Trib­utes to Everly and Seeger

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Trib­utes have poured in for two gui­tar tot­ing mu­si­cal gi­ants of the 20th century, Phil Everly and Pete Seeger, who both died re­cently, aged 74 and 94 re­spec­tively. Both made a mas­sive im­pact on pop­u­lar mu­sic: Phil as half of the hugely in­flu­en­tial and suc­cess­ful Everly Broth­ers (his brother Don be­ing the other es­sen­tial half); and Pete as a pi­o­neer­ing Amer­i­can folk singer whose so­cial con­science in­flu­enced count­less singer­song­writ­ers in­clud­ing Bob Dy­lan, Joan Baez and Billy Bragg. The Everly Broth­ers had a se­ries of gor­geous close-har­mony hits in­clud­ing Bye Bye Love, Wake Up Lit­tle Suzie and All I Have To Do Is Dream, and Pete will al­ways be re­mem­bered for his time­less songs Where Have All The Flow­ers Gone, Turn Turn Turn, If I Had A Ham­mer, and We Shall Over­come.

Phil Everly died on Jan­uary 3, fol­low­ing com­pli­ca­tions as­so­ci­ated with chronic pul­monary dis­ease, fol­low­ing a life­time of heavy smok­ing, while Pete Seeger died peace­fully in his sleep on Jan­uary 27 af­ter be­ing ad­mit­ted to New York’s Pres­by­te­rian Hospi­tal a few days ear­lier.

Phil’s brother Don said: “The world might be mourn­ing an Everly Brother, but I’m mourn­ing my brother Phil Everly.’’

“It’s a ter­ri­ble, ter­ri­ble loss - for me, for ev­ery­body,” added gui­tar pioneer Duane Eddy.

“Phil Everly was one of my great he­roes,” said Paul McCart­ney. “With his brother Don, they were one of the ma­jor in­flu­ences on The Bea­tles. When John and I first started to write songs, I was Phil and he was Don.”

“I feel like a huge piece of my

Pete tow­ered over the folk scene like a mighty red­wood for 75 years. His songs will be sung wher­ever people strug­gle.

youth just melted away. I loved those guys, and still do,” said Brian May. “I never met them. Wish I had. But they will al­ways be my he­roes. I have tears in my eyes.”

Billy Bragg com­mented on Seeger’s life on Twit­ter: “Pete tow­ered over the folk scene like a mighty red­wood for 75 years. He trav­elled with Woody Guthrie in the 1940s, stood up to Joe McCarthy in the 50s, marched with Dr Martin Luther King in the 60s. His songs will be sung wher­ever people strug­gle for their rights. We shall over­come.”

BBC ra­dio host Mark Rad­cliffe added: “Pete Seeger re­peat­edly put his ca­reer, his rep­u­ta­tion and his per­sonal se­cu­rity on the line so that he could play his sig­nif­i­cant mu­si­cal part in cam­paigns for civil rights, en­vi­ron­men­tal aware­ness and peace. He leaves be­hind a canon of songs that are both es­sen­tial and true, and his con­tri­bu­tion to folk mu­sic will be felt far into the fu­ture.” RI P Phil and Pete – you will be missed!

Pete Seeger: leg­endary folk pioneer

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