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Folk legend Pete Seeger dies

NEW YORK – The Hudson Valley and the music world lost a giant Monday night.  Pete Seeger of Beacon died at age 94, according to the Associate Press quoted his grandson Kitama Cahill-Jackson, said he died at New York Presbyterian Hospital.

Seeger, who was the driving force behind construction of the Sloop Clearwater and its vision, was a familiar face around the Mid-Hudson, appearing at environmental events, always with his iconic banjo.

He was a musician, environmentalist and pacifist.  Some of his early activism led to his being blacklisted in the 1950s and 1960s.  He later marched with Dr. Martin Luther King. 

Among the many songs he wrote or co-wrote were “We Shall Overcome”, “Turn, Turn, Turn,” “If I Had a Hammer,” and “Where Have All the Flowers Gone.”

In a June 2012 interview on MidHudsonNews.com, he talked of peace.

“I tell folks songs won’t save the world, but they help bring people together and bringing people together will save the world.”

Seeger’s wife, Toshi, who he married in 1943, died at age 91 last July.