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The TV Week article incorrectly said that Pete Seeger wrote "Little Boxes." Seeger performed the song, but Malvina Reynolds wrote it.
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Pete Seeger, a Force of Nature

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Written by Huddie Ledbetter, Pete Seeger, Fred Hellerman, Ronnie Gilbert and Lee Hays.Published by TRO - Folkways Music Publishers, Inc. (BMI)Audio courtesy Helene Blue Musique Ltd., Earth Music Productions, LLC

March 2, 10 p.m.

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'Everything Moved Around Him, but He Stayed Centered'

A sampling of what Seeger has done:

Rode the rails with folk singer Woody Guthrie

Worked with music historians John and Alan Lomax, documenting folk music for the Library of Congress

Served in the Army in World War II, initially repairing aircraft engines

Traveled with the Henry Wallace presidential campaign in 1948

Wrote an instruction manual on how to play the banjo

With the Weavers, topped the charts with hits such as "Goodnight Irene," "On Top of Old Smokey," "Kisses Sweeter Than Wine"

Called before the House Un-American Activities Committee; cited on several counts of contempt of Congress; found guilty on some of the charges, which later were dismissed on appeal

Took his family on an around-the- world trip to play/study music in 1962

Organized a revival of the Newport (R.I.) Folk Festival

Added verses to, and helped popularize, "We Shall Overcome"

Awarded National Medal of Arts, a Grammy and Kennedy Center Honors

Wrote "Where Have All the Flowers Gone," a sing-along memoir, with the third edition due out later this year


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