(May 3, 1919-January 27, 2014)
Member of The Weavers (1948-1958)
Albums include 'The Weavers at Carnegie Hall (1956),' 'Gazette (1958),' 'Indian Summer (1961),' 'The Bitter and the Sweet (1962),' 'Broadside Ballads (1963),' 'Children's Concert at Town Hall (1963),' 'Broadsides (1964),' 'In Prague 1964 (1964),' 'Abiyoyo (1967),' 'Rainbow Race (1973),' 'Circles and Seasons (1979),' 'Singalong Demonstration Concert (1980),' 'Stories and Songs for Little Children (1994)' and 'American Folk Songs for Children (2004)'
Songs include 'We Shall Overcome,' 'Where Have All the Flowers Gone?,' 'If I Had a Hammer,' 'The Water is Wide,' 'Turn! Turn! Turn! (For Everything There Is a Season),' 'Kisses Sweeter Than Wine,' 'Wimoweh,' 'Goodnight, Irene' and 'On Top of Old Smoky'
Why he might be annoying
He was brash and outspoken.
His music promoted a left-wing political agenda.
Fidel Castro gave him an award.
Some activists in the fifties and sixties thought he was too quaint and gentle for 'the cause.'
He dropped out of Harvard.
He once tried to wreck the soundboard at a Bob Dylan show because he hated electrified music.
Why he might not be annoying
He loved children.
He was friends with Martin Luther King, Jr., Woody Guthrie and Cesar Chavez.
The FBI spied on him because of his liberal views.
He made Senator Joe McCarthy's famous blacklist.
His song 'We Shall Overcome' became a theme song for civil rights and equality.
He said: 'Anybody who wants to learn everything is pretty stupid.'
Credit: Wieland Kalligaro
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Year In Review:
For 2017, as of last week, Out of 16 Votes: 68.75% Annoying
In 2016, Out of 14 Votes: 64.29% Annoying
In 2015, Out of 24 Votes: 25.00% Annoying
In 2014, Out of 168 Votes: 52.38% Annoying
In 2013, Out of 42 Votes: 52.38% Annoying
In 2012, Out of 88 Votes: 77.27% Annoying
In 2011, Out of 59 Votes: 72.88% Annoying
In 2010, Out of 120 Votes: 49.17% Annoying
In 2009, Out of 811 Votes: 39.95% Annoying
In 2008, Out of 120 Votes: 30.83% Annoying
In 2007, Out of 129 Votes: 47.29% Annoying
In 2006, Out of 169 Votes: 49.11% Annoying
In 2005, Out of 306 Votes: 45.10% Annoying
In 2004, Out of 142 Votes: 45.77% Annoying
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