Tuesday, October 15, 2013
It is a true honor to welcome Pete Seeger to The Paul Leslie Hour. Enjoy the music and the interview.
On this episode we celebrate over 9 years since the first broadcast. Our special guest is a folksinger, songwriter, banjoist, recording artist and legend --Pete Seeger. Born in 1919, Pete Seeger met and performed with folksinger Woody Guthrie in 1940. Soon, Pete Seeger was inspired to write his own songs. In 1948, Pete Seeger formed the folk group The Weavers and the group sold 4 million record copies. They helped popularize Woody Guthrie's "This Land is Your Land," into the beloved song we know today. They recorded a version of Leadbelly's "Good Night Irene" that topped the chart for six months.
When the folk boom of the early sixties took place, groups like The Kingston Trio, the Byrds and Peter, Paul and Mary had hits with Pete Seeger songs like "If I Had a Hammer," "Where Have All the Flowers Gone?" and "Turn, Turn, Turn." Pete Seeger has definitely made his mark on the world. He has earned a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, a Harvard Arts Medal, the Kennedy Center Award, The Presidential Medal of the Arts, Two Grammys, and membership in both the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Many would say that Pete Seeger is arguably the most important living American folk musician. He continues to record and perform occasionally. Throughout his 70 year career he has recorded dozens of albums and influenced everyone from Don McLean to Bruce Springsteen. His songs have been recorded and performed by everyone from Harry Belafonte, Joan Baez, Roy Orbison, Bobby Darin, Dolly Parton, Judy Collins, Johnny Rivers, and hundreds of others. It is an extreme honor to present an interview with Pete Seeger along with musical selections.
Some of the recording artists who have recorded Bruce Burch's work include George Jones, Wayne Newton, Reba McEntire, Faith Hill, Aaron Tippin, T. Graham Brown, Billy Joe Royal, John Anderson, Gene Watson, Rhonda Vincent, Dobie Gray, Ricky Van Shelton, Barbara Mandrell, Billy Dean, Collin Raye, Dan Seals and others.
We feature an in-depth interview with Bruce Burch as well as a lot of great music.
Friday, October 11, 2013
This is the third episode of our series HIS SONG, Harry Belafonte. Our special guest Gina Belafonte is the producer of the documentary film SING YOUR SONG, which tells the untold story of Harry Belafonte.
Gina Belafonte was born and raised in New York City. Her background is in entertainment and activism, something she shares with her father Harry Belafonte. Harry Belafonte is known around the world for popularizing songs like Day-O, Jamaica Farewell, Jump in the Line, Matilda and many others as well as his acting and activism.
Our interview will focus on Gina Belafonte the activist and the film SING YOUR SONG which tells her father's story.
Along with the interview we play many classic Belafonte recordings from the 1960s and 1970s.
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