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.
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.”