American folk singer.
Autograph Musical Quotation Singed, four measures and the lyrics from his song “Where Have All the Flowers Gone,” in red ink on a mustard-colored sheet, measuring 17 inches wide by 8 ½ inches high, with a dried red/brown leaf in the lower right corner.
“Where Have All the Flowers Gone?” was written by Pete Seeger in October 1955, while on a plane bound for a concert in Ohio. Seeger has said that he got the idea for the song from a Russian novel, And Quiet Flows the Don by Mikhail Sholokhov, which references a traditional Cossacks folk song similar to the lines which inspired Seeger. The tune of the song is also adapted from a Russian folksong, “Koloda Duda.”
“Where Have All the Flowers Gone?” was published in Sing Out! In 1961. Additional verses were added in 1960. The song was popularized by the Kingston Trio in the 1960’s.
To a generation, “Where Have All the Flowers Gone,” with its wistful tone, haunting melody and perceptive comment on history (“When will we ever learn?”), was a protest song against war and other political and social issues of the turbulent 60s. In 2010, the New Statesman listed it as one of the top 20 political songs.
“Where Have All the Flowers Gone?” has been recorded by numerous singers and groups, including The Kingston Trio, Peter, Paul and Mary, Marlene Dietrich, The Searchers, Roy Orbison, Vera Lynn, The Brother Four, Joan Baez, Harry Belafonte, Dolly Parton. Seeger’s 1964 release of the song as a Columbia Records 45 single was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2002 in the Folk category.
Pete Seeger was a fixture on the nationwide radio in the 1940s. He had a string of hit records during the early 1950s as a member of The Weavers; the group was blacklisted during the McCarthy Era. In the 1960s, Seeger re-emerged on the public scene as a prominent singer of protest music in support of international disarmament, civil rights and environmental causes. A folk revival, inspired by his work kept Seeger at the forefront of music and politics, during an age of political involvement and protest against the Vietnam War.
Framed (with a tan inner mat and a brown out mat, with a photograph, in a maroon and gold frame) dimensions: 25 ¼ inches wide by 26 1/8 inches high.