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The Weavers
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Musicians
    (1947-1963)
    Formed in Greenwich Village, New York City
    Original Members:
    Pete Seeger (May 3, 1919- )
    Lee Hays (March 14, 1914-August 26, 1981)
    Ronnie Gilbert (September 7, 1926- )
    Fred Hellerman (May 13, 1927- )
    Seeger left in 1958, replaced by Eric Darling (September 25, 1933- )
    Darling left in 1962, replaced by Frank Hamilton (August 3, 1934- )
    Hamilton left in 1963, replaced by Bernie Krause (December 8, 1938- )
    Recorded the singles ‘Goodnight Irene' (1950), ‘Tzena Tzena Tzena' (1950), ‘So Long (It's Been Good to Know Yuh)' (1951), ‘On Top of Old Smokey' (1951), ‘Kisses Sweeter Than Wine' (1951) and ‘Wimoweh' (1952)
    Recorded the albums ‘The Weavers at Carnegie Hall' (1956) and ‘Reunion at Carnegie Hall' (1963)
    Reunion of the original line-up was filmed for the documentary ‘Wasn't That a Time!' (1981)
    They were accused by fellow leftists of ‘selling out' because they did not record the more overtly political songs in their repertoire.
    Folk purists objected to their use of strings and brass on songs like ‘Goodnight Irene.'
    Anti-Communist protests outside their concerts became so frequent they had trouble getting bookings.
    They took credit for writing the song ‘Wimoweh' (which later became the hit ‘The Lion Sleeps Tonight') even though it was a version of the song ‘Mbube' written by South African Solomon Linda.
    They were victims of the McCarthy-era blacklist, which led to their original break-up.
    Their 1955 reunion at Carnegie Hall occurred only because the Hall's management was unaware of the controversy surrounding the group.
    They set the stage for the folk music revival of the early 1960s.
    Carl Sandburg wrote, ‘When I hear America singing, the Weavers are there.'
    When they received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Grammies (2006), Hellerman said, ‘You can outlast your enemies with your honor and your dignity intact.'

Credit: C. Fishel


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