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Fred Hellerman, founding member of the Weavers


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Mr. Hellerman died Thursday at his home in Weston, after a lengthy illness, his son, Caleb Hellerman, said Friday.

The Weavers were formed in the late 1940s by Hellerman along with Pete Seeger, Lee Hays and Ronnie Gilbert. They helped to popularize folk music in the United States with recordings including “Goodnight Irene” and “On Top of Old Smoky.” The group disbanded after they were blacklisted by anti-Communists in the early 1950s, but performed again into the 1960s and then at a reunion concert at Carnegie Hall in 1980.


Link: Fred Hellerman, founding member of folk quartet Weavers, dies - SFGate

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Read the obituary in the Daily Telegraph and made a mental note to listen to some of their music. In my ignorance, quite intrigued that the US "counter-culture" was apparently alive and well 2 decades before the '60s.


Telegraph did also mention though that the Weavers were the inspiration for "A Mighty Wind"...

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He was the last surviving member of The Weavers, Ronnie Gilbert having passed away last year and Pete Seeger the year before. Truly the end of an era. I remember attending their concerts in Montreal many years ago at the old Her Majesty's theatre.

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