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Pete Seeger - 100% match to Paul Robeson

Genres: Blues Country & Bluegrass Folk Holiday & Seasonal
Decades Active: 1940s 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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3 May 1919, New York City, New York, USA. Educated at Harvard University, he is the brother of Peggy Seeger and half-brother of Mike Seeger. Pete Seeger’s mother was a violin teacher, and his father a renowned musicologist. While still young, Pete Seeger learned to play banjo and ukulele, and shortly afterwards he developed his interest in American folk music. Seeger t Read more

Tom Paxton - 94% match to Paul Robeson

Genres: Children's Music Folk Holiday & Seasonal Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Thomas Richard Paxton, 31 October 1937, Chicago, Illinois, USA. Paxton’s interest in folk music developed as a student at the University of Oklahoma. In 1960 he moved to New York and became one of several aspiring performers to frequent the city’s Greenwich Village coffee house circuit. Paxton made his professional debut at the Gaslight, the renowned folk haunt tha Read more

Odetta - 91% match to Paul Robeson

Genres: Blues Folk Holiday & Seasonal Jazz
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Odetta Holmes, 31 December 1930, Birmingham, Alabama. d. 2 December 2008, New York, New York. This legendary folk singer moved to Los Angeles when she was six, adopting the surname of her new stepfather, Felious. A classically trained vocalist, Odetta sang in the chorus of the 1947 Broadway production of Finian’s Rainbow, before opting for a career in folk music. Succes Read more

The Weavers - 81% match to Paul Robeson

Genres: Christian & Gospel Folk Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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This US folk group was formed in 1949 by artists with a background of traditional music, and comprised Lee Hays (1914, Little Rock, Arkansas, USA, d. 26 August 1981; vocals, guitar), Fred Hellerman (b. 13 May 1927, New York, USA; vocals, guitar), Ronnie Gilbert (b. vocals) and Pete Seeger (b. 3 May 1919, New York City, New York, USA; vocals, guitar, banjo). Previously, Seege Read more

Phil Ochs - 73% match to Paul Robeson

Genres: Folk
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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19 December 1940, El Paso, Texas, USA, d. 9 April 1976, Far Rockaway, New York, USA. A superior singer-songwriter, particularly adept at the topical song, Phil Ochs began his career at Ohio State University. He initially performed in a folk-singing duo, the Sundowners, before moving to New York, where he joined the radical Greenwich Village enclave. Ochs’ early work was Read more

Woody Guthrie - 73% match to Paul Robeson

Genres: Country & Bluegrass Folk Pop / Rock Spoken Word
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Woodrow Wilson Guthrie, 14 July 1912, Okemah, Oklahoma, USA, d. 3 October 1967, New York City, New York, USA. A major figure of America’s folk heritage, Guthrie was raised in a musical environment and achieved proficiency on harmonica as a child. Though his family was relatively prosperous during his early years (his father Charley was a land speculator), by the age of Read more

Lead Belly - 72% match to Paul Robeson

Genres: Blues Folk Music Theme Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Huddie William Ledbetter, 20 January 1889, Jeder Plantation, Mooringsport, Louisiana, USA, d. 6 December 1949, New York City, New York, USA. Lead Belly’s music offers an incredible vista of American traditions, white as well as black, through his enormous repertoire of songs and tunes. He learned many of them in his youth when he lived and worked in western Louisiana an Read more

Cisco Houston - 65% match to Paul Robeson

Genres: Folk
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Gilbert Vandine Houston, 18 August 1918, Wilmington, Delaware, USA, d. 25 April 1961, San Bernadino, California, USA. This folk singer is best remembered for his work as a travelling companion for Woody Guthrie, although his own recordings form a vital part of the folk revival of the 50s. Houston’s family moved to California in 1919. where he showed an early interest in Read more

Blind Willie McTell - 54% match to Paul Robeson

Genres: Blues
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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5 May 1901, McDuffie County, Georgia, USA, d. 19 August 1959, Almon, Georgia, USA. Blind from birth, McTell began to learn guitar in his early years, under the influence of relatives and neighbours in Statesboro, Georgia, where he grew up. In his late teens, he attended a school for the blind. By 1927, when he made his first records, he was already a very accomplished guitar Read more

Alan Lomax - 51% match to Paul Robeson

Genres: Blues Cajun & Zydeco Folk World Music
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Mississippi John Hurt - 51% match to Paul Robeson

Genres: Blues
Decades Active: 1960s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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John Smith Hurt, 3 July 1893, Teoc, Mississippi, USA, d. 2 November 1966, Grenada, Mississippi, USA. One of the major ‘rediscoveries’ during the 60s folk blues revival, Mississippi John Hurt began playing at informal gatherings and parties at the turn of the century, when guitars were still relatively uncommon. Although he worked within the idiom, Hurt did not rega Read more

Dave Van Ronk - 49% match to Paul Robeson

Genres: Blues Folk
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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David Van Ronk, 30 June 1936, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA, d. 10 February 2002, New York, USA. Van Ronk was a leading light of the Greenwich Village folk scene in the 60s, acting as a mentor to the young Bob Dylan. After a spell in the merchant marines Van Ronk became a professional performer in the mid-50s. Highly proficient on the guitar and banjo, his first lov Read more

Blind Willie Johnson - 46% match to Paul Robeson

Genres: Blues
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1990s 2000s
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c.1902, Marlin, Texas, USA, d. c.1947, Beaumont, Texas, USA. Blind Willie Johnson was arguably the greatest and most popular ‘sanctified’ singer to record in the pre-World War II era. His forceful singing and stunning guitar work ensured that he continued to sell records even into the Depression. His blindness has been attributed to many causes, the most likely bei Read more

Big Bill Broonzy - 44% match to Paul Robeson

Genres: Blues
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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William Lee Conley Broonzy, 26 June 1893 (some sources give 1898), Scott, Mississippi, USA, d. 14 August 1958, Chicago, Illinois, USA. Broonzy worked as a field hand, and it was behind the mule that he first developed his unmistakable, hollering voice, with its remarkable range and flexibility. As a child he made himself a violin, and learned to play under the guidance of an Read more

The Golden Gate Quartet - 42% match to Paul Robeson

Genres: Blues Christian & Gospel Jazz
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