Pete Seeger sings Bob Dylan’s ‘Forever Young’

Folk musician Pete Seeger pays tribute to Bob Dylan in a new cover of ”Forever Young” — and his fans are trying to make him the oldest musician to ever reach Billboard’s top music charts. If enough people buy the single, which supports Amnesty International, 92-year-old Seeger would surpass Tony Bennett, who holds the record at 85.


Pete Seeger. (Frank Franklin II/AP)

In an adorable music video, seeger sings “Forever Young” with the Rivertown Kids, a children’s choir with a commitment to social justice that Seeger mentors. The single is on the record “Chimes of Freedom: The Songs of Bob Dylan Honoring 50 Years of Amnesty International.” The record also features a diverse group of musicians, ranging from Carly Simon, Billy Bragg and Elvis Costello, to Ke$ha, Adele, Miley Cyrus and “Glee’s” Darren Criss.

Forever Pete is leading the campaign to make Seeger the oldest charted musician. “Pete turns 93 on May 3rd, 2012 - so let's do this NOW and give him a great birthday gift!” the site says.

Seeger doesn’t act his age — recently, he’s protested with Occupy Wall Street , singing protest songs and marching 40 blocks.

In the 1960s Seeger, a blacklisted performer, was a popular artist on the college circuit. Jacqueline Trescott reports that Smithsonian Folkways, the nonprofit label of the Smithsonian Institution, is releasing in April a live album of Seeger’s earliest known complete concert. “The Complete Bowdoin College Concert 1960,” 35 songs including “Michael, Row the Boat Ashore.”

Maura Judkis covers culture, food, and the arts for the Weekend section and Going Out Guide.

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