Written-By – Hellerman (tracks: A1, A3 to B1, B3), Hays, Seeger, Gilbert. Vanguard Everyman Classics reissue from the 1970's. Matrix, Runout (Side One (Etched)): XSV 124151-1D SRV 73001 A.
Fred Hellerman (May 13, 1927 – September 1, 2016) was an American folk singer, guitarist, producer, and songwriter. Hellerman was an original member of the seminal American folk group The Weavers, together with Pete Seeger, Lee Hays, and Ronnie Gilbert. He produced the record album Alice's Restaurant (1967) for Arlo Guthrie, played accompaniment guitar on scores of folk albums, and wrote a number of folk and protest songs.
Album · 2004 · 26 Songs. Roll the Union On. Pete Seeger, Butch Hawes, Holly Wood, Dock Reese, Lou Kleinman & Lee Hays. Pete Seeger, Fred Hellerman, Ronnie Gilbert, Lee Hays & Weavers, The. 2:59. 2:01. 2:56.
With the Weavers, whose other members were Pete Seeger, Lee Hays and Fred Hellerman, Gilbert helped spark a national folk revival by churning out hit recordings of "Goodnight Irene," ''Tzena Tzena Tzena," ''On Top of Old Smokey," ''If I Had A Hammer," ''Kisses Sweeter Than Wine" and "Wimoweh.
The Weavers were formed in November 1948 by Ronnie Gilbert, Lee Hays, Fred Hellerman, and Pete Seeger. In 1940 and 1941, Hays and Seeger had co-founded a previous group, the Almanac Singers, which had promoted peace and isolationism during the Second World War, working with the American Peace Mobilization. Following the dissolution of the band, Ronnie Gilbert toured America as a soloist and Fred Hellerman worked as a recording engineer and producer. The group was inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2001. In February 2006, The Weavers received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. Represented by members Ronnie Gilbert and Fred Hellerman, they struck a chord with the crowd as their struggles with political witch hunts during the 1950s were recounted.
Made up of Lee Hays, Ronnie Gilbert, Fred Hellerman, and Pete Seeger, the Weavers were part of a movement of socially conscious singers that began with Woody Guthrie (who, with Hays and Seeger, formed the Almanac Singers in the 1940s). This 1982 documentary captures a reunion performance at Carnegie Hall in the early 1980s of the now-aged Weavers, blending contemporary footage of the concert with background about the intemperate, intolerant times in which the Weavers first emerged.
Ronnie Gilbert, right, with her fellow band members, from left: Pete Seeger, Lee Hays and Fred Hellerman. Photograph: Everett/Rex Shutterstock. Gilbert was born into a Jewish immigrant family in Brooklyn, New York. Encouraged by the enthusiasm for the Weavers’ 1980 reunion, Gilbert returned to the concert stage, teaming up with the American feminist and peace singer Holly Near, who clearly regarded her as a strong female role model. She threw her head back and sang at the top of her lungs, Near said. Their albums together included Lifeline (1983) and This Train Still Runs (1996). In 1985 the two women, plus Seeger and Arlo Guthrie, toured and recorded under the name HARP