Sunday 11 December 2016

Fred Hellerman, member of US folk quarter The Weavers, dies aged 89

Published 02/09/2016 | 22:30

The Weavers perform in a 25th Anniversary reunion concert at Carnegie Hall in New York (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
The Weavers perform in a 25th Anniversary reunion concert at Carnegie Hall in New York (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

A member of the influential folk music quartet the Weavers who went on to a lengthy career as a composer, arranger and songwriter has died. Fred Hellerman was 89.

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Caleb Hellerman said his father died on Thursday at his home in Weston, Connecticut, after a lengthy illness.

The Weavers were formed in 1948 by Hellerman along with Pete Seeger, Lee Hays and Ronnie Gilbert and helped popularise folk music in the United States with recordings including Goodnight Irene.

Hellerman was born in Brooklyn, New York, learned to play guitar while serving in the Coast Guard and teamed up with the other musicians while living in New York City's Greenwich Village.

He later produced the record Alice's Restaurant for Arlo Guthrie and worked with several artists over his long career.

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