Pete Seeger and Johnny Cash

The internet has been full of tributes to the great Pete Seeger who died earlier today. Here is one clip that I particularly liked where he appears with another of my favorite singers Johnny Cash. Together they sing a rousing version of It takes a worried man, getting the audience to join in, which is something that Seeger loved to do. He realized the power of music to bring people together and raise consciousness and that music was something you did, not just listened to.



  1. Cuttlefish says

    I’ve been hearing that this performance was special, in that Seeger had been blacklisted and could scarcely find work, and that Cash had been told not to have him on the show. Obviously, The Man In Black stood with the man on the blacklist.

  2. Ex Patriot says

    Two men who can never be replaced- Their music will live on far into the future. Thank you for the video

  3. Mano Singham says


    This performance was in 1970 and I am not sure how effective the blacklist was by then. But I am pretty sure that Cash was sympathetic to Seeger.

  4. colnago80 says

    Re #6

    Actually, the blacklist was pretty much over by the early 1960s when Otto Preminger gave credit to Dalton Trumbo for the script for Exodus and Kirk Douglas insisted that Trumbo be given credit for the script for Spartacus. I well remember the UnAmerican Legion picketing the ElRay theater on Wilshire Blvd. in LA when it screened Exodus because of credit given to Trumbo.

  5. colnago80 says

    Re #6

    I went to junior high school with the son of one of the lesser blacklistees, Paul Jarrico, who was a Hollywood screenwriter. Jarrico was given an award by the Screenwriters Guild in 1997 but tragically died in an automobile accident on his way home from the event on Mulholland Dr., not a thoroughfare one should be driving on after a few drinks.

  6. colnago80 says

    Re #8

    I should have added that Jarrico was driving home after dark. Mulholland Dr. is dangerous enough at night when one is stone cold sober.

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