In Memoriam: Country Stars We Lost in 2014

A pop-country icon and the International Ambassador of Country Music were just a few of the legendary singers who died in 2014

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Pete Seeger
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Pete Seeger

Pete Seeger was a rebel, a revolutionary, an activist, a pop singer, a song collector and an educator. He was also, primarily, the nation's most vocal advocate of traditional American music throughout the past half-century. Seeger began singing in the early 1940s, embracing folk music long before it became widely popularized in the Fifties and Sixties, and continued to perform until his death at age 94. Although Seeger will first and foremost be forever remembered as a lifelong champion of folk music, he maintained ties to many of country's biggest stars throughout the Sixties and Seventies, including Johnny Cash, June Carter, Willie Nelson and the Stanley Brothers. "I lost my heart to the banjo," Seeger said of his first exposure to rural mountain music. "It was an exciting sound, and there was a kind of honesty in country music that I didn't find in pop music."

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