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The Weavers, an American folk group, began in 1947 and consisted of Ronnie Gilbert, Pete Seeger, Lee Hays, Fred Hellerman, and often Erik Darling. The name came from an 1892 drama of the same name by Gerhart Hauptmann. They inspired the commercial "folk boom" that followed them in the 1950s and 1960s, including such acts as The Kingston Trio and Peter, Paul and Mary.

The group's first big hit was in 1949 with Leadbelly's Goodnight Irene, backed with the 1941… read more

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  • Watched a BBC documentary last night on American Folk, and was reminded of the Weavers. Almost by accident, they found themselves becoming a huge act, before the McCarthyism cut them down. Ledbelly died very shortly before they turned his Goodnight Irene into a national hit. They also gave Woody Guthrie about his only royalty cheque with "This Land is your Land". They were an important link between Guthrie's pioneering work and the Dylan-inspired folk revival of the 1960s. Some of their work now seems a bit kitsch, but they played their role - and Pete Seeger continued to roll on as a major artist.

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