Lee Hays

Lee Hays (March 14, 1914 – August 26, 1981), was an American folk-singer and songwriter, best known for singing bass with The Weavers. Throughout his life, he was concerned with overcoming racism, inequality, and violence in society. Hays wrote or co-wrote "Wasn't That a Time?", "If I Had a Hammer, "and "Kisses Sweeter than Wine", which became Weavers' staples. He also familiarized audiences with songs of the 1930s labor movement, such as "We Shall Not be Moved".

Read more about Lee HaysChildhood, Teenage Years, Commonwealth College, The Almanacs and World War II, People's Songs, The Weavers and The Red Scare, Later Life

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Follow The Drinkin' Gourd - History - Lee Hays
... In 1947, Lee Hays, of the Almanac Singers and The Weavers, rearranged Follow the Drinkin' Gourd and published it in the People's Songs Bulletin ... Familiar with African-American music and culture, Hays stated that he himself had heard parts of the song from an elderly black woman named Aunty Laura ... Hays described the melody as coming from Aunty Laura, while the lyrics came from anthologies – probably the Parks version ...
Lee Hays - Later Life
... Lee Hays, after the election of Ronald Reagan, at the Hudson River Revival in Croton Point Park, Croton, N.Y ... In 1958, Hays began recording a series of children's albums with The Baby Sitters, a group that included a young Alan Arkin, the son of a family friend of the ... Mary's cover of "If I Had a Hammer" in the mid-1960s, Hays, whose mental and physical health had been shaky for years, lived mostly on income from royalties ...
The Weavers - History
... The Weavers were formed in November 1948 by Ronnie Gilbert, Lee Hays, Fred Hellerman, and Pete Seeger ... In 1940 and 1941, Hays and Seeger had co-founded a previous group, the Almanac Singers, which disbanded during the war ... During the Red Scare, however, Pete Seeger and Lee Hays were denounced as Communist Party members by FBI informant Harvey Matusow (who later recanted) and ended up being called up to testify to the House ...
Traditional Songs - Contemporary Folk Music - Major Performers Who Emerged From The 1940s To The Early 1960s
... The Almanac Singers Almanac members Millard Lampell, Lee Hays, Pete Seeger, and Woody Guthrie began playing together informally in 1940 the Almanac Singers were formed in December 1940 ... regular members of the group, Pete Seeger and Lee Hays, later became founding members of The Weavers ... Gone?", "If I Had a Hammer (The Hammer Song)", (composed with Lee Hays of The Weavers), and "Turn, Turn, Turn!", all three of which have been ...

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