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

A member of the folksinging trio Peter, Paul and Mary, Peter Yarrow remembers Pete Seeger as passionately persistent. "He refused to answer. He took a stand and never faltered." Yarrow sang a version of Seeger's "If I had a Hammer" to help remember the legendary folksinger.

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 around 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 arts 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 Tuesday's broadcast of the PBS NewsHour to hear more of Peter Yarrow's memories of Pete Seeger. You can tune in to our Ustream channel at 6 p.m. EST or check your local PBS listings.

See how other artist remember Pete Seeger. You'll find stories and old performances, including a recording from 1941 by WNYC.