.
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Bye Bye Phil thanks for the music mate love ya
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so sweet.
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Such amazing harmony in their voices ~ incomparable really … definitely one of a kind. Loved it then … love it still ;o)
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takes you back..wonderful days!
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So sad to see Phil passing ,  RIP               1/3/14
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#Ronnie-Bird-Couvertures / Middo39L’original ” So Sad “
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Such a sweet, innocent little song. . .

You can’t beat quality studio work and a great song. This wa

Phil Everly of Top Music Duo Passes, Leaves Five Decades of Music, Memories