Reviving the Folk Reviver: Grassroots Movement Aims to Make Pete Seeger the Oldest Person to Reach Music Charts (Video)

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by Maggie Lange
March 21, 2012 4:08 PM
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Pete Seeger and Bob Dylan, 1964. Jim Marshall Photography.
At age 92, legendary folksinger and Bob Dylan mentor Pete Seeger has much to be proud of.  He served as an instrumental force in the American folk revival, influenced a generation of young singers in the 60s, and penned a number of American staples including "Turn! Turn! Turn!," "If I Had a Hammer," and "Where Have All the Flowers Gone?"

The grassroots campaign www.ForeverPete.com aims to honor the Father of Folk and ardent human rights activist by propelling him back to the music charts.  This would make Seeger the oldest musician on the list, overtaking the current record-holder, Tony Bennett (85 in 2011). Forever Pete takes its model from the fan-based endeavor that succeeded in procuring Betty White's hosting gig on "Saturday Night Live" in 2010.

The song to take back the charts will be Seeger's cover of Dylan's "Forever Young," celebrating the 50th anniversary of the singer/songwriter's first album. A clip of Seeger intoning the ballad is posted below, along with a mini-documentary on the recording process. Seeger sings with the Rivertown Kids, eighteen young backups ages 9 to 13 whom Seeger mentors from his home village of Beacon, New York. Moneys made from the track benefit a longtime Seeger-supported human rights organization, Amnesty International, which also celebrates its 50th anniversary this year.
 

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