Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul and Mary pays tribute to the legendary Pete Seeger

BY Victoria Fleischer  January 28, 2014 at 5:38 PM EDT


Peter Yarrow sings a version of Pete Seeger’s “If I had a Hammer” to help remember the legendary folksinger.

Peter Yarrow, a member of the folksinging trio Peter, Paul and Mary, remembers Pete Seeger as a “beacon of what was possible.”

Pete Seeger playing the banjo in about 1966. Photo by Sam Falk/New York Times Co./Getty Images

Pete Seeger playing the banjo in about 1966. Photo by Sam Falk/New York Times Co./Getty Images

Although his words were simple, Yarrow says he was passionately persistent.

“He refused to answer. He took a stand and never faltered,” Yarrow told chief correspondent Jeffrey Brown on Tuesday. “The struggle was just what he did and he saw himself in those terms, but it wasn’t a sense of arrogance or presumptions. He was the most humble guy you ever met.”

Pete Seeger died on Monday night at the age of 94. His music career, which spanned over 70 years and 100 recorded albums, influenced countless musicians and activists. Peter, Paul and Mary were among them.

“He was our inspiration. His ethic, his whole perspective was that music was there to bring people’s hearts together, really, the basis for doing what we did.”

Watch Peter Yarrow help remember Pete Seeger with chief arts correspondent Jeffrey Brown from the broadcast of the PBS NewsHour.