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The Weavers

The original Weavers consisted of Lee Hays, Pete Seeger, Ronnie Gilbert, and Fred Hellerman. They hit the top of the pop charts with their '45 of "Good Night Irene" in 1950, with "Tzena Tzena" as the B-side. The song stayed 13 weeks as number one on the charts and sold one million copies. 

Soon after this release, anti-Communist hysteria associated with the Korean War and growing Cold War began to take hold and The Weavers were blacklisted. Decca Records terminated their contract and deleted their recordings from their catalog. They were denied airplay and could rent most venues. They had difficulty getting royalties. Hays and Seeger were called to testify before the House Unamerican Activities Committee in 1955.

Here is a posted version of the film "Wasn't That a Time" on their work: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-KfjvVohAWM

Song Videos

Along the Colorado Trail RA: Farm p. 69
Banks of Marble RUS: Rich p. 180
Brother Can You Spare a Dime? RUS: Rich p. 180
Crawdad RUS: Outdoors p. 151
Darlin' Corey RUS: Mountain p. 145
Deep Blue Sea RUS: Sea p. 200
Deep Blue Sea (John Bell) RUS: Peace p. 159
Don't You Weep After Me RUS: Spirituals p. 208
Drill Ye Tarriers Drill RUS: Work p. 254
E-ri-ee RUS: Travel p. 232
Eddystone Light RUS: Funny p. 71
Every Night When the Sun Goes In RUS: Hard p. 100
Follow the Drinkin' Gourd RUS: Freedom p. 59
The Frozen Logger RUS: Men p. 137
Get Up and Go RUS: Time p. 223
Goodnight Irene RUS: Lullabies p. 132
Hay Una Mujer RUS: Struggle p. 215
Hush Li'l Baby RUS: Lullabies p. 133
I Know Where I'm Going RUS: Ballads p. 11
If I Had a Hammer RUS: Struggle p. 215
Jig Along Home RUS: Play p. 173
John B. Sails RUS: Sea p. 203
The Keeper RUS: Ballads p. 12
Kisses Sweeter Than Wine RUS: Time p. 225
Last Night I Had the Strangest Dream RUS: Peace p. 161
Lonesome Traveler RUS: Travel p. 234
Paddy on the Railway RUS: Travel p. 235
Pay me my money down RA: Seas p. 240
Roll On Columbia RUS: Farm p. 57
Round the bay of Mexico RA: Seas p. 240
Run Come See Jerusalem RUS: Sea p. 205
Si mi quieres escribir RA: Struggle p. 258
Sinner Man RUS: Spirituals p. 212
Sixteen Tons RUS: Mountain p. 149
So Long It's Been Good to Know Yuh RUS: Farm p. 57
Suliram RA: Lullabies p. 162
Two Brothers RUS: Peace p. 164
Tzena Tzena RUS: Creativity p. 27
Wasn't That a Time RUS: Struggle p. 220
When the Saints Go Marching In RUS: Spirituals p. 213
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