American folk musician and activist Pete Seeger died Monday night aged 94. He passed away in a New York hospital where he’d been under treatment for six days.
Born in New York City on May 3, 1919, Seeger said he fell in love with folk music when he was 16. Some of the best known songs that he wrote or co-wrote are “If I Had a Hammer,” “Turn, Turn, Turn,” “Where Have All the Flowers Gone” and “Kisses Sweeter Than Wine.”
Ringo, Paul and many others perform at Beatle’s Ed Sullivan anniversary show
Many artists turned out to pay tribute on the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ American debut on The Ed Sullivan Show on Monday night. Rolling Stone reports that the L.A. Convention Center stage saw takes on Beatles classics by a variety of artists as part of The Night That Changed America: A Grammy Salute to the Beatles, set to air on CBS on February 9th.
Maroon 5 opened the show with covers of “All My Loving” and “Ticket to Ride” on a re-creation of the Sullivan stage, Alicia Keys and John Legend took to grand pianos to perform “Let It Be,” Katy Perry sang “Yesterday,” Imagine Dragons took on “Revolution,” Annie Lennox and David Stewart reunited as Eurythmics for the first time since 2005 to perform “Fool On the Hill,” Pharrell and Brad Paisley teamed up on “Here Comes the Sun,” Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl and ELO’s Jeff Lynne did “Hey Bulldog,” Lynne, Joe Walsh and George Harrison’s son, Danny covered “Something,” Grohl, Walsh and Gary Clark Jr. took on “While My Guitar Gently Weeps,” and Stevie Wonder played “We Can Work It Out.”
What followed were sets by Ringo Starr (including Carl Perkins’ “Matchbox,” the Shirelles’ “Boys,” and “Yellow Submarine”) and Paul McCartney (including “Magical Mystery Tour,” “Birthday, “Get Back” and “I Saw Her Standing There”). Starr then joined McCartney onstage for “With A Little Help From My Friends” and “Hey Jude,” the latter featuring most of the night’s performers returning as an informal chorus.