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12/28/2017

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Sorry for the delay, Thursday kind of snuck up on me, as my house is not on its usual schedule between Christmas Day and New Year's Day.

Thanks for sharing this! The first time I heard the Weavers - I think it was also the first I heard OF them - was on their reunion album, "The Weavers Together Again" (1981). A friend had the album and I listened to it while visiting.

I heard Pete Seeger back in 1984 when he did a benefit concert in Birmingham, AL. He performed "Wemoweh" that night and really bellowed it out strong and beautifully (he would have been about 65 at the time).

Pete also turned the audience into a beautiful choir, singing along with him - which was one of his great talents. I'm glad he had almost 30 years left at that time, because I really came to appreciate his contributions, and have missed him since he departed this life.

I may have to check out the Weavers at Carnegie Hall to get a flavor of those early years.

I'm somewhat partial to this kind of folk music, despite its "lack of authenticity," because I listened to a lot of it as a child. My sister and I had an uncle who must've known someone who worked at a radio station, as he was always passing radio promo records on to us. They were almost always folk and country-western albums (although I do remember a broadway cast album on clear blue vinyl -- Do I Hear A Waltz?), and I think that they were probably things his friend gave him but that he didn't care for. He tended to like the traditional C&W of the time: Jim Reeves, Buck Owens -- Eddy Arnold was his favorite, I recall.

We never had any Weavers' records but we did get things like The Kingston Trio, The Limeliters, and The Brothers Four -- mostly early to mid-60's stuff. I didn't hear the Weavers until much later on, but they obviously fit into this category.

They were pretty much the prototype of it, I think. The bloom is mostly off the rose of that genre for me, though I loved it in my early teens, when it was contemporary--not the Weavers but PPM et al. I appreciate the talent of many of them now but don't really enjoy most of the music very much. I appreciate Pete Seeger's role in bringing folk music to a wider audience. Mike Seeger's too, maybe more.

A big exception: Ian and Sylvia. Basically in the same genre, but to me more interesting and affecting.

Hey Mac, were you going to do a 52 Albums Complete List like you did for authors and movies? I've got a few friends who'd be interested.

Yes, I meant to but Haven't Gotten Around To It Yet. Maybe if I just do ten a day or so I can get it done fairly soon.

I'm not sure the other lists are entirely accurate, either.

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