Peter LaFarge

Genres: Country & Bluegrass Folk
Decades Active: 1960s 1990s

Biography

30 April 1931, Fountain, Colorado, USA, d. 27 October 1965, New York City, New York, USA. The adopted son of Pulitzer Prize-winning author Oliver La Farge, he was a noted dramatist and painter, as well as an accomplished performer. In his early years he balanced singing with rodeo riding, but a serious injury curtailed his aspirations for a career in the latter. Folk singer Cisco Houston first guided the aspiring musician’s skills, which flourished in the 50s following LaFarge’s active service in the Korean War. Of Narragansett Indian heritage, LaFarge became a tireless champion of the oppressed, although his most famous composition, ‘The Ballad Of Ira Hayes’, a forthright indictment of the plight of the native American, achieved popularity through a sympathetic and commercially successful cover version by Johnny Cash. LaFarge also acted as a contributing editor to the radical Broadside magazine, and spent time in the company of Pete Seeger,...

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