Happy Birthday Pete Seeger!

Iconic folk singer, teacher and activist Pete Seeger turns 93 this year. Although he resides in New York, his work collecting and promoting folk music inevitably brought him to the state of Florida. In 1956, he recorded an album with Florida Folk Heritage Award winner William “Washboard Bill” Cooke. Later, he befriended the Father of Florida Folk himself, Will McLean.

This rendition of the McLean-penned “Osceola’s Last Words” was recorded May 21, 1977, at the Stephen Foster Memorial Center in White Springs, Florida. Stay tuned for a podcast of the complete performance later this month.

“Osceola’s Last Words”
[audio:http://fpc.dos.state.fl.us/memory/collections/folklife/blog/s1576_t-77-285_seeger_osceola.mp3|titles=Pete Seeger|artists=State Archives of Florida]
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  1. I was living in West Palm Beach Florida in 1970 when the Unitarian Church burned down. Pete Seeger performed at the WPB auditorium as a fund raiser to help us rebuild the church. What a man, what a performer, what a real human being. We will always remember him with love in our hearts and know that his music still lives within us.

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